WOMEN'S AUTUMN/WINTER 2008 "THE GIRL WHO LIVED IN THE TREE"

BASED ON THE BRITISH EMPIRE, THE QUEENS OF ENGLAND, THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON, TOY SOLDIERS AND PUNK PRINCESSES, THIS FASHION FAIRY TALE IS DOMINATED BY AN ANCIENT TULLE-WRAPPED TREE REFERENCING THE WORK OF THE ARTIST, CHRISTO.

For the first half of the show our heroine is dressed in beautiful rags: nipped waisted jackets, Victorian-line dresses with S-bend corseted tops, textured, hand-knitted mohair and washed tweeds all in dark or neutral colours lend a make-do-and-mend feel to the proceedings. It isn’t long, though, before our Princess meets her Prince Charming, at which point she descends from her treetop habitat and finds all the riches of the world at her disposal. Her clothing duly explodes into colour and references everything from the wardrobe of the young Princess Elizabeth –crimson velvet New Look dresses, ermine wraps and a bastardised Union Jack print – to the palaces of the Maharajas – a draped, predominantly empire-line silhouette finished with paper-flat embroidered slippers, each pair bespoke and created to complement its own outfit.