I know the title of the blog is Dublin Fashion, but really it’s style that features here most. I think of fashion as that depicted and decided by magazines, designers and expensive runway shows. Style is what you and I decide on, what we choose to wear everyday, the way we put pieces together and how we dress ourselves.
Style can also be a rebellion against the expensive, the dictatorial and the ‘norm’. It is why we are inspired by candid or ‘real’ photographs of famous people as much, if not more-so, than we are of their editorial / press shots.
Rebelling against the norm in every sense has long been the remit of the teenager. Although seemingly, any style stance seems to have gone hand-in-hand with music of the time. Last night at the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar the Pyjama Girls was screened for the first time. Selling out it’s first few shows, the docu-movie follows “a group of teenage girls from the Basin Street flats near St James’ Hospital” Dublin. A group of teenage girls who wear pyjamas outside. Apparently a recent phenomenon, I was speaking to a friend and avid Dubs fan this afternoon, she told me that even as far back as the late ’80’s she witnessed the ‘trend’ every time she walked to Croker on match day.
The trend has seemingly only come into the public conscience in the last few years and it’s definitely a Dublin / Irish thing; I was talking to a couple of mates in the UK about it recently, just to see if the wearing of PJ’s anywhere other than bed, was popular there too. The answer was a resounding, no. So as much as the trend might not appeal to all and according to the documentary makers, has received a ‘negative response’, I love it. Although it may not be (obviously) tied to music as many similar teenage trends have been over the decades it is what it is; a statement. As much as the girls who are wearing their PJ’s to do their shopping, or hang out with their mates say it’s just comfy, it’s also saying a heck of a lot about who they are. And that is never a bad thing.
Image via Herald.ie