Thursday, May 27, 2010
When a designer develops his ideas from the textures he is drawn to and when the character of those textures is combined with the colours that move him as well as the stories he wishes to tell- he has succeeded in making the every day act of dressing ourselves more than a simple act of repetition, but rather an adventure. Bill Gibb, known for his intricate gypsey dresses that won him designer of the year in 1970, was a man that dressed women so that they could create a story out of their every day lives.
Carly Simon, Francoise Hardy and Michelle Phillips all strongly contributed to redefining the female aesthetic. They were not only feminine and sensual but questioning, daring and individual. Carly Simon wrote songs in order to mark the begining of a new type of woman, one that was at the brink of shaking off the conventions that had kept her domestic and at the mercy of household monotony. What started out as a trap for cliches and extremes, the feminist movement found expression in the voices of young talented women who understood the importance of retaining but at the same time rediscovering notions of femininity.