I just finished watching the film Coco Before Chanel. It's a French film about Chanel's life with subtitles. As in Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, it was difficult to get used to the subtitles, but after a bit it didn't bother me. It made me think. I have recently decided to start designing from the 17th and 18th century. Those are the periods that inspire me most. I plan on asking my costume design teacher if she would do an independent study with me to learn corsetry. I've sewn a corset before (well, just the taping).. and I know how delicate and minute the details are. I don't pretend not to know. Seeing this Chanel movie, though, it made me wonder if I am trying to promote more constricting fashion. Is there a way to get this look without a constricting corset? Chanel's main problem with fashion of her time was that she felt confined. She liked simplicity and things that were of some ease. She didn't wear a corset with her clothing for much of her adult life.. and that was considered rather risque! Only a slip was quite unusual in the 1900's. I admire her vision of a less confined woman. It lead to a revolution in fashion. It's no wonder that women were considered inferior, they couldn't hardly breathe! How are you supposed to calm yourself down stuck in vase that contricts your waist to 17 inches? My waist (I measured it the other week) is about 25 inches around. I thought that was ridiculous! Many people talk about how skinny I am. It makes me uncomfortable. But to have a 17 inch waist? Did society really expect that of women? It's no wonder fashion has turned out the way it is now. When I walk down the streets everyone is dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt. What has fashion in normalcy come to?
Maybe that is why I covet my own corset. Something different, beautiful, something I made. I want that for myself. But does that reflect that I am constrictive? I don't wish that to be so, I just admire pretty things. I want to find an in between for my designs. Something that hasn't been done before. I am by no means aiming for something simple like Coco, because I am a very ornate dresser and thinker when it comes to designing clothing. Somehow, I know, I will find a happy medium between the past and future fashion of my designs. Until that day, I keep locking myself up with inspiring movies such as The Duchess, Coco Before Chanel, and Bettie Page (that's next on my list!) I rented too many movies this week!