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Gingham! Blankets, skirts, curtains, dresses, shawls, trousers, coats, bags and chairs... hell, I might even cover my walls in it. Such is our obsession this summer. Wonderfully simple cotton fabric, it has captured designers' creative minds and our wardrobes this spring. This traditional plaid has once again been reimagined subversively romantic shapes and I for one cannot get enough of it.

Gingham has had a long and iconic history in popular culture with very feminine connotations such as school summer dresses, Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and Bridget Bardot (whom actually married in a pink gingham dress). Twenty years ago Comme des Garçon's iconic SS1997 show 'Body Meets Dress, Dress Meets Body' above used these perceptions and the grid-like pattern to transform and distort our notions of beauty and femininity. Rei Kawabuko's use of gingham still feels relevant and contemporary and designers continue use play with these same notions once again. Particularly this season by exaggerating ruffles, deconstructing, fabrication and styling. I am all over this, check me out here. !!! 

 Crisp, clean with bows like a distorted school girl sushu/tong SS17

Crisp, clean with bows like a distorted school girl sushu/tong SS17

 Deconstructed at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi AW17

Deconstructed at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi AW17

 Mother of Pearl Resort 17

Mother of Pearl Resort 17