The header of this blog comprises two images that I felt were thematically and philosophically apt.
The colourful stamps in the background come from Australia’s 2006 ‘Rock Posters’ release, showcasing the talents of Australian designers as demonstrated in posters for various festivals, tours and gigs. I loved this issue. It was a kick in the balls compared to our usual diet of cute furry animals and dreary royals. Nice to see Australia Post acknowledge the possible existence of Australians who might not be as obsessed with sport and wildflowers as it seems to think most of its market is.
The image I’m using as my avatar is that of a stamp released by the UK in 2012 as part of a Great British Fashion issue. This particular stamp features a harlequin dress designed by Vivienne Westwood in 1993 – not exactly punk in itself, but the Dame was instrumental in popularising punk fashion back when it was a thing, working with Malcolm McLaren to outfit the Sex Pistols and all that. Her ethos of using shock to stick a spoke in the system might be something to which this blog can aspire. Here’s the full set:
Every year, Australia Post announces a new set of apparent ‘Legends’ to be featured on a stamp issue. I’ll have more to say on that in due course, but in 2005, six fashion designers were featured. Let’s compare the issue above with AP’s issue.
It’s fair to note that the Australian issue honours the individuals, while the UK issue is about the clothes. But if you were honouring fashion designers, wouldn’t you want to include more, you know, fashion?
Which issue ultimately does the greater service to its nation’s fashion industry and, by association, its greatest designers?