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Down Aussie: Of Cabbages & Kings Spring/Summer ’09 Collection December 13, 2008

Excerpted from The Fashion Birdcage.

Diving deep for inspiration this season, Of Cabbages & Kings wants to plunge you into an aquatic adventure

Maintaining the OC&K signature aesthetic of hideous-come-beautiful, the Spring/Summer 09 Collection draws its inspirations from sources as wide and varied as the ocean itself.

Goodey and Andrews sight everything from the illustrations of German naturalist Ernst Haeckel and the sirens paintings of Herbert Draper and to the epic 1985 album Hounds of Love by Kate Bush.

The collection trawls the oceans for similes: fabric twisted and knotted to look like fishing nets, dip dyed tips suggesting underwater flora, silk fronds floating like seaweed and structured panels imitating fish scales.

The garments embrace a much lighter mood than winter, with the use brighter colours and figure hugging garments.

OC&K have been featured in many publications including Vogue Living, Oyster, Attitude, STM, The West Magazine, Dropstitch, Out in Perth, BOX Magazine and New Zealand’s Runway report

Additionally OC&K designed and produced the costumes for Canadian band Dandi Wind’s world tour which saw the garments worn onstage at the legendary South by South West festival in Austin Texas and in the band’s video clip ‘Bag Lady’ where the garments are worn on the Great Wall of China.

Recent highlights have included winning the General Pants Bubble Competition and creating costumes for new band Fan Death.