'Fashion is not something that exists on dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening...' CoCo Chanel.
She was a wise woman, that Coco Chanel. Never short of a fabulous frock and some wise words to (knee high) boot. I love this one, too: 'The most courageous act is to think for yourself. Aloud.' So I'm going to do just that...
I never had Barbies. Mum couldn't afford them. So I used to have to draw a girl's body and head on cardboard, then I'd make little paper dresses, shoes (bloody painful. I usually ended up 'cropping' her) and coats and attach them to my girl with tabs. I used to hate it when I was young, because all I really wanted was Barbie with her perfect pert boobs, constant smile, hair bigger than her hips who got to wear lots of fabulous outfits. There are two things interesting about this in hindsight:
1. I learnt how to be creative using what resources I was given. In this case, felts, crayons, scissors, glue, cardboard and paper. I could keep creating until my heart's content (not that I appreciated it back then); and
2. I ended up becoming a living Barbie really, for a while at least. Because being a model, I actually had perfect pert boobs, a constant smile, hair bigger than my hips and I got to wear lots of fabulous outfits.
So in a way, I was a double-winner from a single incident.
Allow me to demonstrate how I have been creative and have a Barbie:
His name is Monty, and he's our family dog. I got him in 2007 when I was the head of the fashion division at the agency I co-founded in RED11. Monty was so obedient and chilled out, I'd sometimes dress him up. With long skinny legs and a pretty face, he picked up modelling jobs for NZ Weddings, M2, German GQ and this one, his best one yet:
Yip! He's that dog who posed with LORDE in her first publicity shoot for ROYALS.
I've since discovered #MONTYMODELDOG doesn't mind being dressed up and will stay really still, as long as there's treats involved. Who doesn't love treats?
So I get to be creative using different social media to bring a smile on people's dial, but I also get to feed that hankering for dressing something unrealistically gorgeous up! I have MY VERY OWN DOGGIE BARBIE (way cooler than a perfectly-plastic-y girl!). If that's not a double-win, I don't know what is!
So I hope you enjoy this little Flipagram I made of #MONTYMODELDOG and check out his '#STARS IN HIS EYES' posts, where he tells a little about the artists he's dressing up as.
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Until next time,