Me in the J/W Anderson for Topshop bat jumper, Christmas, 2012
So I wore my J.W. Anderson bat jumper the other day. It was on a trip to London and I was so excited to wear it again after a long, hot summer. If this was in Bristol it would be w/ever. Here the focus is on high street fashion, we do love our Primark. And why not? Primark is awesome. I have honestly, genuinely, formed soul connecting bonds over the Christmas jumpers in Primark. But I dunno, ppl in London are more savvy, less body con dresses, more side eye.I started to worry that ppl were gonna think I was a total fashion victim. "Poor dear, twelve months too late." Cos I would have srsly looked Bang on Trend (cringe) if this was 2012. Why? Cos Alexa:
But this isn't 2012. And what happens to Must Have Items come next autumn? Are they packed off to an orphanage a la Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, once their owners have outgrown them with the passing seasons. And what about ppl like me who bought that jumper because they saw it in the Topshop magazine and thought it was the most wonderful jumper they'd ever seen. And promised themselves, if they got the job, they'd buy it as a congratulations to themselves. And they did. And they wore it on their first day. And now me and the bat jumper have a history. I don't wanna start blanking it in the hallways cos now everyone else is sucking up to a pink M and S coat. Sure that coat is lovely, but my jumper is lovely too. I don't see why there can't be room on the popular kids table for the both of them y'kno?
It makes me think of this interview in Dazed, a conversation piece between Simone Rocha and Simone Bourgeois' assistant Jerry Gorovoy. This extract in particular:
Simone Rocha: I hope it does transcend time because fashion is something I don’t feel should be disposable. It’s about having a relationship to it, whether it’s how it makes them feel, or how they feel when they’re in it with somebody else. Things should be made in a beautiful way even if it is taken from a dark place; even if you’re designing a t-shirt, it should have a soul. If you treat it with sensitivity it should have longevity.
Dazed: I think it has a lot to do with memories: this idea that garments can hold memories and they become specific to a certain time and emotional connection.
Louise Bourgeois never threw anything out, instead turning her old clothes into art works:
Louise Bourgeois - PINK DAYS AND BLUE DAYS, 1997 Steel, fabric, bone, wood, glass, rubber and mixed media 297.1 x 220.9 x 220.9 cm.Collection Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Photo: Peter Bellamy, © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by DACS
Louise Bourgeois - COUPLE I, 1996. Fabric, hanging piece 203.2 x 68.6 x 71.1 cm.Photo: Christopher Burke, © The Easton FoundationARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by the Artist Rooms Foundation 2013
But I am tied to the twenty-one winters that come before me. Twenty-one Christmases, twenty-two birthdays, twenty-one jumpers. There are sad things in those years. There is trauma and ill health. But there is also some really cute clothes. Why must I honour the former and not the latter? Perhaps we should not be so quick to forget the beautiful things of last season. The items that filled us with childlike wonder and turned brown paper shopping bags into Christmas stockings. There are ugly things in fashions' past, and I am not ordering you to wear your shameful soft grunge past like a Scarlet letter. But if there is something magical in your wardrobe, that makes you feel lovely and special when it cradles your body. Treasure it. I have no time for deprivation. No time at all.