Vogue: Lila Moss Was The First To Wear This Vintage Corset Collab
Posted 20 October 2021
The duo scoured Annie’s expansive archive – focusing specifically on the late 18th-century, the Victorian era, 1920s and 1930s – for further inspiration. “Making something feel timeless is important to me,” asserts Annie.
Artworks by William Blake and Richard Dadd were on the moodboard, as well as Annie’s muse Sarah Qaisar, who regularly features in her campaigns and shoots. Corsets seen throughout the collection are the most obvious vintage nod, but are given a modern update with snaking crystals, pearls and silver work.
Other sweet decorative details include wildflowers, butterflies, ladybirds and bows. One particular silk dress – “perfect for twirling and dancing” – is emblazoned with a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, painted by Sir Joseph Noel Paton in 1849. Annie and Clio even launched an exclusive accessory to accompany their 2021 party wardrobe: a ruched pouch embroidered with creatures and fairies.
“I think we just designed exactly what our hearts felt, incorporating the enchanted Victorian paintings that Clio and I both love so much,” says Annie. Clio adds: “It was more so about capturing that romantic, magical feeling of the paintings. Rather than focus my work around particular events or people, I normally design with this question in mind: ‘Will this still feel beautiful and be treasured in 20, 50, 80 years time?’”
Most of the collection has been under wraps until the launch date (20 October), but Lila Moss and Jourdan Dunn requested looks for their birthdays. They, accordingly, named a dress after Lila, whose supermodel mother Kate Moss is a loyal customer at Annie’s store in Ibiza. Kate visited the celebrity hotspot with Lila in the summer. “I was working all day and dancing all night,” shares the vintage queen.
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