Using historical pastiche as inspiration, Helicon's fashion editors discuss their favourite looks from two different runway shows. Delving into costume, narrative and parody, the fashion of the past is continuously recycled.
Bleach Marks as Method Acting
By Patrick Benson
A study into why people feel humanised by clothes that other people have worn out, and why people feel they need everything they own to have a story. Also Paolo Nutini slander. Sort of.
“A Doll’s Wardrobe”: Maison Martin Margiela’s toy clothes
By Serafina Lee
Toys, plastic and minutia resemble some of the central concerns of clothing, investigating the relationship between materiality, commercialism, popular culture and the living human form. Maison Martin Margiela's 1994 collection brings to light some of these explorations.
Tradition and sabotage: Alexander McQueen in poems
By Patrick Benson
My new anthology zine based on the works of Alexander McQueen and the relationship between fashion and poetry. Within fashion shows more like theatre than advertisement, McQueen's work has an accessibility by virtue of not being able to look away. This collection of poems tries to preserve that spirit.
Femininity and repression in Alexander McQueen's 'Banshee'
By Serafina Lee,
To me, Alexander McQueen’s 1994 collection, ‘Banshee’ encapsulates a transgressive femininity, rejecting passivity to embrace a powerful new autonomy. In it, McQueen cements his ingenuity as a radical artist with an impeccable foundation of technical tailoring, consolidating cuts and silhouettes that would later become signatures of the label.
Photographing Bristol's February style
By Serafina Lee, Patrick Benson and Izzy Thompson
As part of an ongoing series, Clothes Society are taking to the streets to capture Bristol's style. A notoriously vibrant city, creativity is reflected through clothing wherever you look. Whether it's rave culture, 70s burnt orange or screen prints, the people of Bristol embody a melange of influences.
Interview: Saint Marmalade
Hannah Green talks to Saint Marmalade, a clothing brand that blends collaboration with local student artists and music events in Bristol...