Fashion and art – inextricably linked. The Secret Postcard Sale contains work from both artists and fashion designers making collectable art which you can buy, display and know that you are helping charity at the same time.
This Summer saw a wonderful C4 documentary called Fabulous Fashionistas – despite the fashion title, this was more about style – the inspiring lives of 6 women with an average age of 80 who continue to embrace their lives with verve and gusto. If you feel the need for something uplifting and engrossing, then I would heartily recommend this programme.
And so on to some postcard artists and supporters with similar verve and style.
Zandra Rhodes CBE (73) started her career as a textile designer, with colour and print central to her work. Her collection of pink and black jersey in 1977 saw her dubbed the Princess of Punk. She has designed clothes for Diana, Princess of Wales, Jackie Onassis, Bianca Jagger, Freddie Mercury, Elizabeth Taylor, Kylie Minogue, Helen Mirren and Isabella Blow. Her vintage pieces have been collected by Tom Ford and Anna Sui. She continues to design clothes, costumes for opera, china and jewellery.
In 2003 she set up the Museum of Fashion and Textiles in London.
Graeme Brooker is the Head of Fashion and Interior Design at Middlesex University. He has worked in interior design, taught the subject and published a number of books on the topic. So you can be certain that his postcard will be something that will grace and enhance your walls.
Pentland is an international plc based in Finchley. You might not have heard of them, but you will have heard of their fashion and sportswear brands – Berghaus, Boxfresh, Brasher, Canterbury, Ellesse, Franco Sarto, Hunter, Kangaroos, Kickers, Lacoste Chaussures, Mitre, Pro-Star, Red or Dead, Speedo and Ted Baker footwear. They very kindly offered a bottle of champagne to employee who made the best postcard, which generated a lovely haul from their designers and employees.
Philip Treacy OBE is a milliner who started his career in a workshop in the basement of Isabella and Detmar Blow. He has designed hats for Alexander McQueen at Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, Valentino, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan. He has won the British Accessory Designer of the Year at the British Fashion award five times.
Now for the bad news – Mr Treacy has not donated a postcard to the sale, but now for the good news; he has gone one step better and donated a beautiful hat.
Many thanks Madeleine Killick student at Central St Martins and author of the Fashion Obscura blog, both for her postcard and for photographing the Philip Treacy hat so beautifully for us. Check out her blog here
The hat is now on sale on eBay. You can bid here
The Secret Postcard Sale will be on 23 November in Mr Simms, 781 High Road, North Finchley, N12 8JY. Find out what else will be happening on the High Rd that day here
Thank you all.