A wee while ago I received a run of blogger awards (thanks folks!), and being in the midst of RTW Tailoring sewalong-preparation-madness, I never got around to answering the requisite questions. Since this adds up to about 30 things that I’m supposed to reveal about myself, I may as well bare all and share this article – Heart Couture – that was published in AirNZ’s inflight magazine a few years ago.
It is quite timely, as exactly 10 years ago today, at 10am in the morning, I underwent open heart surgery to correct an obstruction below the aortic valve. At the time I was self-employed, and after 2 years on a waiting list I distinctly remember getting the call on Friday to turn up on Tuesday. I said to the appointment clerk that I really couldn’t because I was in the middle of a sample range that needed to be ready for fashion week in three weeks time! And I can still hear the stony silence on the other end….
But we managed. By returning to work on Day 6, and with the wonderful help of my Mum who flew from the other end of the country, a slightly smaller than planned collection was put together. However the whole experience inspired my next collection for Winter 2001 – Medical File – which is what the article is all about. Here it is in the raw, with just a couple of family names blanked out. The quotes in italics were part of the clipboard bound ‘medical notes’ issued to the front rows and media. Click to enlarge: