Episodic stills from Pan Am (2011-2012) - all pictures via Karine Vanasse Fan Site The Colette dress - Up The Wooden Hills SS12
Photography: Beata Rydén
Model: Elin Vestin
Styling: Lisa Marie Andersson
Since I haven’t talked that much about the inspirations behind Up The Wooden Hills' collections before I decided to do a post today about the story behind the Colette dress. The spring/summer 12 collection was overall very influenced by summer and cities with a more mild and warmer climate - especially Sacramento and Los Angeles. The other part of the inspiration came from different strong women who were fictional characters in a few different tv series I watched very intensly during the time I worked with the collection. When the collection was ready the newly added dress models for this season carried names after five different agents and one stewardess. And the inspiration behind the Colette dress was the French stewardess Colette Valois portrayed by Karine Vanasse from the tv series Pan Am that was launched in 2011.
Overall the Pan Am tv series included many beautiful geographic surroundings combined with a wonderful 1960's set design and costume design. When I read about the show I noticed that some people critizised it for romanticizing the 1960's era but since the series doesn't claim to be documentary I think one have to see it and judge it for what it really is - pure fiction. Another thing I really liked about the show was that the stewardesses in the series were always put in the forefront of the story and portrayed as intelligent and independent women with great posture and lots of physical strength.
Colette was the character that instantly became my favourite in the series. She seemed like a wise, graceful, sympathetic, passionate and warm-hearted person who respected herself and her own values. Her sense of style in clothing was chic, sophsticated and elegant and her makeup with the very noticeble eyeliner and her hairstyles combined with her fringe was just so stunning.
When I made the first sketches for SS12 I wanted to create a dress that captured the Colette character somehow. It was no coincidence that the pattern with the strongest colour palette and the biggest Liberty print in the collection was chosen for the dress with her name. I wanted the Colette dress to feel chic, passionate, elegant and comfortable. And I hope that the person who wears it will feel colourful, confident and beautiful in it. :)