Fash­ion love story

# lovestory wants you to fall in love with your clothes again, writes Deirdre McQuil­lan

The Irish Times Magazine - - FASHION -

Next week is Fash­ion Rev­o­lu­tion Week, the global move­ment with teams in over 100 coun­tries cam­paign­ing for greater trans­parency in fash­ion and call­ing on brands to an­swer the ques­tion, Who made my clothes?

This year’s cam­paign # lovestory calls on peo­ple to fall in love again with an item of cloth­ing in their wardrobe that has emo­tional value for what­ever rea­son in­stead of buy­ing some­thing new.

We asked six peo­ple of vary­ing ages, men and women, to tell us their sto­ries of clothes that mean some­thing spe­cial to them. Halle Steele is a third- year schoolgirl at Alexan­der Col­lege. “Mum – the de­signer Helen Steele – de­signed this dress for her first col­lec­tion, a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Joanne Hynes in Lon­don Fash­ion Week for au­tumn/ win­ter 2011. It is dig­i­tally printed in cot­ton/ silk from an art­work piece fea- tur­ing Fal­lop­ian tubes. Mum wore it first and then I stole it from her wardrobe. It has been worn by Saoirse Ronan and when my older sis­ter wore it to the Trin­ity Ball, it came back in rib­bons. I wore it to Lon­don Fash­ion Week in 2015 when Mum was show­ing at the ex­hi­bi­tion of Ir­ish fash­ion called Un­fold and I also wore it to the movie pre­miere of Brook­lyn and Kerry Fash­ion Week. I love the colours and that it fits all sizes be­cause me and my mum and sis­ter are all dif­fer­ent shapes and it is kind of time­less. I look at what I wore in 2011 and I cringe, but this never dates and it is so cool. I wore it twice last year to the VIP Awards and to my sis­ter’s 21st.” Steve Reddy, DJ, plays in House in Lee­son Street ev­ery Satur­day, mostly elec­tronic mu­sic and also books bands f or t he Castlepalooza Ir­ish mu­sic festival in Tul­lam­ore. He has a pop­u­lar In­sta­gram ac­count – @ the­mustymile – about char­ity shops and bar­gain finds and cov­ers the area from Dorset Street, to Capel Street, Georges Street, Cam­den Street and Rath­mines, over 20 shops. His nose for finds in­cludes a stylish black jacket with silk lin­ing bought for ¤ 10 and he paid an­other ¤ 10 to have it tai­lored “and I of­ten do that”, he says.

“I played in bands for years and al­ways love find­ing stuff that oth­ers didn’t have. I don’t look at the high street – be­cause by go­ing to char­ity shops you are giving to char­ity and that is im­por­tant for me. I also buy things for other peo­ple if I see things they might like. I am wear­ing an em­broi­dered waist­coat by Strength of Lon­don that was orig­i­nally navy – and I don’t wear navy as I pre­fer black – which I bought at the Ir­ish Cancer So­ci­ety in Rath­mines for ¤ 5. I then dyed it myself with Dy­lon and the em­broi­dery came out in green and red. The shirt is by Moschino which I got at Ox­fam on St Gt Georges Street for ¤ 4. I will of­ten re­place but­tons that I don’t like with ones I buy in Trim­mings on Capel Street; it’s a way of per­son­al­is­ing things. The sil­ver buckle belt I am wear­ing I bought in the Ilac Cen­tre when I was 15 and I love it. I hang on to things I love.” Jill De Burca is an award- win­ning fash­ion de­signer well known for her hand em­broi­deries and em­bel­lished gar­ments. “This was orig­i­nally a high- necked vin­tage dress with long sleeves that I made into a skirt so I could wear it more. I fell in love with the print which is re­ally beau­ti­ful and I bought it in Man­hat­tan from a vin­tage store on a col­lege trip in my sec­ond year for about $ 150. I don’t wear it much be­cause it is so strik­ing but I do bring it out once or twice a year and I love it. It’s not some­thing you could wear ev­ery day and had no la­bel, but it was hand­made and the print looks like a Marimekko ( the Fin­nish brand fa­mous for its prints) print from the 70s. I will never part with it. I wear it with a vest and a leather jacket and at Christ­mas with a black cash­mere polo neck. I ac­tu­ally don’t buy many clothes now and only buy if it is a de­signer I re­ally want or a vin­tage piece. I don’t go to Pen­neys any­more and don’t want to be tempted – on prin­ci­ple.”

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