Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Bee Waits Loves: Natalie Dawson

It's a mash up of cultures. Think of it as 50's teen fashion meets mexican old world, and you'll get something close to Natalie Dawson's inaugral collection "Frida is a Punk." Already a fast favourite with Confetti Crowd and How Two Live, Natalie Dawson's graduate collection is the perfect send up of fashion, art and music, all centred round the idea of a modern day teenage Frida Kahlo.

With Kahlo as a muse, Dawson draws on their shared Mexican heritage, bringing embroidery, oil cloth and inginous folk art. Mixed up with a 50's teenage teeny bopper silouettes, the collection is a love letter to pop culture, art and Mexico. Candy brights are mixed with gingam and flashes of taffeta. For "Frida is a Punk" Dawson imagined a modern day Kahlo, and how a teenage Frida would dress. The result was a social media savvy fiction of Kahlo crossed with Tavi Gevinson, with a magpie attitude to fashion, cherry picking her favourite parts from her history and from conemporary design. Peasent blouses and full skirts are familiar enough, how take on a more modern take with the collection when contrasted with silver and pink metallics and heavy floral embroidery.

"Frida is a Punk" celebrates Dawson's mixed heritage along with Frida Kahlo's for a rich capsule collection. Blending old school techniques with a tumblr friendly aesthetic, Dawson's collection inspires a love for exploration, personal history all while keeping tongue firmly in cheek, making her one upcoming designer worth getting excited about.


  1. Frida is bae, Dawson is bae. Thus, this is bae.

    1. Could have just wrote these two lines and had the same result. Total girl crushing on this entire collection


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