I will admit it. My name is Ársól, and I am a fashion rookie.
Think of me as Anne Hathaway in the begging of the Devil wears prada before you read this post.
And know I don’t mean to offend anyone, I am simply inexperienced.
This has never been clearer than in Steinunn’s lecture on Wednesday. Now let me tell you, that women has had an amazing career. How many Icelander’s can tell you they have dressed the Spicegirls in clothes of their own design to be put on the front cover of Vogue? Again I am a rookie, but I’m thinking probably not a lot!
But what struck me the most about her lecture was the way she talks about her clothes. How she finds inspiration from the Icelandic nature and portrays it in her clothes. She talked about how she studied the national costume and how she keeps trying to find the Icelandic within her self and around her to portray in her clothes.
This I do not get. Sure sure, influence and all that but the pictures she showed us and her take on them was nothing I could see.
But pictures speak more than a thousand words so I’m going to show you a couple and her take on them. So you’ll see the garment and the nature you are suppose to see from that garment.
So she uses these nature photos to interoperate into her clothing.
This is a clear sign of Thick description to me. She sees the northern lights in her dress, the lava in her sweater and the pack ice in her skirt. Other designers might see this as well, but I most certainly do not. I do not see a river in that dress and I do not see lava. And when she showed us simply a piece of garment and said: this needs no explaining, I panicked. What was I looking at? was I suppose to see the sea or the darkness of a winter morning or a newly fallen snow. I had no idea because I do not have the trained eye and skills to interpret a skirt. It is simply beyond me.
So within the right context and within the right group these clothes, on their own, develop a deeper meaning. A meaning a baboon like me can’t quite grasp. Now put the clothes on a certain person in some social context and I might be able to tell you something. But on their own I do not understand them.