Irony is something Cozette McCreery, Joe Bates and Sid Bryan master better than most designers, and as they turned up the volume on post-war suburban America with the early eighties evergreen You Got Good Taste by The Cramps, you knew you’d come to a SISTER by SIBLING show. The terrific trio tackled the camp absurdity of the American dream circa mid-century with beaming models, high blow-dries, New Look silhouettes, and a reference in the show notes to the Sweet Charity character Nickie, whose biggest dream is to own 'a copy of a copy of a copy of Dior'. Inspired by vintage ‘American couture’ pieces and the colours of Tupperware plastic, the collection transformed New Look wardrobe classics into a contemporary take on pastel-perfect America.
It was mock-couture and then it wasn’t. SIBLING’s knitwear alone is demi-couture in its own right, and in the weeks leading up to the show, the studio had worked like a couture atelier, packed with tables of people doing nothing but handcrafting the two-thousand-plus flowers, which went into the collection’s last five exits. For all the collection’s plasticy Mid-Western madness, it really was rather good taste. Whether the present-day practitioners of the lifestyle in question would wear it is anyone’s guess, but McCreery, Bates and Bryan had certainly injected enough sexiness into the old American dream for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to run with it. 'You’ve got to oomph it up a bit,' Bates winked backstage.