Judy Blame: The Best Part of I-D Magazine This Month
During the course of preparing this month’s trend report, I came across an amazing find – Judy Blame. The eccentric British stylist and jewelry designer who started his career in the late 70s in London and became a leader of 1980s punk/counter-culture style. He worked with the likes of Neneh Cherry, Björk and Boy George to name a few, and found a resurging popularity after the millenium with designers John Galliano and Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garçons.
This month the best part of I-D magazine is the styling and designs of Judy Blame. His lush balance of found elements: buttons, fringe, and the sort, blend together retro-80s street chic with a completely modern sensibility. His designs look at home with what is happening in fashion right now and could easily have inspired The Blondes (who created Beyonce’s controversial stage costume) and Jeremy Scott.
On his surprising choice of name, Blame says, “I wanted a lady name because everyone changed their name to one of the same sex, so I thought i’d confuse people. Judy was a nickname given to me by a friend and Blame just sprang to mind one day. It sounds like a trashy actress from the 50s – a bleached blonde tart who only made one film and never got anywhere and I like that.” Here is to seeing more from Judy Blame.