‘Festival fashion’ has long been part of the style lexicon, usually understood to mean a pair of denim hotpants worn with a flower headdress and some Wellies. But change is afoot - during the glorious summer of 2013, festival-going, now a more mainstream pastime than ever, is getting re-styled.
Not only did fashion leaders like Rita Ora, Azealia Banks and Cara Delevigne spurn the accepted festival attire for more glam/wacktacular fayre this year at Glastonbury, so are non-famous party people getting in on the super-styled act.
Designer and stylist Miss Jacqueline White has worked with a few glam dressers in her time, New Young Pony Club and Alison Goldfrapp to name a few - told Grazia;
‘This is the first year I've ever been commissioned by promoters and party goers/revellers to make bespoke outfits - I've been doing it for years for performers and singers. They are spending £300-£500 for a special bespoke outfit which could be a week’s wages for them - its not the same as a production company or record company spending that sort of money on an outfit.
Samantha Cousins (Milliner/Director of The Headmistress) in her animal print sequin onesie, pics by Sian Herbert
‘The more outrageous it is the more they like it, some clients have to wear relatively conservative clothes at work and want to wear something as outrageous as possible at the festivals, the more eccentric the better, even for the straight guys - some of it has tickled me even I'm surprised by what they'll wear! My clients are all 30-35 and received a lot of commissions for Secret Garden Party and Glastonbury, plus club night To The Lazer Cave.
‘I really enjoy doing it, I feel as if my designs and creations are adding to their adventure - my clients love the attention they get, one said to me after Glastonbury "I made so many new friends at Glastonbury and it was mostly down to your sequins!"’
Roll on Bestival, say we!
Find out more about Miss Jacqueline White