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Wed, 09 Sep 2009
Pouts optional

I've created this aspirational image as a reminder to myself that the height of fashion and style is not jeans and a Threadless t-shirt (even if they are all $9 today *shakes fist*). And seeing as I cannot afford the postage on these lovely togs from Pinup Girl Clothing, let alone the togs themselves, I shall have to begin building them for myself. Yes.

Tue, 18 Mar 2008
The sacks and fashions of the early 1920s
L'averse Intempestive.  Illustration by George Barbiers. Frock by Worth

I have been scanning pages of a department store catalogue from 1923 which may interest people involved in a certain banquet later this year. If the ready-made fashions of Melbourne are not inspiring (they aren't to me - sacks! All of them, sacks!) you might prefer these scans of 1920s Gazette du Bon Ton. Even without the ability to read Japanese or (much) French at least I recognise names like Worth and Paul Poiret.

I have also used this exercise as an excuse to order the complete House Of Eliott. For the record the total cost if bought locally is in the region of $250. From the US, $87 inc postage.

Sat, 02 Sep 2006
The fashions of suburban Melbourne are not this interesting.

This is the first time I've ever wanted to talk about clothes on this blog and I've had to create a whole new category. But it was worth it. Via (Inside a Black Apple) I've found Hel-Looks, a tribute to Fruits magazine. The creator photographs street fashions in Helsinki and uploads them together with a tiny interview. It's awesome and addictive. I have spent a large part of today looking at every image, dating back over a year. Here are some of my favourites.

Some of these Helsinkians understandably cite Bjork and Harajuku as their influences. But if you look through a few of the other images you'll see that high street fashions are obvious, even among people who claim to maintain their own style (skinny leg jeans, pointy boots, major labels), but at least an equal number praise Finnish big-hair rock band Hanoi Rocks and old men as style gurus.