The militant gentleman

Published on by The Inquirer

The militant gentleman, Carolyn Massey’s figure for this season is reserved, louche, strong, and sophisticated, with a hint of aristocracy.  Inspired by a trip through the endless archives of the National Army Museum in Sandhurst, Carolyn Massey’s AW 09 collection sees a strong focus on the sartorial code of ‘a gentleman of the very first house’ (William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet) and how this has appropriated during the times of social or civil unrest. The AW 09 collection explores the sentiment of loss and how things / people / items / garments appear enhanced with nostalgia and are glorified in memory. Wordsworth called this the "Inward Eye."

“Carolyn Massey is a great new talent that I feel will become established in the London menswear movement, that has been growing over the last couple of years.  Mature beyond her years, Carolyn has created a collection (Carolyn Massey for Topman) that references the turn of the century work-wear, making it look fresh and new.”
  – Matthew Murphy, b store.

the SS09 collection

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