Friday, 15 April 2011

'My business is to create'

'P.S. I Love You' (the film), and Holly's attempt at William Blake:

 '"I must create a..."...something?! "Or be enslaved by another man's"...something?!'

But it's what she said afterwards that really struck a chord with me:

 'All I know is, if you don't figure out the 'something', you'll just stay ordinary. And it doesn't matter if it's a work of art, or a taco, or a pair of socks. Just create something new and there it is. And it's you, out in the world, outside of you. And you can look at it, or hear it, or read it, or feel it...and you know a little bit more about you. A little bit more than anybody else does. Does that make any sense at all?'

Well I happen to think it makes perfect sense. You're probably wondering what this has to do with fashion, but if you think about it, it has everything to do with fashion. Every single day we use our clothes to tell the world a little something about ourselves, whether we realise it or not. If you see me wearing heels then it's likely that i'm in the mood to take over the world; or maybe i'm trying to cheer myself up by restoring that bit of self-confidence and esteem that inevitably comes with an extra 4 inches.

But now i've decided to take the idea a little bit further. A couple of months ago I found two beautiful vintage white cotton slip dresses, and managed to get them for just £5. One would make the perfect white summer dress, while the other would be good for lounging around in before bed on a warm evening. I went to a material shop in London and bought some ribbon so that I can change the straps and maybe add a few bits here and there. I'm not really a vintage person or much of a customiser, so this is a big deal for me! I'm going to make them over the weekend, so watch out for the photos soon.

My tip for the day: find some bargains and get customising...not only is it both fun and rewarding, but it'll stop you from just staying ordinary!

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