literature meme ∙ [5/10] prose ∙ a single man (christopher isherwood)
“Think of two people, living together day after day, year after year, in this small space, standing elbow to elbow cooking at the same small stove, squeezing past each other on the narrow stairs, shaving in front of the same small bathroom mirror, constantly jogging, jostling, bumping against each other’s bodies by mistake or on purpose, sensually, aggressively, awkwardly, impatiently, in rage or in love – think what deep though invisible tracks they must leave, everywhere, behind them!” // “But now isn’t simply now. Now is also a cold reminder: one whole day later than yesterday, one year later than last year. Every now is labeled with its date, rendering all past nows obsolete, until — later of sooner — perhaps — no, not perhaps — quite certainly: it will come.”
Marina Yee, fashion for van dyck, 1999
Graduating from the Academy in 1981, Marina was one of the original “6” and is now perhaps the least “known” of the group - only due to her absence on the scene from 1990-1998. Few know, but Marina worked closely with Dirk Bikkembergs as he grew his brand and she has collaborated on several award-winning theater productions. She now has a studio / workshop in Brussels.
scan from belgian fashion design (1999)
My heart has been a lonely warrior who’s been to war. So you can be sure… in my heart your love has found the safest hiding place.
The notorious character type who bobbed her hair, smoke cigarettes, drank gin, sported short skirts, and passed her evenings in steamy jazz clubs, where she danced in a shockingly immodest fashion with a revolving cast of male suitors.”
“The New Woman of the 1920s boldly asserted her right to dance, drink, smoke, and date— to work her own property, to live free of the strictures that governed her mother’s generation. (…) She flouted Victorian-era conventions and scandalized her parents. In many ways, she controlled her own destiny”