Friday, 29 January 2010
(Closet) Fashionista? ! Moi?
And I did a "Fashion Through Time" project at school where I discovered a love of the Thirties and Forties with their waspie-waists and full-on petticoats. Now where did all that go I wonder?
How come at school I only ever managed to knock up a larger-than-life yellow and white checked duck (much to the consternation of my mother who couldn't see the point, much less be able to afford the princely sum of £12.50 for the material - funny how these things stick in the mind, isn't it?) oh, a cushion cover and a swing bag - which I think was made using a loom we built ourselves too. What happened to my designs? What happened to the creations I drew and painted and secretly dreamed I would one day watch glide down a catwalk at the Paris Fashion Show?
But it all came back to me last night as I was channel hopping. And spotted the adorable Leonora Critchlow (she's the ghost, Nina, in "Being Human" and we have secretly adopted her because she's so lovely) with a mouthful of pins and chatting to a very believably disenchanted supermodel who's also her best friend. Throw into the equation a brilliant Cruella de Ville performance from Dervla Kirwan (no sign of her nicey-niceness anywhere and Glenn Close should watch her back) a few other cliched-but-perfectly drawn characters, and the whole thing, called "MATERIAL GIRL"* is an absolute MUST-SEE. And as last night was the 3rd episode, I've just caught up with the first two and I have never been less disappointed in my entire life. It's great. it's pure excapism on a real-deal front and it's British, people - British!!! It's 'Glee-meets-The Rag Trade' and there's even a perfectly-cast Polish/Czech chain-smoking-seamstress which probably infringes most health & safety regulations - but it works!
And I'm not a "shoe" person, but there are shoes, ladies - SHOES! Up front - very beautiful - and in your face. I seem to recall that during the Dallas heyday, our Joannie was reported to have even worn slippers during some scenes because it was all about the shoulder pads and make-up and not the footwear.
Please give it a go *first episode here. It's a lovely, believable other world. It'll warm your cockles.