How Little and Big Edie inspired an Indian fashion collection

Designer Aniket Satam’s mood board for his AIFWSS17 collection Grey Garden gives a peek into the quirky genius. By popular demand, here is a peek into how he created the spring collection. The designer shared with us his mood board for the line. It brings to mind a magical world that is timeless and whimsical, all at once. His super cheery and retro collection has a multilayered intense sad story behind it.

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“For SS17, I was racking my brains to create something wearable but with a dash of fun. As I excavated my inspiration box, the eclectic real life drama of Little and Big Edie kept one appearing on my pin boards. Their tragic yet dramatic life story of isolation and poverty is known the world over but what appealed me is their DIY approach towards their wardrobe and the eternally optimistic insights towards life. Their huge empty mansion with colourful bright summery rooms formed the key palette. And their army of 300 cats quietly entered the collection in form of intricate hand embroideries,” says the designer.

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Mood board

Edith Bouvier Beale (Little Edie) was an eccentric cousin of Jackie Kennedy. She became a cult figure and fashion icon after her appearance in the documentary Grey Gardens. Although her daughter Edie gets most of the attention and acclaim in the Grey Gardens documentary, those close to the family say that mother Edith (Big Edie) was always the real talent and star of the “Beale” show.

In the early 1920’s Phelan and Edith purchased the Grey Gardens mansion located at the corner of Lily Pond Lane and West End Road in East Hampton, Long Island. It was at her new home that Edith would fully cultivate her bohemian ways. She would dress in an unconventional style that drew criticism from her fellow East Hampton elitists. Her outlandish freethinking attitude and gypsy-like appearance embarrassed her husband. Edith could care less of the opinions of others, and she didn’t mind letting it be known.

Aniket’s collection also features embroidered spray of pansies and other florals which resemble the Bouvier’s favourite season – spring. Says the designer, “The classic Gingham, Pinstripes, American folds and other such men’s wardrobe details emerged in the line as a remembrance of the vacuum of a man in their wardrobe. The Bold staunch statement shirt underlines the iconic monologue of Lil Eddie on how Staunch women are always misinterpreted by a patriarchal society.”

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