>> How to be in two places at once? That is a question that I’m grappling with frequently these days as fashion’s powers that be like to throw people in far-flung places on the same day. Long time Style Bubble readers will know that I generally don’t like getting in contributors or photographers in to observe something in my place. Goes against the whole personal “bubble” thing-a-ma-jig. However I had to make an exception on this occasion, when Giles Deacon was invited to put on a Georgian-hued retrospective at Kensington Palace as part of a a celebration marking the 300th anniversary of Hanoverian ascension to the British throne. Georgian. Frocks. Giles Deacon. Stephen Jones millinery. Kensington Palace. ‘Nuff said.
I was sadly still in New York last Thursday night and so therefore, I have to thank photographer Eleanor Hardwick for being my eyes and ears at what looked like a spectacular one-off event. Much has already been said about the stellar casting, impressively orchestrated by Katie Grand, who managed to get in the likes of Jessica Stam, Jacquetta Wheeler, Lindsey Wixson, Catherine McNeil and people’s choice model of the night Erin O’Connor. She took to the catwalk in a photo printed pre-Raphaelite-esque dress from A/W 2013 and was cheered along all the way.
What felt extra special (am basing my observation on the basis of what Eleanor sent through) though was the cherry picking of Deacon’s finest moments from a an archive now spans over ten years worth of collections. The “Georgian Fashion Remix” theme was a loose umbrella for Deacon to pick out his most flamboyant pieces – most notably from the Pac Man collection of S/S 09, the Cecil Beaton swan collection of S/S 12, the angels and demons of A/W 13 and the Glen Luchford S/S 14 ode. They’re reminders of the sort of wit and energy that Deacon brings to his specific type of demi-couture. Jones’ dramatic millinery flourishes dotted throughout the show only served to amp up to grandiosity.
All photographs by Eleanor Hardwick