lumps and bumps





This post has been like, three years in the making. I've actually had this outfit in my head since I first saw my favorite collection....I've just never actually put it on. I've had it since before the blog, but I never wore it until today. I hope you're into it, 'cause I am.

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I decided to photograph it different than my other outfits, 'cause it's obviously a different animal entirely and is purely conceptional. I still used my d3100, but I wanted the photos to be really unapproachable and kind of weird and old looking. Different lighting changes everything! I like how  it looks like someone took them on a bad film camera. I think it falls in the CDG aesthetic, don't you?

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The Lumps n Bumps collection was like, probably the least commercially successful one Rei ever did.... but it's also arguably the most important one of hers in fashion history. It is kind of grotesque, and for that I obsess over it religiously. First ever fashion related thing that burned itself into my mind. Burned! I wrote one of my college application essays on it. It just taught me a lot, you know? You don't need to be pretty to be cool. It's ok to try really hard. It's fun to be alienating and creepy!!! Cuteness and approach ability are overrated anyway. I don't want cater to other people's expectations. The best place I've ever been was inside my own head, so I just pull out things from my imagination and hope for the best most of the time. And most of the time, it works. 

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It was pretty simple to mimic the look of the collection -- I just added padding using scarves and my crinoline! I could have added more bumps but I wanted to be able to move, sooooo. You can't see it because I didn't like most of the pictures, but the silhouette is exactly the same as the white look at the top of this post. I just rolled my crinoline into a ball and shoved it up my butt! Wait, that came out wrong. Not actually in......... but like, around. We're all friends here so I'm not oversharing. I think the look have been best with oversized binder clips for my jacket but I just shoved it inside itself to get what I was looking for. 

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I like how absurd it is. I like how unwearable it can be. It's nonsensical and kind of ugly but it's unforgettable and different and I am so, so happy I have a version to call my own, even if it's not the real thing. And this entire outfit cost me $15, instead of the probably like $500000000 original cost. I think I did good. Anyway, I hope you like -- or that you don't, and it terrifies you and makes you think. Either way works for me.  

P.S I have an alternate photo set up on my tumblr, where i used "normal" lighting. It should be up at the same time this post goes up so you can check it out too. 

P.P.S: thank you for the mention Refinery29! Much appreciated. 

19 comments:

Eline said...

This is pretty much perfect.

Eku said...

I actually like yours better than the original. It's amazing.
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Claire said...

I can not handle the greatness here. This is probably my favorite outfit post of yours. Ahhh! It's just. So. Perfect!

Lydia said...

Wow this is really amazing. Fabulous job. You nailed it.

Madame G said...

This is a great post. It's always inspiring to see people pushing the boundaries with fashion and looking deliberately odd. Well done!

Care said...

These outfits also seem to be poking fun at "curves" and the natural changing that occurs as the body ages. And at the same time draw attention to, and promote the perfect, matchstick model body. I am SURE I am reading too much into it, but I am curious whether or not it was psychologically challenging for these models to walk down the runway with the very hips they run from when they deny themselves chocolate cake.
Did this outfit challenge your own body image, Arabelle??

Arabelle said...

Oh man, that is such good commentary Care! I thought about that too when I saw the collection. Honestly, I read it as being more mimicking -- and emphasizing -- the actions of the body as it goes through the day. Looks from the collection often had humpbacks, and super exaggerated hips, and what have you. I read it as calling attention to the way our body changes throughout the day, and throughout our lives, but I don't think it was trying to glorify the skinny body at all. I think it was actually trying to do the opposite? I think the clothes purposely deform the body so you don't SEE it as a perfect body, you see it as this weird, alien creature, and I think that transformation is the coolest thing about it. It forces you to see the body differently, like the clothes are swallowing you up and you are being worn by them and not the other way around. I think if it were really idealizing the skinny person it would be more conventionally "pretty". It would be more about hanging and draping and less about bumps. More about empty space, less about created space.

Did it challenge my body image? Nope, I have a rock solid idea of myself. Sure, I felt ridiculous, but I wanted to feel that way, I felt exposed and it was really cool. When I feel 'cute' I feel like I'm hiding something. When I do weird shit, I feel like myself.

poison ivy said...

Such an entertaining post! Great job!

Joel said...

absolutely in love with all of these pieces and the fashion politics!

Catherine said...

I can't believe you're the same age as I - I mean, I can, since eighteen year olds can be awesome and aware and whatnot, but your interpretation of fashion is so inspiring. I only recently started following your blog, which is a bit disappointing on my part.

If I ever met you, I'd totally want to be friends with you. Just sayin'. That probably sounds creepy. Oh well.

xox

meagan said...

this is wonderful.

Magnet said...

That is an excellent do it yourself of such a thought provoking collection. It's nice to see fashion that challenges people's ideas in this way. If I saw you in the street like that, I'd probably think something like "shit! that girl is awesome!" Because I agree with the comment you posted in response to Care, I also feel more like myself when I do something 'weird' if I ever dress more like the conventional style of pretty, I feel like a poser.

whitemaskgirl said...

Looks good, and I really like that you try and succed being odd. Pushing the boundries are fun!

Carmen said...

Ahhhhhh, you're amazing! I love the bumps in this outfit and the matching of the blue and red! Really bold!

Carmen Ri.

Under Urooba's Umbrella! said...

I am dumbfounded.

A bold move of you; it's very interesting to say the least.

Howevs, yours is a PERFECT replica! Kudos.

FashionFreak/Mihaela said...

you're such a lovely fashion pirate! xD

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D♥R said...

Genius! Love it !

ekaterina said...

stunning

brie said...

this is brilliant! it's so creative and intriguing; everything from the colours, to the checkered pattern and the lumps and bumps are the cherries on top! also the way you shot this is so beautiful- it reminds me a lot of janieta eyre's self portraits and how she incorporates different outfits to create a strange storyline.