Viv Albertine som 17-åring. Fotot utgör omslaget till självbiografin Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys som kom i våras.
I vinterns nummer av Rodeo träffar vi designerduon Meadham Kirchhoff, som berättar för oss hur mycket det betyder för dem att avsvära sig ALLT och inte göra något enligt reglerna. Kanske till och med dela upp livet efter “hata” (sådant man inte involverar sig med) och “älska” (det som ger kraft att fortsätta kämpa).
På toppen av deras utförliga “älska”-lista hittar vi Viv Albertine, gitarristen i punkbandet The Slits, vars ofrånkomligt raka attityd och revolterande liv vi kan ta del av i den nyutkomna självbiografin Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys.
På Meadham Kirchhoffs visning fick vi en skymt av Viv Albertine i publiken och tänkte att det måste vara rätt så coolt att få en hel kollektion tillägnad sig själv. En av Rodeos redaktörer Agnes Grefberg Braunerhielm bestämde sig för att chatta med Viv om saken.
Agnes_ Hi there Viv Albertine! So, tell me, why was the Meadham Kirchhoff show your first fashion show?
Viv_ Hi Agnes! Well, I’ve never been invited to one before!
Agnes_ What did you think of it?
Viv_ I liked looking at the people before the show started – I think Meadham Kirchhoff probably have a more interesting crowd than a lot of designers. It was all over so quickly I was trying to drink in the clothes before they disappeared. I loved that Meadham Kirchhoff didn’t use conventional models but interestingly shaped girls.
Agnes_ How would you describe Meadham Kirchhoff to someone who who dosen’t get it?
Viv_ Deconstructing fashion norms, rebellious, playful, annoyed with cliches, expressing yourself, attitude, beauty!
Meadham Kirchhoff vår/sommar 2015, en kollektion som hämtat kraft ur Viv Albetine. Foto: AOP.
Agnes_ Did you meet with Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff? How would you describe them?
Viv_ Yes, I said hello afterward. I’ve never done that because I haven’t been to their show before. But someone from their team came up to me and said they would like to meet me. It was all very relaxed and there was a sweet little dog. And I didn’t know which one was which! But one of them said he had been very motivated by my book and it made him enthusiastic about getting up in the morning!
Agnes_ What is your relation to the fashion industry? Have you ever cared for fashion compared to style and clothes?
Viv_ I’ve had nothing to do with the industry, I think it looks quite scary to be involved in.
Agnes_ Yes it is. Tell me, how did you fancy the bloody tampon in Arvida Byström’s ear?
Viv_ Yes it was great! And it was in the trees. I presume it was an homage to my book where I say I used to wear a bloody tampon dangling from my ear as an earring back in the day!
Scenografin på Meadham Kirchhoff vår/sommar 2015. Foto: Agnes.
Arvida Byström på Meadham Kirchhoff vår/sommar 2015. Foto: AOP.
Why are you an inspiration for Ed and Ben and for this collection do you think?
Viv_ I used to mix signs of femininity together to re frame them and make people think about cliches and habits they took for granted. I mixed my Brownie uniform or my ballet clothes with Dr Martens and fetish wear, challenging people’s conceptions of what a woman or girl is made up of. I re-appropriated all these symbols that had been foisted onto girls and made them my own. I think Meadham Kirchhoff like to make people think and to challenge the status quo – as well and to wind people up!
Agnes_ What does fashion today need? More anger and disruptiveness? More friendliness?
Viv_ I think it’s pretty much there! I love that you can walk down the street in Hackney and look however you want without being attacked anymore.
Agnes_ Does something about fashion piss you off?
Viv_ Yes a lot of stuff, certainly the skinny models. I think they look ridiculous, it’s like we’ve all bought into this insane ideal where no one stands up and says ‘are you fucking mad?’. I don’t like a uniform stick shape, IT IS BORING and I reckon they will have osteoporosis by the time they are 35. Fools.
Agnes_ So, will you go to a fashion show again?
Viv_ Not bothered.
Meta! Viv Albertine iklädd Meadham Kirchhoff vår/sommar 2015, fotad av Arvida Byström. Foto: @vivalbertine.
Benjamin Kirchhoff, Edward Meadham och Trojan. Foto: AOP.