A few months back a video was making the rounds about a performance piece of dancing horses at NYC’s Grand Central Station. I watched and like many was completely transfixed by the haunting beauty. It must have really been a treat for the commuters! Then yesterday a friend posted a link to Flux Boston Blog and their wonderful piece on Cave’s show at The Peabody Museum. And I just DIED when I saw his work!! His creations are like every thing great about childhood! Grandma’s quilts, plus muppets, dancing costume remnants, and tribal fantasy explosions! Just breath taking and wonderful!! Cave grew up in central Missouri. With many siblings and a single mother, times were tough so he began to make things from found objects. He studied Art in College and taught himself to sew. He later trained as a dancer under Alvin Ailey and then brought his 2 passions together. I would die to have 2 of his fab costumes!! One to wear everyday until it just fell to bits. And one to hang on the wall to just admire! He actually has a shop wear you can by his hair scarves and leggings, and more! His work reminds me of my childhood, and my uncle designing Mardi Gras costumes for me; but on acid and times a million! I am going to save my pennies so I can buy 2 of everything!! Please come to London!! I would love to see this in person!! Anyhoo, enjoy this fab vid of his mastery!! GENIUS!! oxo GD
Yesterday I was in a foggy mood… Was a bit achey in my joints from having 2 pints of beer the previous day. Note to self – do not drink beer! I needed a mood elevator, so I scanned the documentary section on itunes, and was pleased to find that the Diana Vreeland Doc – The Eye Has To Travel – was available to view for only $3.99 (£2.50). So I nestled in for a treat and was not disappointed. Built around interviews she had with author George Plimpton for her autobiography, the doc illustrated her need for constant, over the top fantasy. She lived, breathed, and existed on fantasy like normal people need oxygen and water. She revolutionised fashion & in particular fashion editorials, from clinical boring conventional spreads, to dramatic over the top beyond your wildest dreams looks! Not being a conventional beauty herself, she sought out women with strange looks and told the photographers to take their oddest features and exaggerate them. Barbara Streisand’s nose, Lauren Hutton’s teeth, Marisa Berenson’s long neck, Penelope Tree’s weird face… She made being weird cool! And also started the careers of many stars dating all the way back to Lauren Hutton! Diana made fashion art. She was art! Diana spoke in poetry. She was a woman of infinite one liners! She told her sons growing up “Always aim to be the very top of the class or the very bottom, but never in the middle”, or “I would rather be dead than boring”. She was a known story teller & exaggerator! But one would have had to be to create the wonderful stories she did with clothing. After her ousting as editor from Vogue in 1971. She was asked by The Metropolitan Museum of Art to curate their costume dept. But in true Diana style, not only did she curate fabulous, fantasy filled shows, she created magic and made the museum come alive! There were lines around the block for all of her shows and The Mets Costume Institute was born! One of the most poignant pieces of the film for me was when speaking on a costume show she said “It’s more important to me that the 8 year old girl from Harlem comes in and gets it, if she doesn’t get it, I’m doing something wrong.” I could go on & on… It was a pleasure to see, hear, & learn. A very inspiring view indeed! Click pic or here to watch!! oxo gd
What a deathy week it’s been!! Queen of resort wear chic – Lilly Pulitzer – has also left this plane! Lilly Pulitzer was the heiress cum designer who made psychedelic pink & green dancing frogs, not only an acceptable pattern, but a staple look on & off the golf course. From the 1960′s until now, Lilly’s signature style has remained popular with the resort & country club set of America. And from the Mason Dixon line to the Bahama’s, you are still bound to see men & women in her brightly patterned pieces. Her vintage numbers can run a pretty penny. But well worth it if you can find one! Or more! RIP Lilly! And cheers for making the world a brighter place!! oxo gd
