In this episode the Hags welcome Jen Croll, author of a badass book about badass women in fashion through the ages called Bad Girls of Fashion. We obviously needed more information.
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Her gorgeous book, beautifully illustrated by Ada Buchholc (to whom these images are all copyrighted) launches on September 22, 2016 at the Projection Room in Vancouver at the Fox cabaret (7:00pm) so come by if you can!
Check it out at your favourite independent bookstore (Vancouver’s Book Warehouse has it) and give it a read.
Anyway, lets not get ahead of ourselves. Evan is finding inspiration for his new collection and sometimes it goes smoothly and sometimes it’s a bit more spastic. It’s all part of the creative process…
Abby spent some time with the fam on Gabriola and went to all the hippy farmers’ markets, googly eyed driftwood included.
And if batik is your jam, check out Rohana Laing‘s work –
Katie took up Evan’s recommendation and listened to the Charles Manson story on the You Must Remember This Podcast.
So. Good. So. Disturbing.
Also Reese’s Pieces cookies.
Now the fun stuff: Jen Croll stops by to chat about her very cool new book, Bad Girls of Fashion, which has just been published. She spent the last couple years putting it together and finally it is ready for the fashion-hungry masses!
It focusses on women who used fashion to get ahead or further their own causes, crossing historical and geographical lines illustrating how powerful clothing and style can be (especially for bold, strong, fearless women).
Published by Annick Press, a young adult publishing house, Bad Girls of Fashion is geared towards a younger audience and delves into the lives of famous women who use fashion to their advantage. Some examples include:
PS – The illustrations are all done by the fabulous Ada Buchholc and they are dope as hell.
This book follows up Jen’s first, Fashion That Changed The World, available on amazon and your favourite independent bookseller.
One of the Bad Girls in the book is Madonna – remember her? She was kind of a big deal long before sex as a theme was as accessible and unprovocative as it is nowadays:
After a pretty hilarious discussion on Evan’s Fashion Club (pictured below), Jen and the Hags go over their own high school fashion choices, for better or worse. Ooof.
Katie (in the plaid pants):
Evan (on an excursion in London, England pretending to be fancy and cosmopolitan):
Abby with two of her favourite pairs of shoes – the suede Pumas and the heeled Caterpillar boots:
Also, a hilarious connection between Jen and Abby is their bizarre appreciation for Happy Hardcore, which was apparently a thing:
Katie always gets obsessed with LL Bean boots this time of year;
But more importantly this sweet Navy Cardigan sweater from favourite Vancouver vintage store Mintage which will serve as the official uniform until May when the sun comes out again:
Evan is obsessed with documentary The Women He’s Undressed about costume designer Orry Kelly:
Abby is obsessed with the new Fjallraven Kanken backpack for baby Margot because it is ADORABLE.
Jen came with an obsession ready to go: Pallas Cats. Weirdo, wild cats from Russia that are basically corgy cats. Give it a google search, you will not be disappointed.
Thanks so much to Jen for joining us and make sure to check her out on Twitter @jencroll and her website at jencroll.com. She will be at Word Vancouver at the end of the month and find her book at your favourite independent bookstore!
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