Thursday, April 23, 2009

Here's to you, Mrs Brunsdon

Jayson Brunsdon's customary illustrated RAFW show invitation has certainly had the fashpack aTwitter, with many scratching their heads trying to ID the subject. "Puzzled by sketch of Lindy Klim on Jayson Brunsdon invite..." noted The Melbourne Age fashion editor Jan Breen Burns. Whilst editor Damien Woolnough found himself "Wondering why Cruella de Ville is on the front of Jayson Brundson's invite to RAFW". A simple enquiry provided the answer - and it promises to warm the cockles of even the hardest fashion cynics' hearts at Australia's biggest frockfest next week. The portrait is of Brunsdon's septuaganarian mother Dorothy, a retired professional model (see shots, below) who once made all her own clothes and who, hilariously, worked as a retail sales consultant for David Jones for a decade (whilst her son recently migrated from DJs to Myer). Dorothy Brunsdon is the muse for the SS0910 collection.

Noted Brunsdon via email:

"The collection is inspired by my mother Dorothy and the classic Australian woman. It's about a charming simplicity, an easy, pragmatic glamour and an appreciation of suburban ordinariness... barbeques, poolside parties, shirtdresses, shirts, shorts, sundresses. There's a little Revolutionary Road in this collection, a hint of Hitchcockian subversive intrigue in the suburbs".

Both Dorothy and Brunsdon's dad, Malcolm, who live in Ballina, will of course be front row.

What a sweet story.

all images: courtesy jayson brunsdon


Imelda Matt - The Despotic Queen of Shoes said...

Reminds me of my mother mowing the lawn in black chanel pumps.

Patty Huntington said...

that explains a lot.

Anonymous said...

why does everybody always try to make there mother out to be so fashionable and chic once upon a time?! I am sure everyone's mother had cellulite problem,had a bad hair day and somebody thought she was tacky and brash as well?! Why do they always make out that there mother was a chanel/gucci supermodel that does everyday things but just 100 times better then other mother?!
My mother shop at target and she still does til this day :)

Style On Track said...

Awww... that is so lovely :)

Anonymous said...

The above post reminded me what Alber Elbaz had to say about his mother's style:
"You know, there would be an interesting survey on designers and their mothers. Mine - her name is Alegria - is an elegant woman but it's not like one of those stories of, 'Oh, my mother had this beautiful sable coat from Christian Dior and she wore it in Switzerland".

So perhaps not quite Target... but a little bit closer to reality than the others.

Rebecca said...

I can't see how you could make a negative comment about someone's recollections of their mother. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Besides sniping about mothers is just tacky.

Anonymous said...

its the same about how everybody thinks there baby is cute and stuff..god knows some babies are ugly.

Aych said...

anon, your comment made me chuckle! but its a context thing though right - retrospectives bring perspective!
Looking forward to RAFW... lets see how it translates to the catwalk! x

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