MISS UNKON BOOK
by penylane on May 27 2010, 12:50PM
When Miss Unkon’s latest collection took to the catwalk at the recent RAFW it was clear from the get go that designer Courtney Meyer dreams big.
Following a week of mainly minimalist catwalks (Romance Was Born and Ellery being the exceptions) minimal styling and a deluge of draping and leather in all its forms, Miss Unkon’s bevy of Lolitas proved a refreshing surprise. Sure the twirling models and cotton candy dresses might not be everyone’s cup of cammomile tea, but there is no denying that the Brisbane-born now Sydney-based designer isn’t afraid to stand out amongst the simple and sleek fashion elite.
It’s her signature fearlessness and true-to-self vision that helped the label score a glossy book deal, as sponsored by the online self-publishing platform Blurb. The Love Is Like A Dreamland book is an extension of the label's spring summer 2010/11 collection and features editorial photography of new season garments amongst interviews with a range of subjects.
The Miss Unkon team including Courtney, her partner and resident photographer Nelson Lai and the makeup artist responsible for the complementing body art Becca Gilmartin are all featured amongst the shiny pages. I was also honored to take part in the book alongside a range of young Australian creatives including illustrator Caitlin Shearer, blogger Christina Dietze of src783 and fellow contributor to TheVine Hayley Hughes.
But the real star of the book is the whimsical and dreamlike imagery. Since the label's inception, each collection for Miss Unkon has encapsulated a strong narrative surrounding childlike themes, ranging from a German fairytale to the personal story of her late grandmother. The Love Is Like A Dreamland book is no different, taking you on a journey of modern day romance and femininity.
Doubling as a clever marketing tool and a treasured keepsake, I can’t help but wonder if the current trend for designers launching videos with their collections may soon be replaced for the tangible paper pages of an old fashioned book.
Love Is Like A Dreamland is available to purchase on Blurb. All profits will be donated to the Amira Project, a charity dedicated to impacting the quality of young women's lives in local communities.
the vine recently featured the Miss Unkon's book LOVE IS LIKE A DREAMLAND A JOURNEY OF YOUNG LOVE. To read more see article above
The book features the collections inspiration of the journey of young love of a girl and the moments in time when falling in love.
Each page features images from Miss Unkon as well as collaborations by Miss Unkon's team and the people that inspire us. This is a book that we created with creative publishers Blurb who are amazing!
It's a book we have created from our hearts and hope it connects to your heart also.
All profits from the book are donated to The Amira Project, the charity that suports the self esteem of young women at risk.
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