did you say vintage? / working clothes

“At the time, I found fashion too complicated. I wanted to start again from scratch, taking working clothes as a basis. I brought a new take on painters’ trousers, the waiter’s jacket, the builder’s dungarees…”

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working clothes

“At the time, I found fashion too complicated. I wanted to start again from scratch, taking working clothes as a basis. I brought a new take on painters’ trousers, the waiter’s jacket, the builder’s dungarees…”

The obsession of agnès b. : twist materials from their original use.

Cheesecloth for example :

"It's fine and soft, the fabric falls naturally, the effect is not Sunday best while remaining feminine."

A twist established in creative principle since the beginning : according to her, stylists must "invent".

Sketches by agnès b.

did you say vintage? / the overalls

overalls

 

“Clothes are no longer a sign of belonging.”

 

The emblem par excellence of the working attire: the overalls agnès b. is particularly fond of. She has always offered overalls in a range of fabrics and shades. 

Black satin jumpsuit, winter 2009.

did you say vintage? / a must!

my overalls have always been a must !

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my overalls have always been a must !

Different “2000s” versions of the famous agnès b. overalls.

Self-coloured or printed, like the ones produced with artist Dominique Fury, a different version of the overalls is presented for each new collection.

 

 

did you say vintage? / the overalls worn by …

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ho !

lovely chloë !

it’s my design…. ! it suits you so well ! agnès b.

 

For her latest album, The Do decides to wear agnès b. Olivia Merilahti wears the overalls in red cotton poplin.

For summer 2006, agnès b. proposed the overalls in a bloomer floral print version like the one worn by Chloë Sevigny.

 

did you say vintage? / the working jacket

the working jacket

 

“I have always loved this blue which is the basis of French working clothes.”

 

Initially worn by manual workers, blue work clothes were adopted by the students following 1968.

agnès b. incorporates them into her wardrobe and transforms them into everyday clothes for everyone.

Collier’s jacket and drawstring trousers in washed indigo blue linen, summer 2010.

did you say vintage? / the dungarees

dungarees

 

Another garment that is part of the worker’s uniform: dungarees. agnès b. loves to make a short version,

as in this winter 2007 look, in black and white striped cotton, worn with a cap and high socks.

did you say vintage? / the dungarees, variations of

Different versions of agnès b. dungarees, from the ‘90s and 2000s.

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Different versions of agnès b. dungarees, from the ‘90s and 2000s.

Dungarees are another garment agnès b. is particularly fond of. The stylist loves to pair them with a small cotton top or a light blouse, the way she wears them in François Pain’s documentary.

did you say vintage? / girl

did you say vintage? / the pinafore

the pinafore

 

agnès b. has re-purposed the pinafore. It no longer serves to protect the clothes but is an integral part of the outline drawn by the stylist.

Tied at the waist on model Kirsten Owen, worn next to the skin or with a sleeveless vest, it shows off the body with modesty.

 

Did you say vintage? / the pinafore, variations

Press clippings and photographs by agnès b., from the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s.

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in the countryside !

Press clippings and photographs by agnès b., from the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s.

Immortalised by major names in photography such as Sacha in 1986 for Marie-Claire, the pinafore has become an emblem of the agnès b. range.

did you say vintage? / the pinafore, worn by …

 

in the countryside !

 

Laetitia Casta wears a black dress with white printed polkadots and pinafore by agnès b.

Photograph by André Carrara for Marie-Claire in June 1994.

did you say vintage? / the shirt dress

the shirt dress

 

Troublante, Bardot, Liseron, Trouville… so many names given to the shirt dresses designed by agnès b.

For the winter 2003 collection photographed by Patrick Messina, agnès b. proposes it in black with her famous swallow print. The stylist likes to set it off with accessories such as garters and stockings to add sensuality to a dress with a minimalist cut.

did you say vintage? / the shirt dress, variations

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Navy and white checked cotton shirt dress. Photographs by agnès b. for her summer 1995 collection.

did you say vintage? / the linen dress

the linen dress

 

Born in Versailles, agnès b. loves to pay tribute to the town that had such an influence on her. Long dresses, blouses, large petticoats make regular appearances in her collections. Made of linen, in a variety of natural shades, these items lend a vintage feel, the very appeal behind the initial success of agnès b. during her first years at Elle magazine.

Dark grey linen dress. Photographs by agnès b. for her summer 1995 collection.

did you say vintage? / the linen dress, variations

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summer 2015, © agnès b.

did you say vintage? / photograph by agnès b.

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photo agnès b.

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