The Woman in Black
People who know me know I wear a lot of black. Even people who don’t know me think of me in this way. A couple of weeks ago as I left work, one of the security guards said he didn’t recognise me because “you’re usually dressed all in black”. It made me laugh, and then it made me a little embarrassed, but finally it made me proud.
It’s widely known that black is slimming, that black goes with everything, and that black never goes out of style. But more than that, I think it’s also a means to be creative and to really develop your own personal style.
This may seem like a contradiction in terms - after all, how creative can you get with clothes that are all the same colour?
A few months ago I took some evening classes in fashion design. One of the assignments was to write about a period of fashion history and its main influencers. I chose to write about the Japanese designers of the 1980s; most notably, the incredible Yohji Yamamoto.
I originally chose this period because I felt it most resonated with my chosen design theme for the course - in which I was exploring and expressing rebellion, revolution and uprising through fashion - but the more I researched the era and the designers who dominated it, I came to appreciate even more the creative and innovative powers of working in monochrome.
“Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy - but mysterious. But above all black says this: “I don’t bother you - don’t bother me”.”
— Yohji YamamotoI find that wearing almost exclusively black allows me to really explore concepts like shape, drape, opacity and fit. Not that you can’t rock a sweet sheer blouse in any myriad of colour, but I find it just pops so much when the canvas is blank - or black. The other day a colleague asked me where I bought my clothes from because they always look “so special”. I was just wearing a draped maxi dress over a mesh polka dot top - both high street finds - but I guess the contrast of the solid column of black swathes of fabric overlaying the delicate sheer shirt underneath made for quite a striking sight. And that’s what I love about black; it’s so harsh yet elegant, and everything in between. Could you live without colour in your closet?
- November 11 2013 | - Read More →