Carven: what goes around in fashion…
Carven is a particularly fashionable label at present and the white stand-up colour is also very much on trend at the moment. Everyone at ITV loved the dress but it has to be said that sitting down on air didn’t really do it justice!
What no one else will have known, however, is that there was a very personal reason for my choice of outfit. The purchase was inspired by this photo, taken 115 years ago in 1897, which shows my great grandmother, Lizzie Alice Wilkin-Marshall, wearing her own stand up white collar!
I think she was about 19 when this photo was taken. Sadly she died just a few years later in 1901, days after giving birth to my grandmother, who was her first and only child. Childbirth was a dangerous undertaking in those days. So my grandmother grew up never knowing her own mother, and this photo was more or less all she had of her.
When my grandmother died in 1984 I inherited the photo.
‘What goes around comes around’ holds true for many areas of life, and that certainly includes fashion. Old styles and forgotten cuts so often reappear in the collections of designers in search of fresh inspiration.
I couldn’t help but think of my great grandmother Lizzie and my own dear Grandmother, when I appeared before the cameras yesterday. I think they would have approved!
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