Monday, May 03, 2010

Stolen Girlfriends Club - RAFW - Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, 3rs May, 2010, Day 1, 9.30 PM


Stolen Girlfriends Club (SGC) began as an art exhibition. The exhibition titled, “Stolen Girlfriends Club” consisted of “a collection of acrylic on canvasses” and art pieces, originally taken from the windows of old houses. At the time, SGC’s creators; fostering a desire to create clothes for themselves, were thinking about creating a line. People who had viewed their exhibit had taken to the name Stolen Girlfriends Club, so it was a no-brainer, that Stolen Girlfriends Club would become the name of their new line. Starting out, none of SGC’s designers had received an education in fashion; two had even struggled as professional surfers for eight years. However, the desire to learn and work hard was there.

Each SGC collection has been an advancement in the right direction. To date, this collection is their most complete line and a near perfect example of the type of line they wanted to create. With their fifth collection titled, “Pretty Vacant”, designers Marc Moore, Luke Harwood, Dan Gosling, and Zan Mirkin have brought “together inspiration from late 70’s punk, Marie Antoinette, Siouxsie & the Banshees and The Human Heart. In an era when nearly everything has already been done Stolen Girlfriends Club has mixed together a melee of ideas in an attempt to avoid clichés, and has done just the opposite. This collection is bordering on Punk Romanticism and unashamedly celebrates 80’s icons in the form of Safety Pins, Tartan, Lace, Hearts, Faux Fur and Animal Print.”

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