French designers salutes.....the British.

It's not that often that the French praise the British, or vice versa. So one French designer has obviously been eating too much French poultry and has caught bird flu of the brain......

French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac paid tribute to famous Britons in his collection at the Paris prêt-à-porter season yesterday.

Models wore dresses printed with larger-than-life faces of - among others - Shakespeare, Winston Churchill, Diana, Princess of Wales, Queen Victoria, George Best and Kate Moss.

Each image was accompanied by an appropriate "costume", such as a pin-striped tailcoat, shirt and tie for Churchill; a number seven football strip and ball for George Best and a "flag" jacket and string of silver pearls for the Princess of Wales.

Other characters included Alice in Wonderland, Robin Hood, the artists Gilbert and George and Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols.

The collection's colour scheme was inspired by the red, white and blue of the Union flag. Models appeared in versions of guardsmen's uniforms, wearing fake-fur busbies and jackets with long, fringed epaulettes. One coat was designed as a castle, with battlements and toy soldiers decorating the shoulders.

De Castelbajac, a committed Anglophile, said the tribute to "les rosbifs" was inspired by memories of his childhood. (external - login to view)
Here are some photos -

The former Princess of Wales.

The Bard.


George Best, who died in November.

The druggie (and, in her spare time, a model) Kate Moss.

It doesn't get much worse than that....
Where do you FIND this stuff, Blackleaf??????? No, I mean literally- how can I order some of these outfits????
Notice the smile on Churchhill's face.
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