My Wardrobe x Davina Catt
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My Wardrobe x Davina Catt

Looking at Sustainable fashion via films that influenced fashion’s latest collections.

Having grown up with a grandfather working as a producer on films during the golden age, the notion of old glamour is one that my eye is inherently drawn to; the world of the beau monde – starlets,  big gowns , jewels, red lip gave me my first insight into the transformative power of clothing, its ability to capture a persona. From Marlene Dietrich – the first woman to wear a tux (at the time, she could have gone to jail for it) and whom went onto influence YSL’s ‘Le Smoking’ collection to the liberation defined by Bardot and her fellow French muses, these women embodied strength and empowerment ahead of their eras.

As we live in times of visual over saturation and stimulation, as the speed and turnover of fashion has become so excessive that designers and luxury houses need to keep looking elsewhere for content, the last few seasons have seen a return to seminal film references: Virginie Viard’s debut ready to wear collection for Chanel (S/S 20) took influence from French New Wave cinema, Christopher Kane segued sexual symbolism through Spring/Prefall 19 via Marilyn Monroe, whilst Molly Goddard became a global name through the screen – Killing Eve.

Starting the new decade, and as award season is here and continues to highlight not only the powerful gaze of the red carpet but the symbiosis between fashion and film glamour, I took pieces from My Wardrobe to work into any timeless wardrobe and to pass down through generations of women, whilst referencing and re-envisioning seminal screen moments and images.

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With thanks to the theatre at The Mayfair Hotel. Featuring Dolce and Gabbana, Sykes London, Bora Aksu