Documenting Fashion


5 Minutes with… Christine Quach

June 6, 2014 by Jennifer

Christine at Somerset House, outside of The Courtauld. All photos by Jennifer Potter.

Christine at Somerset House, outside of The Courtauld. All photos by Jennifer Potter.

Perfecting the art of layering.

Perfecting the art of layering.

Melissa The Little Prince shoes

Melissa The Little Prince shoes

“S’il vous plait… Dessine-moi un mouton…”

“S’il vous plait… Dessine-moi un mouton…”

Christine’s ruffled sleeve – inspired by her love of the seventeenth century!

Christine’s ruffled sleeve – inspired by her love of the seventeenth century!

Another vintage find!

Another vintage find!

Christine hails from the ‘shire’ of Los Angeles, California. She is an MA student at The Courtauld, specialising in early modern Netherlandish art, and she is currently writing her dissertation on alchemy in seventeenth-century Dutch painting.

 

Tell me about what you are wearing. I am wearing a Burberry trench and a vintage French 1940s jacket over a silky blouse, decorated with hot air balloons and a little pussy bow. I paired these with a simple pair of dark jeans and my Melissa The Little Prince shoes. 

 

How would you describe your style? That’s a hard question because I can never actually figure out what my style is!  I think my cousin once described it as twisted and whimsical yet sophisticated. I was not exactly sure what that meant back then, but I guess now that I have developed it, that sounds about right. 

 

Where do you look for inspiration in how you dress? Being an art historian, I usually look at historical sources. I like to start with a theme. In the winter, for example, I am often in the mood for something Victorian, and I might dress as though I’m going hunting in the nineteenth century!

 

What do you think your look says about you? That I am rather eccentric.

 

Has being a MA student at The Courtauld influenced your fashion at all? If so, how? To be honest, unless I’m feeling good on a specific day, I often feel too stressed to dress up as often as I usually would.

 

Has your MA specialisation in Netherlandish art inspired your dress at all? Certainly! I always liked the seventeenth century, especially the costumes, so I like to have a lot of ruffled blouses, lace, and things like that.

 

What are your go-to shopping places in London? I go to a lot of sample sales. I did not realise that I would go to so many sample sales in London. 

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