Déjà Vu: Checked and Re-checked

It’s been a while since I had a déjà vu.

I was looking through one of my fave blogs and came across this stunning image from Life magazine, from a feature entitled Extreme Fashion originally published in 1949.

Extreme Fashion as seen in Life mag, 1949. Photo by Nina Leen.

Doesn’t it remind you of a more recent, extreme collection?

Alexander McQueen's checks for Fall Winter 2009

McQueen’s houndstooth suit has a more fitted waist, but speaks volumes. The sleeves are three-quarter length and the skirt is full, giving the suit a vintage vibe…but the length and the varying size checks are total modernity.

I also loved the bias cut of this coat dress and the play on angles. It’s no optical illusion how fabulous a girl would feel in that twisted ruffle. Such drama.

The modern version of the 1949 jacket? Alexander McQueen FW09

Take one classic check, make it Big, add an ’80s pant, play with vintage proportions, add fun. Stir.

Checks go extreme at McQueen FW09

Going to extremes is never out of style.

Photo sources: one, two, three, four.

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