How do you feel about Fashion? Fascinated but from a safe distance? Keenly in the vanguard? Kid yourself it has no place in your sartorial choices? Overwhelmed? Underwhelmed?
Moving along the shelves from my pattern drafting books I pulled out ‘Fashion Details, 1,000 Ideas From Neckline to Waistline, Pockets to Pleats’ , a Rockport publication, dated 2011.
Bondaged, straight jacketed, in a bit of a state. Cui bono.
Random Decoration, mixed metaphor, weird shit on your head.
Facial Obliteration. Identity crisis or bank job?
Medical Experimentation. Thermoregulation. The subject was kept warm as toast from the waist up. How does her body respond to being frozen south of the equator? Control group gets proper clothes.
Drab. Enough shapeless neutral already!
Pointless Iconaclasm Dada has a lot to answer for.
Unrealistic Expectations. Looks commanding in an etherial way from the front on impossibly tall, thin models who aren’t moving, smiling, coughing, eating, carrying three or four plastic bags of shopping, picking up a wriggling toddler clutching an ice cream. Not all views are equal. Less designing than choosing. Reverse Darwinism. Unnatural selection .
Underwear as Outerwear. I’ve got nothing to wear. Nothing! Be bold, just wear your big knickers. Put it in your diary.
Have I missed a fashion faux pas? What’s your fashion nemesis? Would you cut the cutting edge design, or shred it for dog’s bed filler?
Lest you get the wrong impression, this book offers an organised photographic scramble through fashion details, many of which are more enviable, desirable, rip-offable than the above whinge would suggest. Its in the vein of the designer’s scrap book or pile of magazines with the dog-eared pages, but looks better on your coffee table. As well as snickering at the desperate fringe of fashion, you can pass a happy hour or two mining for gems.
All photos are from the above book, included for discussion purposes. Designers in order Nerea Lurgain, Julius, Malafacha, Elena Skakun,Diana Dorado,Harrihalim, Mal Aimée, J JS Lee, The Swedish School of Textiles, Mal Aimée, American Perez, Aganovich