Tuesday, May 02, 2006


Gathered in Manhattan to celebrate the essence of English-ness, fashion's Britpack proposed their own ideas...”

Reading more of Suzy Menkes' intro to the article Sex and Brits: An Ode to Irony, we learn that this isn’t just a few Britpacks enjoying a fashion expo in NY. Officially opening tomorrow, the Anglomania exhibition was launched by an exclusive party at the New York Metropolitan Museum.

The theme – the creativity in British fashion over the last 30 years – focuses on the main approach and inspiration of British fashion. Throughout these years, irony has been a constant source, elevated from historical satirical prints, landscape paintings, and flamboyant grand manner portraits. In amongst mingling celebrities were Johnny Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, whose wool tartan trousers (by Vivienne Westwood) were on display.

Our favourite part of the article is...

“...It takes a certain irony to envisage Anna Wintour, first lady of American Vogue, showing the Duke of Devonshire around the grand and glorious English period rooms of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where, among dark Jacobean furniture and an Elizabethan portrait, a Vivienne Westwood gown is accessorized with a necklace filled with sperm; or where a grand state bed has a Gothic scenario of Queen Victoria in her widow's weeds watching her Albert lying in a compromising position in a silver death mask and Alexander McQueen's taut tartan trousers...”


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