Talented mastermind behind Dress Up, Stephanie Downey collaborated with photographer Gina Diggle and model Astrid Connolly on a series of images which elaborate on the new SS20 ‘Wallflower’ collection with accessories from Two Hills, and the custom Post Sole Studio Summer Lane sandals which are a special collaborative colour way with Monk House for this summer. The new collection is inspired in part from poet, Mary Oliver - who is quoted in the look book for this season. Oliver was famous for her poetry regarding the natural world. Writing in the Romantic tradition of Wordsworth and Keats, but with a distinctive American flavour Oliver captured a wide audience with her accessible writing style and straightforward approach, least of all the beautiful and universal nature of what she was communicating. There are some parallels that can be drawn from Oliver’s approach and Dress Up’s delivery of uniquely stunning and well designed items of clothing that can be worn everyday. Dress Up has a rigours design and fitting process as well as continuously sourcing high quality fabrics of mostly natural fibres. Every piece that Dress Up creates is made here in Melbourne - which is such an achievement and speaks to the mentality and approach that Downey has to making; supporting local industry and craftsmanship.
I’ll leave you with a excerpt of a 2003 poem by Oliver, “Breakage”…
It’s like a schoolhouse
of little words,
thousands of words.
First you figure out what each one means by itself,
the jingle, the periwinkle, the scallop
full of moonlight.
Then you begin, slowly, to read the whole story.
Model: Astrid Connolly & Gussie Vinall Richardson
Photographer: Gina Diggle
Stylist: Stephanie Downey
Words: Gussie Vinall Richardson
Layout: Shelby De Fazio