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{STYLE-WISE} Do it Right! Vintage Dress the Part – Kurt Cobain’s “Heart Shaped Box”

She eyes me like a Pisces when I am weak . . . 

This past September marked the 20th Anniversary of Nirvana’s stellar, and ultimately last, music video “Heart Shaped Box”. Directed by Anton Corbijn, the video is a surreal and disturbing vision of death and disease. It is a colourful combination of the familiar and the insane which make this video a great one.

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  • KURT COBAIN: “Actually, “Heart-Shaped Box’ might’ve been one of my pieces of poems. I know a lot of the words to that song are from poems. It’s just another of those songs that are pretty much wordplay. I didn’t have any specific idea.”

  • Melody Maker: So they’re not intended to mean anything?

  • KURT COBAIN: “No. And the pieces of poetry are taken from poems that don’t usually have meaning in the first place. They were cut-ups themselves. And often I’ll have to obscure the pieces I take to make them fit in the song, so they’re not even true pieces of poem. But this is the first record where I’ve written at least a couple of songs thematically. Scentless Apprentice’ is one, and ‘Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle’ is about her, (Frances Farmer) about the way she was exploited in her life.”

  • So there ya have it kids. I know Courtney wants the world to think “Heart Shaped Box” was about her vag but according to Kurt Cobain, it wasn’t.

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Not only are the visuals striking (same goes to the enchanting lyrics), so is the fashion, which represents the epitome of Grunge style at its most wild and excessive.

While we often think of Kurt Cobain in his signature wooly cardigans, and almost Grandpa gone bad style; here Cobain has embraced his rockstar qualities and ventures to a more glam version of the Grunge style that even veers into the world of high fashion.

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His iconic metallic silver button down shirt he wears throughout the video (overtop a signature Cobain black and white stripe shirt) was in fact provided by the equally iconic Jean Paul Gaultier, who dressed the band for the video. Gaultier was at the height of his unique take of Grunge style that was overtaking the industry throughout the late 80s and early 90s, so this combination of the two (Gaultier & Cobain) is nothing except magical.

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Since this tidbit had been revealed to us during the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit a few years ago in Montreal, the idea of this sort of piece has been branded in our memory as a must-have stand out piece for our closet. It took many years, but we found one, and every time it is adorned within an outfit it is a bonafide hit.

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We thought we might never find another one, but alas, our luck has been on high as of late, and we found perhaps even a better representation of this high fashion glam grunge ideal of a metallic silver foil shirt in a remarkable piece by Marc Alan that is straight out of the period and looking for a new home!

Check it out, and maybe it’s for you. The right one will come along. They always do . . .

MEASUREMENTS

PIT TO PIT: 21″
LENGTH: 26″
SHOULDER TO SLEEVE: 31″

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SMALL / MEDIUM (best measure up!)

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Music Minute: Billy Fury – “A Wondrous Place” (1960 Recording)



This artist we’re bringing to you today has a wondrous sensibility to style and passion, cultivating his own hip pulse alongside Elvis himself.  Rockabilly style sensationalism must be in the air, because we’re tripping off of this pretty-boys badass look.

Born 1940 to the name Ronald William Wycherley in Liverpool, England, where winning a talent show as a kid would lead to a life showcasing the goods he was born with.  Born with an abundance of talent and a weak heart, he was destined to leave behind a big handprint.

Wycherley fronted his own group in 1955, but simultaneously worked full-time on a tugboat and later as a stevedore. By 1958 had started composing his own songs.  When he was signed he was such an immediate success, new management would rename him ‘Billy Fury’.

However, his early sexual and provocative stage performances received censure, and he was forced to tone them down.  But we have to attest, the world was changing in a big way, and sex is exactly what people wanted!

With a whiney twang, and a pouty quality to his style of sound, he is a forgotten idol of the changing pop culture through the 1950s.

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Having spent decades making career choices based on health, and having to pass on many opportunities and tours, ‘Billy’ would be found on his hotel room floor in 1983.

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A Rebel By Any Other Name Would Still Be As Sweet…


At THE EYE OF FAITH, we are always looking to reinvent the classics.  Looking to the past for our inspiration, we sought refuge in classic rebel gear.   We bring you a page from our LOOKBOOK to demonstrate our take on a classic.

James Dean’s iconic red jacket, jeans, and t-shirt combo was our immediate go-to, and we decided to give it a bit of an E.O.F. spin to bring it back to life for today.


We found this sick rebel red Member’s Only windbreaker which we aptly named “James” for the collection, and paired it with an +E.O.F. ORIGINAL+ design which many of our peers have noted looked uncannily like a view of the ocean seen from outer space- thus “Mystical Ocean Mystery” became its title! Cosmic ocean rebel, indeed!


A simple pair of vintage pleated trousers in royal blue brings it back to that classic 1950s all-American vibe we were drawing from in the first place.

And our look wouldn’t be complete without our Grateful Dead Converse kicks.  A cool tie-dye limited edition shoe to take that classic 1950s feel and make it ‘now’!


Definitely think we made a splash here! Really love the combination, and how easily an old classic can be completely redefined to fit in to today’s world, and no doubt, tomorrow’s as well!

It’s all about the spirit you bring to it, and we’re coming full force with number one original rebel attitude!

Make sure you check us out at the {SHOP} —> theeyeoffaith.bigcartel.com

And don’t forget to find all your vintage musings and mysteries over at our site THE EYE OF FAITH ——-> theeyeoffaith.com.  Hope you are able to come wander with us!

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