Petal Power

Petal Power

I've never been blessed with green fingers.  You give me a plant and I guarantee you that I will kill it for you within 2 days, not through intention or lack of care.  I just don't have an affinity with all things green and leafy.  The boyf meekly bought two bunches of daffodils into the house and yup within a day or so, the yellow petals started to brown and as with all dead flowers, I have grown to keep them there as a constant reminder that I'm shit with plants and actually I sort of like the way they look dead and wilting.

Combine that with my reaction to these beautiful petal-adorned leggings created by Panos Yiapanis for the latest issue of Another Man (photographed by Glen Luchford) and my basic instant is to rush out and seek bags of freeze dried rose petals, the sort that's used for wedding confetti or um, seduction aids. Another example of wanting things in editorials that are contextual as opposed to actual garment/product-based.

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Boudicca's scanned flowers on their press day PDF further fuels my curiosity about using dried petals on clothes and a quick Flickr search has also yielded more inspiration images.  I love the idea of a piece of clothing that has this lifeline on it, that the petals will slowly degrade and fall away leaving a bare skeleton of a dress, skirt or indeed leggings.  Sadly I also happen to possess no skills whatsoever to actually put my dried petal garment in motion and can only bound about ideas in my head…

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  1. Film Upstart

    2009-03-25 at 9:52 AM

    I have heaps of dried petals and alas have no capability to marry the petals to fabric. I might try again and make something to wear knowing it will be a one off. you tempted me now…

  2. Helen

    2009-03-25 at 11:04 AM

    those leggings are amazing!

  3. cassiopeia

    2009-03-25 at 11:34 AM

    Wow. Great photos. Got to love dried flowers… I’m thinking maybe start small – headbands or belts, and experiment from there. I’ve heard hairspray does wonders for keeping fragile things together and then maybe uhu? 😀
    I know what you mean about lack of green fingers… Sigh. My dad’s just joined the local allotment association and our porch at home is filled with plants to the point where you can’t get to the front door without fear of trampling some! Yet I FAIL monumentally. The tree I was given for my 21st keeps threatening to die and it’s a hardy thing!
    Oh well.
    Xxxc
    http://clothestohealabrokenheart.blogspot.com/

  4. Augustine

    2009-03-25 at 12:47 PM

    the craftmanship is insane…

  5. WickedPlumVtg

    2009-03-25 at 12:55 PM

    LOLZ I am the same way with plants, I can’t grow anything to save my life. Imagine if we had to grow our own food to eat! OMG I would totally starve… or be hunting some squirrels or berries or something…
    But anyhoo, those leggings are great! Is it just me or did they do that guy up to look sort of Robert Smith of The Cure? LOLZ…
    Fun…

  6. y

    2009-03-25 at 1:13 PM

    They should make those leggings SMELL like flowers too! Haha!

  7. y

    2009-03-25 at 1:14 PM

    whoops..seeing as they are made of real flowers I suppose they do smell like that. Aaaaaaaaaaah i’m tired!

  8. Nie

    2009-03-25 at 3:12 PM

    Could you try making them with silk flowers? They would be more durable too!!!
    http://nie-a-la-mode.blogspot.com

  9. AngieMontreal

    2009-03-25 at 3:15 PM

    The scanned flowers remind me of the really old silk/velvet millinery flowers I often find in vintage shops. Kind of squashed and mashed. I’ve always loved how they look and wanted to use the mashed ones, but I thought people would just think my work was shabby and wrecked. Time to rethink those negative thoughts perhaps…

  10. maskedmannequin

    2009-03-25 at 3:39 PM

    check out this book i just found in the library- natural fashion-tribal decoration from Africa.
    http://images.google.co.uk/images?hl=en&q=natural%20fashion%20tribal%20decoration&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi
    not the same, but a similar sort of thing, wearing plants 🙂 it’s a very cool book

  11. Akiko Takamura

    2009-03-25 at 3:44 PM

    What amazing pictures!!
    I LOVE the dried rose idea!! It is so you!
    http://ysh-london.blogspot.com/

  12. WendyB

    2009-03-25 at 4:09 PM

    Who first did a flower dress…was it Galliano? McQueen? Someone interesting, I know!

  13. Anijnas

    2009-03-25 at 4:42 PM

    Diy time

  14. caroline

    2009-03-25 at 4:58 PM

    Hey susie I was the one having trouble seeing your pics earlier Yes i used to! i use firfox and have always used it 🙁 but i just downloaded IE and it works fine, so its very weird?

  15. Louise

    2009-03-25 at 5:38 PM

    wow, that’s a great bit of fashion right there! what a unique idea 🙂
    would be great if you could check out my fashion blog; http://becausewearingblacklooksmysterious.blogspot.com/
    louise xoxo

  16. I don't eat bread

    2009-03-25 at 6:45 PM

    Oh I have to DIY this! I’ll keep you posted if it works and I’d happily make more!
    x x x

  17. Fashbashsoundclash

    2009-03-25 at 10:38 PM

    Amazing, love the concept, it’s great to see such physical talent and amazing…craftmanship!
    Fashbashsoundclash X

  18. Annie Spandex

    2009-03-26 at 6:52 AM

    Absolutely beautiful

  19. Anika

    2009-03-26 at 2:14 PM

    Whoa, insane. And incredible at the same time. I wouldn’t trust myself near these. They look delicate as all hell, notwithstanding the fact they are probably meant to survive for periods of time.

  20. Tamara

    2009-03-26 at 6:38 PM

    Love the leggings! And the pics, amazing! 🙂

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