The latest addition to our Girly project is an essay on Meadham Kirchhoff’s S/S 12 collection, A Wolf in Lamb’s Clothing, penned by the London College of Fashion’s Morna Laing!
Recognising that the representation of the ‘woman-child’ in fashion often serves as a signifier or symbol for the times we live in, Laing considers the roles of the London label's famed S/S 12 collection’s ‘pastel-clad Courtney-Love-alikes’ and ‘pirouetting girl-child ballerinas.' She argues that Meadham Kirchhoff’s re-appropriation of the kinderwhore aesthetic amounts to a cunning political message and that the collection ‘can be understood as an instance of same-sex drag: exaggerating the contradictory demands of ideal femininity; betraying its constructed-ness; subverting it from within.’
Read her essay in full and be sure to revisit past essays and interviews in the Girly series. The project includes a fashion film by Nick Knight and Rei Nadal which features key Meadham Kirchhoff pieces.