In late January, fashion designers Viktor and Rolf showed their Spring 2019 Couture collection, and photos of the voluminous, candy-coloured dresses decorated with cheeky or inspiring messages were soon all over social media. I thought they were delightful - why wear your thoughts on a t-shirt when you can put them on a giant dress?
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The two dresses above are my favourites from the collection, which Harper's Bazaar dubbed "Slogan Couture". The quote on the green dress is from artist Frida Kahlo, and if I could own one dress from the collection, that would be it.
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I thought it would be fun to make a modified version of my own (because that is the kind of thing I would rather work on than clean my apartment). Since two giant dresses are better than one, I challenged my uber-creative friend and fellow blogger, Melanie, of Bag and a Beret, to make one too. Even though we live on opposite sides of the country we can still collaborate on creative projects.
The white dress in the photo above was the inspiration for our challenge. I knew I wouldn't be able to match its volume unless I was willing to spend a fortune on miles of tulle so I made do with multiple layers topped with some lace curtains and a vintage crinoline.
I wanted the messages on the dress to be a rebuttal to some of the messages society has given me for most of my adult life.
I learned at an early age to not open my mouth when I smiled in order to hide my protruding front teeth, and the lesson stuck for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, being acutely aware of not showing one's teeth can also result in what is unkindly referred to as "resting bitch face". When I was in my 20's and 30's, I was appalled when someone, usually a man, would pass me in the street and say "Oh come on, smile, it can't be that bad". I never knew how to respond, and so would say nothing. Either my expression has softened, or now that I'm older, men don't care what my face looks like, but it's been a while since anyone has told me to smile, and if they did, I would have no problem telling them to f**k off.
I'm enjoying experimenting with creative photo shoots for my blog and while they are definitely more time consuming and often require another person to take the photos, they provide a satisfaction that documenting my everyday outfits doesn't give me. I'm also improving my Photoshop skills which I've been wanting to do for ages. Melanie has been a huge inspiration when it comes to trying more creative approaches to photos and I can't wait to see her version of the "Big Dress". Head over to her blog to see what she's come up with - she's three hours behind me so it may not be up until later tonight.