We haven’t had a get the look for a while! Today we’ll take the look from the colourful and mixed-prints masters, the Dutch, with this watercolour from an Italian album in the Bunka Fashion College collection in Japan.
Because, who doesn’t love some mix-and-match? (images from top):
“North Holland”, ca. 1775, from "An album containing 90 fine water color paintings of costumes.“, Bunka Fashion College.
Printed cotton jacket, 1775-1780, Textile Museum of Canada.
White linen cap, 18th century, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Blue damask petticoat, Zaans Museum.
Plaid blue and white linen apron, ca. 1776, Colonial Williamsburg.
Debbie shoes, 18th century reproduction, Fugawee.com
Black frame knitted mitts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
so a lot of what im seeing is a huge focus on super ornate clothing, esp inspired by traditional folk costumes with lots of embroidery etc. but at the same time theres a huge emphasis on handicrafts and artisinal work.
so i think its important to make a reminder that those clothes, though hand made, were not what people wore every day. that’s formal wear, especially the more i=ornate stuff. (other things, like smocking, where practical as well, as decorative, but i digress)
so here’s my Solarpunk Fashion Vision™:
simple, easy to mix and match garments for daily wear. more boxy, shaped using belts etc. most style comes from color or jewelry, not on the actual clothes.
for stuff like special events and festivals, fancier clothes with more decoration etc. not to say it couldnt be worn otherwise but its impractical to suggest that such clothing could be produced on a large enough scale to be worn often.
HOME OF THE BRAVE: Model Citizens - models: Alek Wek , Asgok Mayen (+ daughter Alyieth), Ajak Deng, Grace Bol & Achok Majak - photographer: Inez & Vinoodh - text: Robert Sullivan - sittings editor: Camilla Nickerson - hair: Christiaan - makeup: Aaron de Mey - Vogue January 2017
“If you or your family are from South Sudan, you worry. The country is embroiled in a bloody civil war, the world just barely taking note. Grace Bol, Ajak Deng, and Alek Wek are immigrants. Angok Mayen has refugee status, and Mayen’s daughter, Alyieth, is a U.S. citizen - born here, like Achok Majak. They are all models (including Alyieth, in this instance). “ I would like to see everyone get along,” says Bol. “I love all our tribes.” While here sisters grew up in South Sudan, Majak grew up in L.A., where she saw the sort of anxiety that war refugees feel on the arrival in the U.S. “I want a bright future for those who are younger - who are the future,” she says. Wek stresses the need to listen - especially to women - “to really show the beauty of the diversity of us within the continent.” she says. “I think it teaches the younger generation that they can be kind to one another. South Sudan has so much hope-I mean, look at the U.S.: Almost 250 years, and we still have challenges.”
featured designers: Michael Kors Collection - A.L.C. - BY Bonnie Young
So as you can tell I got a bunch of the Bratz fashion packs, they are all great for mixing and matching. I also got a Mirror Beach Maddie and swapped her head with Chloe. I’m so thrilled with the result!
Another chilly day but I’m still out and about. I got the chance to spend the day with a wonderful friend I hadn’t seen in a while. She gave me a copy of a novel based on Welcome to Nightvale which is awesome. We also saw The Force Awakens which I highly recommend. :D
Okay, good fashion tip for on-the-fence femboys who might be just starting out. It’s perfectly okay to wear guyish clothes if you’re comfortable with it. Flannels are perfectly suitable, especially in cool temperatures. Not every day needs to be a “shorts and crop-top” kind of day. Mixing and matching feminine with boyish is a big part of femboy fashion. :)