So it's a hot as evening in ChCh, I'm 1.5 beers in, I'm feeling good and I want to talk about fashion. The thing I constantly feel grateful about working in museums/galleries is that you get to work with your favourite things. On a daily basis. I've worked with fine art, decorative art, furniture (and hot damn do I love me a good chair), social history material and ......textiles and fashion. I love fashion. I think I more than love it. Ever since I was a wee person drawing dresses for my imaginary fashion house or designing ballet costumes for weird little productions I'd put on just for myself in my room, I've been obsessed. So in acknowledgement of that wee (and now big) fashion obsessed person, this week's Fast Five is about fashion and style and icons.
1. I love me a robe volante. This one's at the Met. My fashion obsession began early with a love of "big dresses" as I called them. Usually the bigger the better and the more corseted the better. This rule of thumb has drastically shifted over time but I still adore this silhouette. Its unstructured, uninterrupted flow of fabric at the front and back, designed to show off beautiful and expensive textiles, is so beautiful, romantic and simplistic.
2. I adore this dress. Gilbert Adrian was a costume designer in Hollywood and I think this dress embodies the sophisticated theatricality of Hollywood's Golden Era. It's glamorous, show-offy and cinematic. And that print! Puts all of those hipster pineapple prints to shame imo. Ahhh, this one's at he Met too....
3. Icon. If I could be transported to time, place, person, fashion I would choose: the 1970s, Studio 54, Bianca Jagger and that silk hooded jumpsuit. I love the ease, the glamour, the strong femininity. A parade of endless parties, celebrities, champagne and amazing fashion. Yes please.
4. I adore Japanese fashion and Issey Miyake has to be the reigning King. His work is marked by an unusual, sometimes bizarre, but always effortless beauty and an inquisitive exploration of texture and shape. What I wouldn't give to slip this baby on. Oh, it's at the Met. Of course.
5. Icon. Second to the 70s and Bianca Jagger would be Rihanna, any time, all the time. She just brings it every god damn time. Case in point, this years Met Gala (there's a Met theme emerging here that I really, honestly didn't plan but, oh well). Celebrating the opening of China: Through the Looking Glass, everyone else turns up in pretty, boring, unimaginative, usually sheer (looking at you Bey) dresses and then comes Rihanna. I think she's the only one who got the brief. Firstly she wore a costume by an actual Chinese designer (Guo Pei). Secondly she didn't follow any trends unlike 95% of the other attendees. Thirdly she looked amazing. I love Rihanna for many, many reasons and among them is her approach to fashion - she's not afraid to be bold, unique, unfeminine, vulnerable, completely badass and she embodies a brash approach to sexuality that is usually (publicly at least) reserved for men. God damn Queen.
And on that note, I'm just gonna leave this here......