Pandora Loves this… because this translucent silk blouse redraws the boundaries of sexy. Dress Up and confuse stereotypes as the sensibilities of the long-sleeved shirt meet the audacity of subtle exposure and youthful cut-outs.
The contradiction of sexy sheers and childlike innocence recalls a familiar theme in this season's collections. In Hermes the sheer shirt is rendered youthful by a pussy-bow neck tie, in Chloé diaphanous fabrics are given a bridal twist in white undulating tiered dresses and in Stella McCartney a see-through white shirt dress evokes the same grown-up sensuality as Dress Up's blouse. Set up in 2006 by Australian fashion graduate Stephanie Downey, Dress Up empathises with the relationship that women have with their clothes. The innocence of exposed panels positioned unexpectedly at the shoulders is emblematic of a childlike aspiration for femininity. We are reminded of the exposed nape of a Geisha's neck, where obvious notions of sexuality are disposed of in place of the sometimes more potent power of suggestion.