>> Prior to the Dubai/Chanel trip, I had a packing terror over impending 40 degrees celcius plus heat and set myself off on a vintage shopping mission to seek out “Long, floaty, white things”.  The mission was of course bound for failure.  Too easily diverted, distracted and therefore, mission derailed.  Along the Camden Passage, a longtime vintage haunt I hadn’t frequented in a while, where many long, white and floaty garments would reside (spots like Annie’s is basically a sartorial homage to Miss Havisham), I found myself in Fat Faced Cat, looking at something pink, short and not floaty at all.  I was due a curious vintage find and it perhaps doesn’t get much odder than an American horse jockey silk shirt, from the first half of the 20th century.  It comes emblazoned with hearts down the sleeves and was sold with a little black satin racing cap cover.  I must be mentally going through every potential sports/active pursuits to exploit.  70s skiwear.  Check.  Surf and skate.  Check.  Motocross.  Check.  Horse racing.  Check check.

Looser fitting than yer’ average horse racing silks with an unusual seven hearts motif (three on one side, four on the other),  the shirt definitely has a life beyond the race track and obviously gives me the opportunity to literally wear my heart on my sleeve.  Uh-huh-huh – wasn’t going to pass up that pun opportunity.  I’m also feeling the TLC satin PJ vibe of the almost too-shiny silk satin, that today is eschewed in favour of practical lycra in the horse racing world.

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Speaking of creative horse racing silks, a quick internet dig and this ye olde 2011 Central Saint Martins BA project came up where graphic design students were invited to give traditional jockeys’ racing silks a radical makeover.  Despite the fact that they’re mostly hypothetical, I love the look of a lot of these.  Despite their flamboyant appearance, the majority of horse racing silks designs have very rigorous registration and ownership processes.  These would definitely shake things up.

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Comments (13)

  1. Love this style a little horse Ryder!
    xox, Gap.
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  2. DinoB says:

    awww susie! I really missed these kinds of posts – I love how you juxtaposition personal style and your stories, really inspires my own work! 😉 xxx Dino

  3. jonna says:

    seriosuly, your quirkiness makes me fall in love with fashion.

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  4. Debbie says:

    Ubsolutely uncoventional and unique! xx
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  5. fashionsbit says:

    interesting 🙂
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  6. KhoaSinclair says:

    Just love this style. It really reminds me of your earlier years. Super fun, super fresh.

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  7. RussianKiwi says:

    One of your wildest outfits to date :p

  8. Aleksandra says:

    Beautiful photos 🙂

  9. Wow, That outfit is amazing. Such a good post about finding inspiration in a unconventional place.

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  10. Ellie says:

    Such an iconic garment ingrained in British sports. Nice to see it adapted in a totally different context.

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  11. Robert says:

    Good to see you back in the Passage and as always your first past the post every time Miss Susie B! No photo-finish required…ffc x

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