While I was at school, I loved fashion. As with most people, my style followed my taste in music (The Smiths, The Cure, Transvision Vamp, Prince, The Clash, etc). From my bleached blond hair, Dr Marten boots, fishnets and tutus, rummaging in op shops for vintage dresses, to obsessing over the latest heels or sheer/beaded tops and ripped jeans, I went through quite a few phases... All that hormonal confidence and sass and not wanting to conform, wanting to stand out, believing you could do anything...
While at school and college, I worked part time at the local pub and would save up my hard earned cash, stuff it in my wonderbra and hop on the National Express bus to London, to Kensington High Street, to my favourite fashion emporium - Hyper Hyper. Designers like Pam Hogg, John Richmond, Katherine Hammett, Boy, Red or Dead and Helen Storey all had stalls within it's wonderful walls or had stores nearby (designers that dressed Kylie, Madonna, Boy George, George Michael, Wendy James - all the big names of the day). It was emerging fashion heaven, and I have such brilliant memories of those days.
The great thing is I still have a stash of my old clothes. But I wish I'd kept more...
|My Beloved Dr Marten Boots|
|Lovely BOY leggings|
making a come back.
|I still have my John Richmond DESTROY jacket! I still love it.|
George Michael wore a John Richmond jacket in his Faith video.
|Katherine Hamnett who created the famous Wham T-Shirts|
|For that retro look see Princess Ratbag's amazing pettiskirts|
|One of my favs|
|Oh how I loved my mesh g-string body suit!|
|My beloved Helen Storey Bra|