I know, I know, I already wrote about Roisin not so long ago. But I just watched the video for You Know Me Better and did a big happy jump at all her costumes. It went a bit like this “OMG THE GREEN DRESS!!! OMG THE HAIR!!! OMG THE GIGABOW!!! OMG THE HOT PANTS!!! OMG THE YELLOW SKIRT AND BLUE SOCKS!!! GIMMEGIMMEGIMME!”. And that was for the more tamed reactions.
So I tried to find out more about the outfits and found this interview with Claire Edmonson.
Claire Edmondson on the styling for Roisin’s You Know Me Better
Roisin Murphy’s You Know Me Better by Jaron Albertin: Vuitton look“Roisin is really inspiring, she brings so much to the table. Usually at a fitting you pull out things and everyone gets really scared. But I’d show Roisin something and she’d say ‘yeah its amazing, and what about this?’ She was embracing everything I had and wanting to push it further.
“It was one of those projects which kept morphing as it went along. Cindy Sherman was definitely one of the references, but although Cindy Sherman’s book Centrefolds is very character-driven Roisin is very fashion-driven. We had to do a take on that but bring it into a fashion world.
“Basically she really liked the Louis Vuitton spring/summer collection, so we had some of the pieces from the collection. It was a lot of pastels, and its slightly old lady-ish actually, but it with a definite modern fashion twist. That’s where we started.
“We got really high high end designers to lend clothing, and then I did massive amounts of vintage shopping. It’s all high high end designer stuff or vintage – there’s no middle high street stuff going on. We had two different fittings because there was so much to do – basically we had a big dress up party and had a good time.
Roisin Murphy’s You Know Me Better by Jaron Albertin: green dress, pink hotties• “The green dress and pink hotpants, that’s a vintage look. There were so many costume changes you can’t really plan them ahead of time. I just did a massive, massive shop basically and then you start building outfits from there. That green dress I knew would be great somewhere, I just didn’t know in what context, but it would end up in the video. And it turned out to be a really strong look, I really like that one. And the ruff again is by a local designer.
• “In the hallway when she comes out in a yellow and gold dress and a giant tuille bow on her head (above) – she looks kind of confused. That’s Louis Vuitton – and I think that was the only piece we used in the end.
Roisin Murphy’s You Know Me Better by Jaron Albertin: the “ruff hat” look• “I know Jaron was trying to create an old lady look, with her actually looking like an old lady, but I don’t think that was really ever going to happen… But he kind of got in the hallway when she has the big ruffle thing on her head. She’s wearing an old vintage coat, and we added a big hot pink tuille bustle added to the back of it – you can just make it out in one of the shots – and then a neck ruff that we wrapped around the head.
Roisin Murphy’s You Know Me Better by Jaron Albertin: vintage nightdress• “That’s a vintage nightdress from the Sixties or Seventies. I think Jaron wanted something that could be like a housecoat while she’s lying on the kitchen floor because that was a definite Cindy Sherman reference. But I knew Roisin wouldn’t go for a housecoat. It had the blue ruffle around the neck, I knew she’d go for that.
Roisin Murphy’s You Know Me Better by Jaron Albertin: the “Alexis”•”We had this vintage dress and realised we could make the shoulders really big – Roisin and I are both really into big shoulders right now and we thought it was fun. Then at the last minute the hairdresser did her hair like that. Then some gold jewellery was added and it became this Alexis Carrington character. We didn’t really mean for that, but all of a sudden it was, ‘okay, that’s good too’…
Roisin Murphy’s You Know Me Better by Jaron Albertin: the pierrot look• “Ruffs are a big fashion item right now. In the last shot of the video where she lands on the couch, she has one. We were basing that on the pierrot-clown look and the ruff came from a local designer called Poltock & Walsh. And that was a vintage jumpsuit with that piece, and then Balenciaga heels. A bit of a mismatch – but it works.”
You can also read an interview with Jaron Albertin and see photos of her outfits here