Fashion philately

My brother collected stamps for a short time when I was little. He had a Russian one with a figure skater on it, and I thought it was one of the most exquisite miniature images I had ever seen. The stamps I loved always had pictures of birds or vintage cars or people on them. We found a stamp from Iraq once with a picture of Saddam Hussein on it. When I was very little my mum told me he was a monster, and I took her words very literally, imagining a terrible fire-breathing dragon-type creature. Seeing a very ordinary looking man on this little stamp, with a moustache not unlike my dad’s, was a very strange moment of realisation. And a lesson in not being so literal.

But I digress. This week, the Royal Mail launched a new collection of stamps entitled “Great British Fashion”. The ten images, created by photographer Sølve Sundsbø and graphic design company johnson banks, cover the many eras of British fashion design from wartime “austerity chic” (Hardy Amies) to 70s Saville Row (Tommy Nutter) to modern fashion visionaries (Alexander McQueen). As I needed to go to the post office to get packaging materials anyway, I figured I would treat myself to a set! I bought the presentation pack (£6.50, or £6 for the loose stamps), which includes a brief bit of blurb about the fashion eras being portrayed and has the stamps all tucked away into little cellophane pockets. I want a prettier way of displaying them; so far my plan is to mount them on cartridge paper and then find a nice old frame in a charity shop somewhere.

Anyone got any better suggestions? x

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