Regular readers will recall this item that I posted in June, when i-D Magazine ran a feature about me and my clothes.
|Billie Turnbull wearing my clothes in i-D magazine summer 2012|
This was the first step in letting go. Nobody else had worn these outfits except for me until fabulous model Billie Turnbull popped them on for this shoot.
In preparing I had to sort through hundreds, and I do mean literally hundreds, of old photographs. What a time-consuming lark!
|Me and Judy blame in New York in 1985. My Bodymap dress and coat are both in the auction|
|At my club, the Cha Cha, in 1981 wearing black and white pyjama suit made by a very young and at the time unknown Australian called Leigh Bowery.|
|Me in that red dress! Painting by Luciana Martinez 1982|
|Me in that red dress again! From Harpers and Queen c1983|
My collection includes the much-photographed red cotton dress above, made for me by my friend Leigh Bowery in 1982.
Why am I selling when I've held onto these fabulous pieces for such a long time? Lots of reasons.
On an emotional level I loved these clothes at the time when I wore them. They had meaning to me and were made by my friends but these are pieces I will never wear again. Some of them are so, so special they really do need to be in a museum rather than stored away in my wardrobe. On a practical level I need the space, but more importantly I need to pay some bills and I desperately need my new kitchen which is by now four years overdue from its original planning*.
So I'm selling them at Kerry Taylor Auctions on 4 December. And I am excited.
Passion for Fashion and Fine Textiles, December 4th 2012
"What makes my job so interesting is not just the pieces themselves but the people who have owned them.
Scarlett Cannon was an 80’s Club Kid, and at just eighteen became the founder and host of the ‘Cha Cha’ nightclub in 1981. She was a walking style statement. Her extreme and unique looks well suited her avant-garde wardrobe by Leigh Bowery, Bodymap, Westwood , Christopher Nemeth and Judy Blame. Her Leigh Bowery pieces are exceptional and museum quality (lots 212-223)."
You can find out more and see all of the lots on sale here.
*A long and boring story - I almost had the money to pay for a new kitchen when I became very ill in 2009 and had to use the saved money to live on and pay bills. PAH!! Not this time though...