Style Addict December 08
Not one, but two glossy titles to shamelessly indulge in this month.
First up after a much-applauded debut the long-awaited second issue of Drama is about to hit the shelves. Merging the performing arts with fashion and exquisite photography, the biannual glossy boasts an exclusive 40-page special from the legendary Michael Roberts, a feature with 'I Am Because We Are' film director, Nathan Rissman, as well as screen players: Dominic Cooper, Juno Temple, Alex Pettyfer and Rachel Hurd Wood. While top snapper and Drama founder Ram Shergill contributes visuals from all over the globe – from the brothels in Nevada to the volcanic landscape of Sicily.
If tunes are more your thing then new launch FashionMusicStyle might well be your bag. Democratically dedicated to promoting a wide range of talent – FMS features established bands alongside unsigned artists. On the fashion front think rock chic threads meets drag queen make-up, streetstyle with a jolt of attitude.
Bill Gibb: A Personal Journey
Accompanying the publication of Iain R Webb’s book Bill Gibb Fashion And Fantasy, the Fashion Museum in Bath has put on a display. Gibb, often referred to as Britain’s forgotten fashion genius, created numerous iconic ensembles throughout the 1970s. Webb collaborated with Rosemary Harden at the Fashion Museum on the compact exhibition which features 26 complete outfits plus a pin-board of sketches, press cuttings and photographs.
Web commented: “As a teenager I swooned over the photographs of Gibb’s designs featured in Vogue magazine, and was inspired to follow his lead and study fashion design at St Martin’s School of Art, the very same course Gibb himself had taken years earlier.”
Of the British designers of that era it was Bill Gibb who best captured the hippie movement. Romantic, billowing drapes, floor-skimming hemlines and a hotchpotch of folk, florals, check, tartan and stripes – sometimes all worn at once. Stand out pieces include his leather panelled skirt printed with silver chrysanthemum flowers, the black and white woodland print Medieval-esque blouse and the multi-coloured Djellabah.
Bill Gibb: A Personal Journey is on until 4th October 2009
Bill Gibb Fashion and Fantasy by Iain R Webb, published by V&A Publications is available from the Fashion Museum shop.
Style Addict Top 5 Wish List
Noticed all this talk of ‘make do and mend’ of late? Yes, it seems we are all watching those pennies but this credit crunch era doesn’t have to reflect on our wardrobes. Students are a prime example of creative dressing on a budget – vintage finds, swap-shop parties and a touch of customisation can go a long way. Besides, it’s a more environmentally conscious approach to fashion.
Stylish finds that won’t break the bank…
1 Vintage Givenchy Paris Earrings by Sassy & Boo www.sassyandboo.com
2 Delma Blue Suede Bar Shoes at www.office.co.uk
3 Rachel Essex Vintage Swallow and Flower Necklace at www.asos.com
4 Gold Beaded Clutch www.butlerandwilson.co.uk
5 Beau dress by Darling www.sassyandboo.com
Model of the Moment – Jourdan Dunn
Discovered while shopping with a friend in Primark Jourdan Dunn has blasted her way onto the international fashion scene. Dunn signed with Storm Model Management in 2006 and has since catwalked for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen and Hermes. In fact, Dunn was the first black model to walk for Italian brand Prada in ten years. Portfolio wise Dunn's resume reads like an established veteran; Vogue, i-D, Benetton, TopShop, POP, Dazed & Confused, the list goes on, and yet she has only been in the game for two years. Last month she was crowned Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards and this is just the beginning.
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