Throughout my entire childhood, I was prone to wearing off-beat and weird clothing. During the months of October through January one year when I was about 9 years old, I repetitively wore a white turtle neck that was covered in candy canes. When I was around 10, my mom had to buy my jeans at the Dollar General because no other brand of jeans fit my skinny, chicken legs. My weirdest phase, however, was the Amish phase. From ages 11-12, I was obsessed with the idea of being Amish. They had it easy, I thought. No worries about acne or braces or headgear (yes, I wore headgear) or boys. I could just live on a little farm and be isolated from the world. I even had a set of Amish dresses that I wore everyday as I took care of my mom’s strawberry patch and hung our clothes on the clothes line (weird right?). I outgrew that phase too and as I moved into adolescence something sad happened. I started dressing like everyone else. No more candy cane turtlenecks or blue calico dresses. Just jeans and t-shirts (with a side of conformity, please!). This conformist phase lasted until my senior year of college when surprise: I just stopped caring. Instead of being intimidated by the uniformity of sorority girls, I was suddenly disgusted by the conformity (but this is another post for another day). The complete fashion revolution for me, however, was my visit to New York City in May of this year. Walking the streets of New York, I was struck by the freedom with which everyone dressed. Girls in velvety green knee-high boots, jeans covered in patches and embroidery, chic business women in perfectly tailored suits, and men with stylishly pressed dress-pants and loafers. I returned from this trip with a newfound sense of inspiration to wear what I want, when I want. Now, fashion is my most active form of creativity. With this post, I encourage you to tap into your inner 10 year old.
Perhaps you are wondering how Fashion Fridaze relates to creativity and Grandma Moses. Firstly, the issues of innovation and creativity have recently been in the forefront of my thoughts. Secondly, as I was researching Grandma Moses and her art, I realized that the color palette of many of her paintings was similar in many respects to the color palette of both this outfit and the setting of the photos. So below are some of Grandma Moses’ paintings and my outfit photos. Both sets of photos are full of warm mustards, deep reds, and evening blues. The outfit is one of my current favorites and shooting in this sunflower field had me channeling my fairy-obsessed, 7 year old self.
photos by Vivacious Images