The 80′s should have buried this trend and we understand that some of you might be a little hesitant about trying this, but in order to stay chic this is a trend you do not need to fear as there is a conservative way to approach the bare midriff. This style is interpreted best when the midriff is just barely peeking, it’s very subtle, making it a completely wearable option for us more conservative dressers. Try out this look by experimenting with a high-waisted skirt or pants to avoiding baring too much skin and layer it out with a fab jacket with interesting detail to provide a red herring. A pearl necklace will detract from too much focus on an exposed navel. Now is also the time to work on those abs and there is nothing better than perfecting those crunches whilst reading your favourite book or rest an encyclopaedia on your stomach for extra resistance.
The must-have party frock of the 80s was designed by Sydney-based fashion label Studibaker Hawk, the work of one of Australia’s most enduring and successful evening, school formal and special occasion labels.
Established by Janelle Smith, David Miles and Wendy Arnold in 1982 the distinctive Studibaker Hawk signature dress with it’s original textile prints and sculptural silhouette became one of the 1980s most sought after ‘party frocks’ ; it’s bold extravagant style reflecting the optimistic, prosperous economic and social mood of Australia at the time.
Smith noted that her work was inspired by 1940s and 1950s fashion, the glamorous full skirted evening gowns of Christian Dior and bustled and corsetted Victorian silhouettes. In contrast she also cites London’s Punk scene (which she experienced first hand while in London in the late 1970s) as an influence; freeing up her notions of dress design, construction and materials.
“I love that I’m breathing new life into something that was once discarded. I love being able to step back into time and bring a modern spin to it.” LibrarianChic is not only about looking fabulous and feeling gorgeous it is also about a sustainable approach to buying and wearing fashion. There has already been enough fashion created and designed to be recycled and renewed. Most people don’t realize that approximately 40Kg of clothing per person in Australia is thrown away every year, which amounts to about 10 percent of all the waste dumped. Waste has been defined as any product or substance that has no further use or value for the person or organisation that owns it. LibrarianChic understands that what may be discarded can have value ….to to be loved and adored forever.
Textile waste in our landfill contributes to the formation of leachate as it decomposes, and has the potential to contaminate groundwater. The decomposition of beautiful organic fibres and yarn such as wool produces large amounts of ammonia as well as methane. Ammonia is highly toxic when released into our environments. Synthetic fibres can prolong the adverse effects of both leachate and gas production due to the length of time it takes for them to decay. Many waste facilities incinerate textile waste in large quantities, emitting organic substances such as dioxins, heavy metals, acidic gases and dust particles, which are all potentially harmful to both humans and the environment.
LibrarianChic is “timeless, catalogued, fashion”. Timeless meaning that it can sustain seasonal trends which wont cost the earth. Each piece is collected and catalogued according to a genre to help people interpret their own sense of style. We are constantly challenging the perception of fashion where individual garments often crafted for just one appearance on the catwalk and designers using extravagant materials are prized for their creativity. LibrarianChic ensures the concept of reduce, re-use and recycle will catch on. We encourage people to sell their unworn discarded garments to us, and alternatively offer to buy back garments from customers once they have served a purpose.