Saturday, 31 May 2014

She had the grace ... to know there was no pleasing her: Outfit inspired by A.S. Byatt's The Children's Book

Today's outfit seems like the perfect costume to go and see Maleficent the Angelina Jolie movie in. I've had this dress for years and brought it on one of my many trips to LA when I worked as a video director. With its huge sleeves its one part Stevie Nicks to two parts Isadora Duncan and I feel rather splendid in it I must say.

Isadora I adore-you-Oh that's Adrian Mole
Gold Dust Woman

Sleeves this big just invite you to strike poses-I love them
The design on it is a rather Rennie Mackintosh inspired art deco rose print and it was this connection which made me hunt it out. The fire at Glasgow art school which is the most beautiful Mackintosh building has been in the news and it must have been in my dreams a little as I hadn't thought of this dress for years and suddenly needed to wear it.

Mackintosh dreams

I seem to be on a bit of a 1930's arts and craft jag at the moment in no small part because I'm revisiting "The children's book" by As Byatt. Its so wonderful and I can't help love and loathe Olive the central figure.
Olive is a self obsessed children's author who immerses herself in art and culture in what was such a rich period for the arts just before the first world war. I don't know why I'm so drawn to this book as the central theme is do you strive for creativity at the expense of your children's happiness and I have enough working mothers guilt as it is but the descriptions in it are so delicious I always go back.

Here is just one of my favorite passages:

“She didn't like to be talked about. Equally, she didn't like not to be talked about, when the high-minded chatter rushed on as though she was not there. There was no pleasing her, in fact. She had the grace, even at eleven, to know there was no pleasing her. She thought a lot, analytically, about other people's feelings, and had only just begun to realize that this was not usual, and not reciprocated.” 
― A.S. ByattThe Children's Book

Arts and crafts inspired chic
Back to the outfit I've teamed it with some bright pink shoes which are crocs and my brand new necklace which is by Purlesque Its a ladybird illustration of little red rising hood and the fairytale imagery seemed apt given my film choice today.
Luxuriating in rereading favorite books

My bag is a little silk thing with an embroidered Buddha on.

Hare Krishna Honey
Red Riding hood if she married the wolf

I love me some hare Krishna vibes and am listening to Georges Harrison "My sweet Lord" as I write this. Its like chicken soup for the soul that track (or vegetable as it would be for me)

I have pinned some silk flowers in my hair and lined my eyes with plenty of kohl and I'm ready for my date with maleficent. I seem to always be drawn to misunderstood Woman-what can I tell you!

The sun is shining and I am feeling creatively recharged. Inspiration is everywhere and I am drinking it all in.

All Photos by Nicky Rockets

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