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 vogue.com.au 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