Sunday, November 25, 2007

united bamboo

I love what they're trying to do with these clothes. The fact that they can even make the shapes stay in place while on the body is no small feat. I think it raises a question about geometry and the flattering lines of the female form. Very little of what I saw on had any respect for the waist. I think that it would be fairly difficult to use such large boxy shapes to produce anything other than a large boxy silhouette. Which is not to say that, given a chance I wouldn't take it apart and see how it was made. It makes me curious about deco era clothes and their fascination with the orient and boxy silhouettes.

I love this collar

And this skirt

The real tour de'force


hannah said...

thanks carly! those were some of the very pieces i saw at opening ceremony. Speaking of respect for the waist, I saw some photos of adam arnold's private show last month, and he had some interestingly cut pieces -- sort of origami inspired -- that still were very figure-flattering. if you went and checked them out in his studio i'd love to hear about it.

Anonymous said...

Hey Hannah and Carly,

thanks for the images and info. I watched The Great Gatsby last night, and I was looking at the dresses from the twenties and their disregard for the waist. Great fun to dance in, lots of trims and stuff dripping off them, but hardly a waistline to be found. Also, very unfitted loose armholes on narrow strapped sleeveless dresses, which I can't remember seeing since those big denim jumper dresses in the eighties worn over, say, a white turtleneck, fake pearls, and a scrunchie in your big hair! I never had big hair, but it wasn't for lack of trying!