SPACE blog – Erin Niven
I’ve always loved fashion. Even when I was little my mum and I had many arguments about what clothes I wanted to buy from Next kids. When I was about 12 I became obsessed with America’s Next Top Model, not because I wanted to be a model (let’s face it, being a chubby and not particularly tall child there wasn’t much hope in that department), but because I adored all the work that went into the fashion industry. I used to keep scrapbooks with cutouts from fashion magazines in the hope I could design something like that one day (I now totally regret throwing these out).
So as you can imagine, when I received a pair of Vivienne Westwood heels for Christmas a few years ago, I was in awe. I love Vivienne Westwood as I think she adds quirkiness to the most simple items of clothing.
Vivienne Westwood was born in England. When she met Malcom McLaren, the two moved into a council flat in Clapham (very chique). Malcolm opened a boutique in 1971 called “Let It Rock” which was later known as “Sex”, “Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die”, “Seditionaries” and “Worlds Ends”. This is where Vivienne Westwood first started selling her Vivienne Westwood label clothing.
Westwood was one of the architects of the punk fashion phenomenon of the 1970s saying “I was messianic about punk, seeing if one could put a spoke in the system in some way”. Vivienne is also an inspiration to many as she has been known for her outspoken political involvement. In September 2005, she collaborated with British civil rights group Liberty. She designed T-shirts and Babywear with the slogan “I AM NOT A TERRORIST, please don’t arrest me”. This was because of the proposed Anti-Terror legislation, which was repealed, which meant that foreigners suspected of being terrorists could be imprisoned without trial.
I think Vivienne Westwoods designs are masterpieces. She is all about taking something traditional and sending it into the future, which explains her classic Orb logo which is seen on every piece of clothing she has designed since around 1986. Most importantly, I think all her clothes have a message, whether this is that you shouldn’t discriminate against people with a different colour of skin or that you should always look to the future but remember where you come from. Vivienne Westwood is extremely important to the fashion world as she isn’t afraid to speak up for what she believes in.
SPACE blog – Adam Cabuk
Dior and ….. Someone else.
Fashion is something that eludes me. I have never had a genuine interest in it nor has fashion had an interest in me. I always thought it was for the vain and beautiful members of society, who are confident in themselves. Until, a few months ago, I suffered from body issues and lack of self confidence, which really made life difficult for me.I wasn’t even confident enough to walk out my front door wearing skinny jeans never mind experience the full extent of beauty and fashion.However, I am always up for trying new things and broaden my cultural vision. I need to try and experience things that are alien to me so I braced myself, held on and pressed play.
During “Dior and I”, I felt, it wasn’t really about the fashion. It was about the life story of this new designer Raf and how he is dealing with this new challenge. The only part I got excited about was his flower idea for the venue, which I personally think is appealing to the sight and sound sense, bringing the audience into this fragrant world of fashion but other than that, It was very bare. I feel I connected more with the dress makers,with there almost “the steamie” like chat and down to earth personalities. I certainly enjoyed the French element into the film, adding that touch of French flare and class into this movie. Overall, all of what Raf said went over my head, he was an extrinsic character I couldn’t connect with. The way he acted was confusing, his manner, his almost awkwardness. I couldn’t understand him. So the movie finished and that was that.
Friday night was really an enlightenment for me. It turned fashion into something I can relate and mange. Ideas, thoughts, designs, flew through my head, opening up this suppressed bit of my mind, in full bloom. It’s petals dancing around dusting all corners of this seemingly impenetrable mindset I put up. The pollen lighting the dark and attracting all buzz and life. I felt like I put on a new pair of glasses, seeing the world with a different light, catwalk light.
So I decided to watch “Dior and I” again.
I re-watched this movie, while jotting down sketches and ideas for the walk. Inspiration flowed from my pencil onto that page. I am not sure what it was, a clink in my system, a new pair of eyes. I looked about the screen searching for designs in the background. There was this dress in the background, it was beautiful. It looked like a mixed punk rock, ballet style dress, with jagged but elegant almost flares on the front. It remained me of mahiona, as a dress one of the drunk fairies would wear. A kind of just back from a night-out in the town look. Maybe, it’s because I am now a designer, I can understand Raf. His creation process, his thoughts. His quirks and ideas seem visible to me now, I get what he is saying and also what he is not saying. The power of his seemingly awkward silences. Although, his end designs to me weren’t as edgy or as daring as I would like( I prefer Alexander McQueen’s dangerous and breaking boundaries designs) it still added an interesting element of simplicity.
I feel I get it now. I get Raf and the world of fashion. Like my one of my favourite designers Grace Coddington. She speaks to me on a strange, internal level. Like my inner muse. They way she just gets it, I love it. She sees more than just the fabric, she sees the message, the inner soul screaming to be heard. My favourite shoot, was her last one, with the cameraman. For those who have seen it. how creative is that? How out of the box is that? How inspiring is that? She tells a story with her work, it’s not about the seams or the sparkle, it’s the message.
Fashion is about the message, the purpose. It’s not about pretty or beauty. It’s a story.
Now to refer to my title. For me, the movie is not about Dior and I. For Adam, doesn’t like fashion. I had no connection, no feel. Fashion and Adam don’t mix for now. However, this someone else, this locked away character inside me. He understand this, he is being creativity inspired in seeing these designs. He is indulging in the world of fashion, he is designing a fashion walk. This person is not named, for I am not sure who he is or where he came from. All I know is- I kind of like this guy.
Adam and Someone Else