Monday, March 8, 2010

Vivian Girl

I think it must have been my goal to wear all my new stuff in as short a time frame as possible, because all of these last several outfits were worn right after my trip to Oregon and all have at least one gift or thrifted item that I brought back. And there's plenty more to come, too. Today's items are this apparently unworn off-white and green cardigan that I thrifted, and the teal patterned top, which was given to me by my aunt. I just love how the teal belt pulled them together and rested so perfectly on the division between the blocks of color in the sweater.

At the end of the workday I went to get my hair cut (you'll see the new cut tomorrow), and my hairdresser told me that my shoes reminded her of something The Vivian Girls would wear. I'd never heard of the Vivian Girls (apparently there's a band of that name too, but I'm referring to the original characters) or the artist who created them, Henry Darger. His story is truly fascinating, so I decided to rent the documentary about him, which was equally amazing.

I'd like to tell you that I'm going to put together a full outfit inspired by the Vivian Girls, but they're far too little-girlish for me to do much with. However, from now on I'll always think of these as my Vivian Girl shoes. I've included a few of Darger's interesting and somewhat creepy illustrations below, and I'd highly recommend watching the documentary on this extraordinary man.


Top: Max Studio
Cardigan: thrifted
Belt: Lazaro
Skirts: Noa Noa
Shoes: John Fluevog






15 comments:

Lemondrop Marie said...

Fab cardi- but mostly because of the just right belting, it really flatters you and the cardi at the same time!

Sara Lynn said...

I really love everything, the cardi rocks, the best is very sweet. Skirt? awesome. And then the shoes. freakin' sweet!!!

Jane W. said...

How great to have such a clued-in hairdresser! And those shoes are TDF.

Julia said...

I love the color-pairing of the cardigan, belt, shoes, and shirt - they all go so nicely together. It all just fits together perfectly.

Fawn said...

Damn you, John Fluevog, and your preposterously adorable shoes!

Oranges And Apples said...

I didn't realise the vivien gir5ls were anything more than a band! i love the shoes, anyway!

irishrosedkm said...

I'm super jealous of the cardigan especially!

Sal said...

Such an inspired combination of colors and prints. Oh, and I've been stalking Noa Noa skirts on eBay because of you, Audi!

Sheila said...

I love green and teal together! This is such a cool, retro outfit, capped off perfectly by your 'Vogs.

knitzalot said...

I love the whole outfit - particularly the cardigan. What a find!

kristophine said...

What a great cardigan! And, as always, the shoes are love.

Diana said...

I love all the colors in this outfit!

Jocelyne said...

I was lucky enough to see all his work in Seattle when I lived there at one of the art museums. It was stunning and so strange and interesting all at the same time. I have been meaning to watch that movie as well.

The funniest part was after I saw the show my boyfriend told me that his parents knew Henry in Chicago and would see him from time to time out and about. Apparently he didn't go out much but they lived in the same neighborhood as him.

Where do you get your hair done, just curious, I am also a stylist in SF. Your hair always looks great!

Francesca Ivy said...

Hey, I adore this get-up of yours. very fashionable! :)

Emily Kennedy said...

Neato! Guess I need to check the Vivian Girls out!

Love the teal and lime mix.