Disco Mondrian is another $5 find from the sadly now-defunct Hala Vintage. I bought it in August 2006, planning to use it for some kind of Halloween costume (I knew not what).
I actually posted a picture of Disco Mondrian on Flickr (I was heavy into Flickr at the time), asking for suggestions. The facts of the costume were always going to be the same, but what was its truth?
Suggestions included: "multi-colored PowerPuff girl," "Partridge family bus," "Tetris," "half long-torsoed girl, half short-torsoed pretty girl," "disco queen" and "a fucking kaleidoscope." I ended up introducing myself as "stained glass," though "disco Mondrian" was also tempting and indirectly inspired the following year's outfit — a Picasso portrait.
I'm still intrigued by the other suggestions, especially "half long-torsoed girl, half short-torsoed pretty girl." What does that person have against long-torsoed girls?
Disco Mondrian also bears sentimental value for me, as I was wearing it the night my husband and I officially started going steady.
Don't we look blissful?
Though a few of its sequins are falling off, Disco Mondrian is still pretty kicky; I especially love the contrast between the shiny sequins and the black beaded framing.
So why is it time for Disco Mondrian to move on? Well, much as I love it, it really is of limited utility. Besides that Halloween night six years ago, I think I've worn it just once, to a party that I thought was an eighties-themed costume party. (It wasn't, but none of my friends seemed to notice that I was in costume — one of the many benefits of overdressing at every opportunity.)
Also, it's surprisingly comfortable, but much like my cat, it's heavier than it looks.
So you really have to commit to it in all its sequined glory.
"Sequined glory" is not an overstatement here, by the way. Wearing Disco Mondrian in direct sunlight will quite literally dazzle those around you.
It's a size 8 — if you are interested, let me know! You can use the comments here, sign up for an email subscription to Dressopotamia, or if we actually know each other, you can just tell me (which is how Moebius ended up finding a forever home). No favoritism! I will choose randomly from among the requests on July 24. Good luck, Disco Mondrian! I know you'll find someone who loves you!
All photos by Claire Loeb! Except the ones that clearly aren't.