Because you can't have depths without surfaces.
Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

What the guru wears

The woman who taught McQueen

And while Wilson is undoubtedly a daunting presence, it's not because of the chic glossiness you might expect from someone so revered in the fashion world. Dressed in her uniform of plain black top and skirt (she refuses to mention designer names), she is matter-of-fact and decidedly unshowy: 'I wear black, because I'm a large lady, and I have many exact replicas of the same black outfit. I'm normally so dismissive and bitchy about my students' work, so if I always wear the same thing I kind of dissolve. I'm not putting myself in the firing line,' she booms, her comments loud, quick and fiery with expletives.


Marian D said...

How does she keep her desk that tidy????

JustaRabbit said...

At first I agreed with her take on diminishing herself, but then I decided that I think she's acting a bit cowardly, no? It's as if she's allowed to comment on others, but she does not reveal her own self through her choice of clothing. (Unless perhaps she does really like all black and that is what she suggests her students create)

Anonymous said...

Perhaps she doesn't want to become a fashion victim.
What does that say about what she thinks of the women who wear what her students make?

greying pixie said...

With regard to the dress code of design tutors, I consider it an honour to teach (young) students of design and I make a point of dressing to inspire. My tutor at the Royal College of Art was always a great inspiration to me, wearing clothes I had only ever read about in magazines. After my mother, she is probably the most important sartorial influence in my life.

However, every tutor has their personal way. I would never knock Ms Wilson's choice of dress, if that's her way of inspiring her students; as long as she continues to teach successfully.