Indeed. Right. The idea backing this project was to find a vintage item and let this choice decide the theme and design of the project. I rummaged my mums wardrobe and came out with a cape like dress, with dropped rounded shoulders, a ruffled velvet skirt and a high zipped neck ski thermal.
From the silhouette formed by the three garments combined, I felt I should research into the Edwardian era, round 1905- 1912. What I produced, design wise, from my research is what you can see below, four items of my collection.
'He was an unreliable man. For our first date he showed up one year late. Therefore, when he left, to make sure he would come back, I insisted that he leave something with me as a hostage. A week later he sent me his most precious possession: a small french nineteenth- century painting, entitled The Love Letter, that portrays a young girl who bears an uncanny likeness to me. A year passed, and on January 18th, 1992, after having rented two rings an a witness, I became his bride in a simple ceremony held at a 24-hour drive-up wedding window on route 604 in Las Vegas. Later he gave me The Love Letter as a wedding gift. I had acquired a husband but in the process had lost my guarantee that he would always come back to me.'
'He dreamed of making movies. I dreamed of crossing America with him. To get him to follow me, I suggested that during the trip we make a film about our life together. He agreed, and on January 3rd, 1992, we left New York in his silver Cadillac and headed for California. One day nine months later- we hadn't yet written the words "THE END" on our movie - i reached with my hand under the car-seat to slide it forward, and came across a black plastic bag. I opened it. It contained letters, 24 to be exact, in Greg's handwriting, all addressed to a certain H, and sent- as the postmarks showed- during the course of 1992. I didn't know why but they were back in his possession, and he had chosen to hide them there. I read them all. and stole two. One because in it he says: "I'll be free in October." The other, for this phrase: "... with Sophie I have this 'baby' that wouldn't have existed if I hadn't so much passion for you...". I had given Greg the chance to fulfil his deepest desire, and here he was thanking another woman. A few days later he handed me a letter: " Sophie, I always knew you would come into my life. I want you also to know that I love you, and that you became the most precious thing to me."
...Doubting this, I decided to prove his letter right: he would be free in October.'
I created three characters, three moods, three stories, and designed for the aesthetic/ lifestyle that they represent.
Youth Bloom, Street Soul Riot, Dustbowl Cow Girl.
I've scanned below my favourite illustration drawings, chosen out of a ten piece capsule collection. Featuring..you guessed it...all denim...ooh i do say!
Food: Surprisingly asparagus in a orange and olive oil dressing (thank Gordon Ram.)
Film: The Lives of Others, Toms recommendation, German, bloody brilliant.
Collection: CSM MA at LFW. Really really. Really!
Book: The Gun Seller, Hugh Laurie.