One Scarf, Many Looks

April 3, 2013

by Gracia Ventus
There’s no denying that a big part of the ‘dark aesthetics’ relies heavily on drapes, notably early Rick Owens’ dresses inspired by Madame Gres. It is with this thought in mind that I bought a long piece of light fabric months ago, roughly about ten feet or in the glorious metric system – 3 meters, to play with the idea of DIY draping. I have incorporated it in the previous outfits, which you can look at here and here.

In a recent trip to the outdoors, I wore my favourite Improvd dress over a plain maxi skirt, to which I added the aforementioned fabric to play around with. What started with a very pristine look soon turned quite unexpected along the course of the day.

So at first I had it wrapped and tucked neatly like this, which almost resembled a sari.

And then I thought of adjusting the scarf so it’d have a hood, which ended up exaggerating my bum and rendering my frontal curves non-existent, perhaps an unconscious nod to Comme des Garcons’s take on unconventional beauty.

After a while I got bored with a hood so I did a bit of Junya Watanabe-ish sort of arm restraint, which is again done unintentionally. Bear in mind I have no mirror at all in the outdoors so the results were accidental, but nevertheless more than satisfactory.

There were several other slightly different adjustments in between (because the bloody thing kept slipping off when not tucked in properly) but I posted the most interesting ones. And lastly the last permutation of my magical $10 scarf, which by the end of the day has become completely haphazard.


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