I am entirely in sympathy with Jenny Beavan.
I don't often do frocks, and I absolutely don't do high heels.
Would I have been brave enough to face down
an Oscar ceremony audience in my Sainsbury's leather jacket?
I think I should have been dressing in the early twentieth century.
Then I feel sure I would have been the epitome of elegance
and grace with a lifestyle to match.
Remember this coat?
I loved these gowns in the Liberty in Fashion exhibition
at the Fashion and Textile Museum.
Sadly smocking and ditsy florals were more the vogue
by the time I was shopping for dresses
or making them myself.
I adopted a uniform of Levis, granddad shirts, desert boots
and a duffle coat as soon as I could
and the nearest I got to dresses were 40's vintage dresses
from Flip in Curtain Road.
I still have those, but not the size 8 figure.
I remember this Collier Campbell Bauhaus fabric,
but surely it was soft furnishing material?