Last night the East London crowd assembled itself into a tucked-away art gallery space – the Protein Gallery near Great Eastern Street - had a drink and prepared to witness an amazing explosion of fashion/art/performance: Miss Jacqueline White’s latest collection, Dazzle.
The room was already prepped to give the collected fashionistas a clue of what was to come, with graphic black and white stripes, geometric shapes and waitresses dressed in black and white chevron striped catsuits serving drinks. Hmm, what could the theme possibly be?
In due course the lights were dimmed and one by one onto the stage stepped Jacqueline’s cast of models, 12 girl singers, dancers, artists, designers and stylists, including Ty Bulmer of The New Young Pony Club and knitwear designer Lindsay McKean, wearing the collection.
Jacqueline took her inspiration from WW1 engineer, Norman Wilkinson’s, dazzle ships. He used a painting technique to distort the ship’s silhouette, direction and speed to confuse and disrupt the German torpedo technology – which not only helped the Allies to defeat the enemy but also looked pleasingly surreal and psychedelic in the pictures – like the 1920’s equivalent of Banksy. As well as the monochrome prints, the muse for the cut of the garments was ‘Beverley’ from the 1970’s Mike Leigh play Abigail’s Party – think batwing sleeves, voluminous top halves and billowy frills. Add to this a hefty dose of sequins and then a terrifying soundtrack and strobe lighting – and you’re beginning to get the idea.
The designer herself spoke to Grazia Daily to tell us ‘I’m thrilled with how it’s gone. My main aim was that everyone would be dazzled, and to be honest I think they were. I also really wanted to do a collection that would suit a different range of body shapes. I would never describe myself as a plus sized designer, but my models are all different shapes, from a size 6 to a size 14 and different pieces of the collection look good on different people, which is what I aimed to do’
Bravo Miss White!