Jeune Pritchard was one of the very first style shoots I did for this blog. At the time she was still working at SBS now Jeune spends more time on the Picayune Farm at Braidwood working on her Thesis and feeding the horses. Her style has not changed, just adapted. She is, for me, a Style Icon.
WHO ARE THE DESIGNERS YOU LIKE?
Issey Miyake Easy to wear no matter what shape you are.
Romance Was Born ( bought 2 zip throughs; but gave one away to a younger friend)
WHAT SORT OF CLOTHES APPEAL TO YOU?
I vary between fitting and a bit of flow and movement. Worn always with tights – winter and summer.
DO YOU HAVE ANY STYLE ICONS ?
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT GETTING OLDER
70 was fine. 75 was a bit confronting. Why? Seemed like a big number. I’m good with it now, as nothing stops on the farm; feeding horses and cows; medication where needed – I’m practically a vet! Then post grad work – writing a thesis – ‘gender equality/ what’s the reality in post genocide Rwanda’. The focus is on sexual assault and abortion. (I covered the end of the genocide in Rwanda for ABC’s RN in ’94. This hasn’t left me). I drive regularly to UNSW Canberra to see my supervisor for criticism, occasional praise and direction. Oh, and I do yoga and pilates at classes in Braidwood with a good bunch of women.
DO MAGAZINES OR AD CAMPAIGNS TALK TO YOUR GENERATION?
You know…it’s probably out of ignorance that I don’t follow any fashion magazines. I don’t think they’re pitched at me – but you might be able to help me out here! I read all the press online as soon as I get up including the Washington Post and New York Times. Used to look regularly at the Style section of the NYT.
I buy the New Yorker from our local newsagent.
HOW DO YOU APPROACH FASHION COMPARED TO YOUR MOTHERS GENERATION?
My mum, Marjorie, was a talented dressmaker. Self taught. She made a lot of sheath dresses…with cap sleeves. Patterned linen. And I recall what I thought was a spectacular dress – black taffeta with orange and pink splashes of flowers. Low cut – for NZ. I think the difference between us is that she made her own clothes – and mine. I have absolutely no dressmaking talent. Mum was about 5ft 10 and thin with much better legs than mine, as she frequently pointed out!
WHERE ARE THE CLOTHES IN THE SHOTS FROM?
Cream with bamboo. Issey Miyake
Black crinkley. Alpha60 ( Newtown)
Bassike long black singlet with patches (Japanese fabric stitched on to cover holes from dogs and horses) Textiles, recycling, stitching ideas from Mary Taguchi and her local Mingei Studio. Junya Watanabe grey top – bit bondage- worn over the Bassike singlet dress.
Flannel shirt – brand Pilgrim, from Len Mutton and Co. Braidwood.
WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT ARE MOST IMPORTANT IN YOUR LIFE AS YOU GET OLDER?
Farm, animals, thesis, Helen, friends, water. The order’s changeable.
Keeping a lid on my political outrage so I’m not a total pain in the arse.
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