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Monday, October 16, 2006

Skirt girl

Alison Willoughby’s skirts combine two of my loves – fashion and textiles. Her skirts are like pieces of art and they're wearable. They’re a real exploration of material and when worn they come to life.

In 2001, Alison graduated with an MA in Constructed Textiles from the Royal College of Art. Her skirts are "the inevitable outcome of a love of kilts" and the "treasures she and her sister found in her mother’s dressing-up box – petticoats, taffeta skirts, ostrich feathers and clothes from the 1930’s to 1960’s".

Above image was featured in Czeck magazine Blok. I think Alison's skirts are really rock’n roll...and a bit punk rock. You can tell that she is inspired by places in the city that are “neglected, ever-changing, disintegrating and subsiding”. This works beautifully in combination with the rich materials the skirts are made of – at the same time contrasting and balancing.

This is from an installation at Urban Outfitters in Glasgow.


Anonymous mav said...

oh wow. these are so inpspiring karin. xx mav

2:47 PM  
Blogger Abigail said...

*swoon* !!

2:42 AM  
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Anonymous alyssa said...

Thanks so much for that great link. Her skirts are so amazing and inspiring. I was floored by their beauty and freshness.

12:02 PM  
Blogger natasha said...

i have seen these over the past year or so all over the internet and they are just lovely. i would love to see one in person. i bet my dressform (effie ireland) would love to wear one!

5:28 PM  

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