Saturday, March 29, 2008

Grey Gardens homage

Here is my half-arsed homage to Grey Gardens, Rufus Wainwright's fave movie and a camp classic from the 70's about Jackie Kennedy's loopy cuzzies living in a decaying mansion with only each other, the cats and the lawn guy for company. (Love that decaying mansion image!) And yet, in spite of the crumbling ruin that is her home and her mind, Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale still gets up in the morning, gets dressed (in her particular, eccentric style) and goes about her weird, lonely days wearing a scarf fashioned from a shabby old sweater, fastened with a brooch and her skirt on upside down. I can't stress it enough: this film has essentially reinvented how we look at dressing. I mean, anyone who can challenge our understanding of what "skirt" means must truly be a style icon.
(This is a different kind of clothing inventiveness than the guy I once worked with who came in to work two hours late, drunk, with his t-shirt on backwards and inside-out. Different leagues). I think Edie's ensembles are more than just a crazy woman covering her bald head - she know what suits her and she works it!
"Mother wanted me to come out in a kimono and we had quite a fight…"
An inspiration for us all.

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