Friday, August 20, 2010

An Eccentric Steps Out

To see another well-known eccentric, Miss Joanna Newsom. We had purchased tickets back on May 21 to make sure we'd get seats, and the hall did sell out. Mr. E is of the opinion that this could be the last time we'd get the chance to see Miss Newsom perform at such a reasonable price - her star is on the rise. Her writing, composing, singing, and performing skills surpassed what we expected. She also made diligent efforts to showcase her fellow performers, acknowledging them verbally many times and giving them ample opportunity for great solos, etc.

Here's a few you tube choices if you'd like to learn a little more about Ms. Newsom. Good Intentions Paving Company is from her new album and contains some of her trademark squeaks. Inflammatory Writ is a hoot. Like something from a twenties speakeasy populated by unionizing chorus girls - this clip also shows her charming performing style at the keyboard. She looks like a wee, antsy mermaid. '81 is ethereal and haunting, and this video gives you a look at her phenomenal personal style. Peach Plum Pear ended the show and brought down the house! Check it out, people.

Just in case you've yet to twig, this is what i wore to the show. I hope the pix give you a flavor of the way this phenomenal jacket moves. It's wool crepe de chine lined with silk crepe and has shoulder pads. Please take the time to really look at the detail pictures below - bound buttonholes, pieced and fully functional pockets (four, the bags are also silk crepe), ceramic buttons in the shape of little seashells. It was a present to my sister from a lady in Vermont who was cleaning out her attic and it found it's way to me. I also received a green shot silk jacket with covered buttons which is literally falling apart, but in the most gorgeous manner.....

As near as i can tell (no labels) this jacket is from sixty to seventy years old. I've had to re-stitch the shoulder seams, but otherwise it's fine. Can you think of clothes we have nowadays that will survive in good shape until over half a century in the future? For heaven's sake, the stuff we wear these days doesn't even look a quarter as nice! And things fall apart on the way home from the store..... But enough ranting. I do try to make and get a few things that have a little of that magic about them.

This pic came out kind of va-voom (i'm pretty sure i was trying to keep from scratching until the shutter went off). The necklace and watch are both old pieces as well, and both from my mom. I love wearing gifts from people i love, clothes that have traveled across the country and possess mysterious histories.....

How have your favorite garments found you?

Jacket: ???
Top: Ann Ferriday
Skirt, Scarf, Earrings, Ribbon Flower: own design
Bandanna: Target
Watch, Necklace: gifts
Shoes: Passion by Clarks


  1. Ah, Peach Plum Pear - a divine piece of art. 'You are knocking me down with the palm of your eye.' Now that's an image!

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