Above: Rosie Assoulin Spring 2015
Above: Stella McCartney Spring 2015
Above: Victoria Beckham Spring 2015
I have never met a man or woman yet who was not aroused by that answer into doing their very best.
If we want good work from others or wish to accomplish anything ourselves, it will never do to harbor a doubt as to the result of an enterprise.
So, when I went to Ghormley’s, I said to him: “I want a dress by this evening.”
“Very well,” he answered as unconcernedly as if it were an everyday thing for a young woman to order a gown on a few hours’ notice.
“I want a dress that will stand constant wear for three months,” I added, and then left the responsibility rest on him.
Bringing out several different materials he threw them in artistic folds over a small table, studying the effect in a pier glass before which he stood.
He did not become nervous or hurried. All the time that he was trying the different effects of the materials, he kept up a lively and half humorous conversation. In a few moments he had selected a plain blue broadcloth and a quiet plaid camel’s-hair as the most durable and suitable combination for a traveling gown.
Above: Alessandra Rich Spring 2015
Above: Sacai Spring 2015
Above: Orla Kiely Spring 2015
Above: Comme des Garçons Comme des Garçons Spring 2015
Before I left, probably one o’clock, I had my first fitting. When I returned at five o’clock for a second fitting, the dress was finished. I considered this promptness and speed a good omen and quite in keeping with teh project.
After leaving Ghormley’s I went to a shop and ordered an ulster. Then going to another dressmaker’s, I ordered a lighter dress to carry with me to be worn in the land where I would find summer.
I bought one hand-bag with the determination to confine my baggage to its limit […]
Packing that bag was the most difficult undertaking of my life; there was so much to go into such little space.
I got everything in at last except the extra dress. Then the question resolved itself into this: I must either add a parcel to my baggage or go around the world in and with one dress. I always hated parcels so I sacrificed the dress, but I brought out last summer’s silk bodice and after considerable squeezing managed to crush it into the handbag.
– from Around The World In Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly