VICTORIA BECKHAM FW23 COLLECTION, THE ART OF PLAYING DRESS UP
Playing dress-up is an instinct that never fades. From children’s costume parties to the rebellious customisation of teenagers and what we come to define as styling, the impulse to transform ourselves through clothes is forever thrilling. For the Autumn Winter 2023 Collection, Victoria Beckham investigates this construction of character through an eclectic and eccentric proposition. Inspired by the unconventional women that form her evolving community, the designer’s second show in Paris is an homage to an experimental and unafraid approach to style: the infectious passion for the art of dressing that ignited her own love of fashion and continues to drive her work.
For the show’s invitation, Victoria Beckham invites Drew Barrymore to revisit the character of Edith Bouvier Beale played by the actress in Grey Gardens from 2009. Based on the 1975 documentary of the same name – a familiar source of inspiration for the designer – her performance celebrates Little Edie’s entrancing relationship with the power of clothes. The unpredictable glamour characteristic of Little Edie’s approach to dressing up informs a collection founded in eclecticism observed through the sophisticated lens of modernity. It establishes the premise for an idiosyncratic proposal expressed in deconstruction, customisation and subversion.