Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Longing for Spring.. Dreaming of Erdem
This could also be named 'in praise of hand made pieces from ebay'. This beautiful vintage dress arrived on our doorstep about a week ago (yes, quite a few items from ebay have appeared recently! My mum and I have decided to not log in for a while now..) I was amazed when I saw it. I love surprises like these- where dresses that looked good in photos then turn out to be beautifully unique in the flesh (fabric?)
To start with, this vintage dress is handmade- one of a kind. And then you see the material! It has this amazing collage effect- like cuttings of plants and patterns taken from newspapers and stuck down in abstract formations. That's what makes it look so individually created, in the best possible way.
The other thing that struck me when I pulled it out of the tissue paper was how much it reminded me of an Erdem piece. I think it's all the opulent florals that made me think of his distinctive fabric prints.
However, I was at loss as to what to style the dress with for two reasons:
1- I am someone who finds it very hard to just put on one item and go. I like to think about layers and accessories, kind of making that piece of clothing my own.
And 2- The temperature. Yes, that little beast I am constantly wittering on about. (Though as I pointed out before, in this respect I am just stereotypically British: weather obsessed!) Don't let this sunshine decieve you!
So I added the old favourite, a silk shirt. I have a small collection of them now. 'One for Every Occasion!' (Silk, I adore thee!)
The brogues are repeat offenders on this blog, being one of my most cherished pairs of shoes. But somehow this dress just didn't look right with heels.
The necklace was made by me last summer. I've christened it 'Mummy's Scissors' as they are sewing scissors wrapped in silk 'bandages.' The belt is Jaeger. (Surprise, surprise! Maybe we should play a little game- at what point in each post shall Roz try to work Jaeger into the conversation?)
My original idea for the dress was to shoot it among the multitudes of snowdrops that have sprung up along the lane behind our house. However, it was when my dad and I got to the top of the hill and found the wind that the photos got better.. Blustery breezes and long dresses always make a great combination.
Now, a big thank you to all of you who gave me book and poetry suggestions in my last post.. I am definitely going to act on some of that advice! It's always great getting your responses.
Right, time to go and do my art homework.
Ps- My blog archive is only showing my latest six posts on the main page, despite it being set to ten in my settings. Does anyone with more technology knowledge than me know how I could fix this? Or is anyone else experiencing this problem? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.