31 August 2013

we can get in trouble just by going free flow


The second to last day in London, Scott and I just went everywhere with me in his creations. This is from his White Project from last year, I remember listening to his development process on Skype while he was working on it. I've seen Scott develop a lot as a designer through his sketchbooks and the signature aspects of his creations are always heavy, intensive knits and large volume. I love the distortion of the body and how I end up moving in his work - the best words for it might be an angelic monstrosity, you know? Some dresses float like on air, and that is a really powerful, sexy experience. But this defies that kind of movement and you as the wearer are forced to experience your clothes in a different way, and I love that. Some of it is stiff and other parts are floaty...it's ethereal in it's own way, it's a very alienating experience. It's always on the right side of absurd for me, I never feel uncomfortable in his stuff. If I try to describe how I feel in it, it's more like a hand is being extended to take me on a good trip. There is a lot of goodness involved.


 I think it's because we come from the same place aesthetics wise and share similar backgrounds. Scott's my designer just as much as CDG is, if not more, because I actually have an influence on what he creates. It's very fulfilling to have someone to collaborate with on ideas and to see them run with it and being able to wear the results in the end is a unique, rad experience. We like the same things to the point we never have to explain our influences to each other. We might not talk for weeks at a time, but then we'll talk for hours and share moodboards and they'll always have a few of the same main inspirations out of coincidence. And since we come from similar class circumstances, we get what the other person is trying to do. Because despite us being fashion kids -- him being a cutthroat kid at Central Saint Martins, me being a blogger-student juggling work and school forever -- we're still not secure or successful in the ways a lot of fashion kids are who come from money. We're always dipping into luxury art and fashion realms but our actual daily realm is eating 99cent muffins for dinner because we're too broke to afford real food because student loans, and materials for our work. So we're always drawn to bringing our aesthetics into our neighborhoods, it's a visual representation of the weird juggling act we're constantly participating in. Photographing his work and our collaborations in neighborhoods that don't match up visually -- that's just our lives, really. We don't match up to the expectations our clothes -- or dreams -- tell us we should have. And I personally enjoy that very much. 


We took a lot of pictures in this dress so it was hard to narrow it down -- you'll likely see different iterations of our approach in the future in this, I want to show you how fun it is to wear. Anyway -- hope all is well and you are safe and sound. 

12 comments:

Christian Anhalt said...

I love this dress! It's totally something I would wear
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kasmslo said...

back of this design reminds me a few yayoi kusama pieces ...
some scans i did back in the day ...
http://i46.tinypic.com/o94mzs.jpg
http://i48.tinypic.com/og589.jpg

Arabelle Sicardi said...

holy shit i didn't even make the connection and i've written about yayoi before! wah. thanks for the scans.

Bethany Rose said...

Love this. Your writing on class especially, I always end up tying myself in knots when I consider the intersections of class and fashion. Like in many ways you can argue that the politics of presentation in fashion is inherently a working class thing, at least in terms of 20th century fashion, in terms of fronting on the street and using image to go beyond your environment, to challenge your environment. That sorta thing.


Yet, the reality of somewhere like CSM (speaking as a working class CSM graduate) is super classist and snooty and weird. The year before I went there I did a big project on working class identity and fashion and I was in this huge bubble of Alexander Mcqueen love so I kinda persuaded myself it was going to be ok. But I dunno when I got there tutors laughed at the way I pronounced certain words and small colloquialisms I had. And used words like 'chav' to describe ppl who they felt shouldn't wear certain labels. Who shouldn't go to certain places. And then stuff got confusing and in all honesty I lost a lot of confidence in terms of whether someone like 'me' should even like fashion! Its honestly only because of you and Tavi and Rookie that I got my confidence back and learnt to love fashion again. Ok that sounds kinda cheesy and after school special but I really do mean that!


Bethany


xxx


p.s I saw on tumblr about your internship at teen vogue?! Congrats X9744439!! I am so happy and excited for you and you totally deserve it and you will be awesome!! Can't wait to see all the amazing stuff you are going to do, and I can't begin to say how happy I am that you are putting emphasis on trans* bbs :')

http://coffeevogue.blogspot.it said...

Nice hair! I might go with pink this Autumn! ;)
xoxo

Lydia said...

THIS. IS. AMAZING.

carla said...

THE SECOND PHOTO IS SO PERFECT. hanging on the basketball courts with immense style.

Sophie Frances said...

Arabelle this is so amazing. That dress is unreal, its the physical manifestation of everything I could possibly want aesthetically. you are such an inspiration to me.

Charlotte said...

That dress is absolutely fucking beautiful. I love the ones of you in front of those square windows.

pupa said...

instantly reminded me of yaoi as well! i love this dress, its silhouette, its layers, its textures


your description is lovely, makes me wanna wear it, seems interesting


your take on class and fashion is interesting as well, though i really do feel that juggling classes while still being able to save up for cdg pieces is a privilege many of us don't have. i fully support your descisions however, it's gorgeous how much you love fashion, how much time and energy you invest in it an how much pleasure you find in it. it is truly awesome to save up for it and you probably cut out many luxuries for it, please coninue doing this, it is worth it, for you. i think i'll finally be able to actually save money and, though cdg is gonna be way out of my range for a long time (but also my personal feelings on spending money, i break out in sweat when i have to spend a huge sum, though i've never regretted spending huge sums so far), i think i'm gonna save up for a set of la fille d'o, i passed by her shop recently and her new yellow pieces are gorgeous ughhh. also not to be unpolite but do you have a certain way of saving up? like budget this and that? i got a budgetting program and i think i'm going to put a la fille d'o possible purchase in it as saving goal aahh

Arabelle Sicardi said...

yeah i understand where you're coming from, the fact my jobs pay me enough & i have enough financial aid so that i can pay for my survival alongside saving for clothes is not something everyone has.


i do have a budget, but i often break it (though i always pay myself back). i make my checks automatically split with most of the money going into my savings and the rest is "spending money". since i already know roughly how much i will need to save to get at least one piece i really want annually, i just try to set aside that much in my savings for when the occasion comes up. cdg is a very important priority in my life and i would rather save up and not go out to dinner or whatever when i don't have to, when i could put that $30 towards a skirt i want or something. i ration my paychecks into categories: savings, CDG savings, monthly allowance. this works out pretty well for me.

pupa said...

+ the fact that you have some jobs (and awesome jobs too?) makes you very lucky, though in a large part it's because you're incredibly talented, but everyone needs luck in this world sadly. don't let anyone ever tell you you don't deserve any of it, because you do and more.


thank you for your reply! i also really like the idea of paying yourself back, i've never thought of that? i always feel like i've "lost" when i went over my budget (which always happens). i haven't spent anything these past 8 months because i've had less than anything to spend so it'll be easy to continue saving up perhaps, thanks for your tips!!