Ladies & Germs! I am so pleased to have truly reached a milestone in my life! One of my designs has been magically transformed into knitwear! But not just any old design, and not just any old knitwear – Doggy Lipstick Doggy Jumpers!! OMG! How adorable!! Right? Little Boo Boo Bee Bee models this smashing ensemble above and looks quite the bobby dazzler! The very talented Hilary Neal-Hopes of Willie Ratbag helped me realise this dream & make it a reality!! So pleased and excited!! Soon there will be adult jumpers, wallpapers, pillows, Gerald Dogs, and more! I want to cover the world in Dog Lipstick!! Won’t you join me on my quest?? Check out this very informative video below! Enjoy!! … oxo gd
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This was a dress I made from roofing tin. I used to love to go to the hardware store and buy sheets of aluminum and cut out shapes and pattens and make my own poor man’s version of a Paco Rabannedress. My hands would be in bits from the tin shavings digging into it, and constantly cutting myself… I would get a big sheet & cut them into shapes. I would file and sand each piece then hammer holes into them, attaching them with jump rings. This dress has a center panel of glitter plexiglass (I worked at a bong factory in Venice Beach 20 years ago and they gave me loads of scraps). I would work and work until each garment was finished. Until I was exhausted with bleeding hands. Then I would put it on and go raving. Dancing for days in my roofing tin dress… Happy times… oxo gd
So excited! In just over a months time a Terry de Havilland pop up shop will be opening just off Carnaby Street in Newburgh Quarter. Shoes glorious shoes!!! Total High Heel Heaven!! The interior is being created by Graham Erickson and is inspired by the silver décor of Andy Warhol’s Factory. A Rock & Roll shoe paradise!! With classic Terry designs, plus limited editions too, and more!! The shop runs until July… More info at VOGUE. Stay tuned… oxo gd
This is insane!! We now live in a world where we can print our clothing!! What??? This is some futuristic Lost in Space/Barbarella plot right?? Nope it’s true!! Legendary NYC designer Michael Schmidt teamed up with architect Francis Bitonti, and with the help of Shapeways – a company which lets designers print on demand with industrial-scale 3D printers – they custom made a 3D dress for Dita Von Teese. The dress, based on the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, was printed in pieces with fully articulated joints!! What?? How is this possible? It’s too much to comprehend… It looks so amazing on Ms Von Teese. I would love to work in 3D printing… Maybe in 20 years time we shall all have home 3D printers making our own outfits!! How fab would that be?? Check out these vids about the process!! Too much! AMAZING!! oxo gd
I just hung out with my dear old mates Mark & Sue from the rock & roll clothing label Charles of London (and anarchic band Gobsausage!). You may remember a few months back we did a lil collaboration for the jubilee! Anyhoo, they gave me some left over fabric they had and I’m thinkin furniture!! My friends told me to make a dress, but whaddya think? I reckon her mug was made to sit on! More Grande Dame fabric comin soon! Stay tuned!! oxo gd
I did this portrait of a french bulldog in a totally adorable doggie sweater for my friend Hillary. She has a company called Willieratbag, she creates custom made doggie knitwear! I did her new logo design as a trade for a little collaboration we are working on. Unfortunately it is TOTALLY TOP SECRET information at the mo, and I can not divuldge, but all will be revealed soon. Very VERY excited about this one! Anyhoo, her doggie jumpers are incredible! Here is my darling Boo Boo Bee Bee modeling the same creation! Cuteness overload!! Anyhoo, click the pix for more, and stay tuned for our joint venture!! More soon! oxo gd
Terry de Havilland spoke with Dazed Digital about the Spring/ Summer 2013 shoe collection and I gotta mention! Woop Woop! ” I also finally got the chance to work with my great friend Tiff McGinnis [aka Grande Dame] on oriental prints. We’ve had a mutual appreciation thing going on for a while and the timing was suddenly perfect for a collaboration. I love her sense of colour and the anarchy of her music and animations. Digital printing has come on in leaps and bounds since I first experimented with it, so I called her up and we went to work. I love the results. The shoes glow in UV light.
Aww! I’m so honored!! Thanks Tel!! Read more here!! oxo gd