*Warning: the following feature may prove upsetting for those of a fashiony disposition* In an era when fashion designers' archives form the basis of sell-out museum exhibitions, and dedicated lovers of high fashion are buying up entire personal wardrobes to preserve the legacy of style icons (e.g. Daphne Guinness purchasing all of Christie’s Izzy Blow’s auction), it takes some balls to admit to the desecration of a landmark collection of designer clothing.
Step forward Courtney Love, who has been opening up about all things fashion to promote her new style blog WhatCourtneyWoreToday.com to industry bible WWD - and in the process, casually dropped a massive bomb into the conversation.
Discussing her personal landmark style moments, the conversation naturally turned to the early 90s when Seattle's music scene was breaking, lead by Nirvana (fronted by Love's then soon-to-be-husband Kurt Cobain), alongside others including Love's own group Hole. Courtney's babydoll dresses, worn with dm boots, and Kurt's plaid shirts and layered T-shirts, were endlessly emulated by their fans - including a young designer, then at New York designer label Perry Ellis, by the name of Marc Jacobs.
Jacobs’ Spring/Summer 1993 ‘grunge’ collection was a seminal moment in modern fashion, launching the then relatively-unknown young designer’s straight into the big league as well as his dismissal from Perry Ellis, leading him to set up on his own…. The rest, as they say, is history.
Perry Ellis S/S '93
So it is understandable that WWD notes that Courtney ‘looks back with abject horror at what she did.’ Love recalls “Marc sent me and Kurt [Cobain] his Perry Ellis grunge collection. Do you know what we did with it? We burned it. We were punkers — we didn’t like that kind of thing” said the blogger, who would probably now kill for an entire collection designed by Jacobs.
Miraculously, not all of it was lost. Love claims she recently found a bonnet and a pair of electric blue shoes that escaped the rockers’ fashion pyre, and claims “I was so relieved. These pieces were part of me and Kurt living in a trench and surviving the war. We just didn’t deal with life.”
This must’ve been awkward... Louis Vuitton S/S '08 show
For all her faults (or perhaps because of them) Love continues to be an inspiration to designers nearly two decades later. Last year, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci claimed the 46-year-old rocker was the inspiration behind his couture collection. Let's just hope he didn't send it all to her...