Earlier this year Grant and I were watching the DVD reissue of The Year Punk Broke, a 1991 documentary that chronicles a European festival tour with Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr. and other bands. Well, if you haven't seen the dvd, I really recommend it. Especially if you even remotely like any of the acts I mentioned. There is some amazing concert footage and goofy behind the scenes moments between the bands which is endearing and fun to see. However, to bring it back to fashion, during most of the concert footage of Sonic Youth, Kim Gordom wears a striped short sleeve mini dress that looked absolutely flawless on her and ever since watching the DVD I had made it a personal mission to find something similar for myself. I thought it would be really easy and that mini dresses were a dime a dozen to come by. WRONG. I was so wrong! Scouring thrift stores, trawling etsy and ebay, and searching online for reproductions and similar styles led me to nothing. Thankfully, after a few months of looking I finally found a dress that was -close enough- for me. Success!
When it comes to fashion and style, I find that what inspires me the most is almost never photos from a runway show or a magazine editorial but images or footage of people from the past. I think it's an approach that's more personal. Instead of responding to clothing or images that were created in order to sell something, I can respond, appreciate, and be inspired by a random outfit that a girl in 1974 wore to hang out with her friends that I saw in a box of old photos at a flea market. An outfit that she wore because she liked it, plain and simple. That's all the fashion credibility I need to see.