March 6, 2017

There's No Underwear in Space

Wearing decent brands in the 1980s/1990s had its meaning. “These indicated that you would probably go to college,” poet Eileen Myles writes in Chelsea Girls, “drive a sports car, have a career and go to Europe at one point.” She adds: “There was so much hope in clothes."

In her autobiographical book Wishful Drinking, published in 2008, Carrie Fisher talks about the shooting of Star Wars and the signature white outfit of Princess Leia:
George [Lucas] comes up to me the first day of filming and he takes one look at the dress and says, "You can't wear a bra under that dress."
So, I say, "Okay, I'll bite. Why?"
And he says, "Because. . . there's no underwear in space."

“Why is it,” artist Wolfgang Müller ponders over coffee, “that what is down below, like our feet, is mostly considered to be less important than that which is up high, like our head?”

“Jugendstil meets Punk” was the title of Wolfgang Müller’s talk at the Bröhan Museum in May 2013. Surrounded by stylish tea cups with floral decorations, Müller talked about 1980s punk stilettos of animal bones and a bra made out of wigs found at the Berlin flea market. Jugendstil is now considered to be beautiful but of course, originally, Jugendstil was a “youth style,” which, just like punk, was considered to be rebellious, obscene and decadent, for instance by using sex to provoke, and this is how Jugendstil and Punk meet.

In 1983, Karl Lagerfeld dressed singer and supermodel Grace Jones for the Grammy Awards, where she was nominated for her One Man Show. Lagerfeld designed for her a “winner’s outfit”, with a gigantic gladiatorial bowl-shaped hat that matched with a square shoulder wire dress. 

“In fashion the future lasts three months, three months, three months,” so Karl Lagerfeld.

A Winner Outfit

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