Day 367: Friday 30 April 2010

The Official End of The Year of Denim

Special Edition…

Vale, Year of Denim:
as a gesture of farewell, we pay tribute to the pin-ups that lurk beneath Jane’s 367 everyday triple denim combinations.

Inspired by Helmut Newton’s androgynous fashion shoots, James Dean’s tough beauty, blaxploitation heroines like Pam Grier, and gender-bending burlesque, we have granted Jane licence to explore her glamorous alter-ego and tap into the popular cultural fantasies that drive much of her work as an artist.

These personae are not randomly chosen: they underline Jane’s interest in the borderlines between good and bad taste, queer and straight, masculinity and femininity, sexual allure and abjection. They also of course betray the fun of playing dress-ups, a playfulness that Jane shares with us as her friends, collaborators and audience.

It is a combination of courage — a dispassionate view of herself untainted by vanity; creativity — an ability to make raucous and astute references with the scantest of materials; and generosity — a desire to include others in her creative pursuits and explorations of self, that makes Jane so unique.

We congratulate her on having pursued, and now completed, the Year of Denim true to this spirit.

Cleopatra Jones: Year of Denim 2010

Cleopatra Jones - "The way I feel tonight, Muhammad Ali will have his hands full!"

Shaving: Year of Denim 2010

Doodlebug - "Hair's like a woman. You treat it good and it treats you good. Ain't that right honey? You hear what I'm saying? Yeah, you got to hold it, caress it, and love it. And if your hair gets out of line you take a scissor and say, "Hair I'm going to cut you.""

Helmut Newton homage: Year of Denim

Helmut Newton - "A woman does not live in front of white paper. She lives on the street, in a motor car, in a hotel room."

James Dean homage: Year of Denim

James Dean - "The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results."

Hair, make-up, camera, pinot noir: Beaver Dior
Concept, archival research, camera: HRH
Camera, prosecco, text: Jack
Everything else: Jambo

Over and Out

Thanks to all you readers, supporters, loaners and donaters of denim, commenators, rat bags, spammers, back stabbers, bitches and babes for an interesting Year of Denim. You know who you all are and I hope you all come along tomorrow night to celebrate the End of The Year of Denim.

Oh and today, as I gad about preparing for tomorrow night’s End of Denim function (if you’re reading this you’re invited) I am wearing this…

This image captures the Year of Denim perfectly. It's got it all: Tubes the denim snack, Taxi the dog, one of my fav denim itesm, the South Sea Bubbles bomber jacket, jeggings gifted exctly a year ago by AK, denim gym boots, studded denim cap donated by VOAK and a birthday cake from HRH

Top: South Sea Bubbles denim bomber jacket. I am so happy the weather turned so I got a chance to wear this on YoD one more time. Ta to the very generous donater of more than just the jacket, SLEE.

Bottom 1: Jeggings given to me on my birthday in 2009 at the very start of the Year of Denim

Bottom 2: JeasnWest denim skirt, bought in QLD for a song

Accessory 1: Denim gym boots gotten me through the hard times

Accessory 2: Denim bag with red piping slung over my shoulder

Accessory 3: Black denim, cap gifted

Accessory 4: Tubes, the self anointed denim snack

And don’t forget tomorrow night’s celebration of denim…


35 Responses to Day 367: Friday 30 April 2010

  1. HRH says:

    Happy Birffday!

  2. HRH says:

    that could be taken several ways… and probably wisely so… the day is yet young…

  3. holdend says:

    that is fucking awesome. I am looking forward to giving these a good look over after work. Love you and your work polkinghorne, it’s been a pleasure! xx

  4. White tie says:

    The end of an era! What does she have in store for us next? Happy birthday.

  5. beaver says:

    Congratulations Polke! what a trek as the kids say……talk about taurean steadfastness and determination… end of an era indeedy. xxxxxxx

  6. spiegel says:

    What a fantastic finale. Truly great pix. So sorry the Year of Denim is ending. What an achievement. Hope you’ve got those blue cocktails sorted by tomorrow. xxxxx

  7. liz says:

    Oh, a little bit sad! These last photos are tops! Congratuations and happy birthday…xx

    • Year of Denim says:

      Don’t be sad.
      Be glad!
      Glad I did it, glad I made it through the year without running out of steam, interest or worst of all, an audience.

  8. philT says:

    ah, a sad day for us but, i’m assuming, more than a little liberating for you. and those photos just make it all the more special. the shaving one is just fantastic. see you tomorrow night.

  9. Goffers says:

    OMG! Too good! 2 days of awesome pictures, I mean really, Cindy Sherman, eat your heart out!
    CONGRATULATIONS, you should get the order of Australia, in fact, you will get one, I am officially making one for you.
    And Happy day you were born!!!

    • Year of Denim says:

      So effusive in your praise!
      Thanks for everything Goffas, and good luck tonight with your exhibition opening at ican.

  10. pb says:

    Have we really being around the sun again.

    Happy happy joy joy Birthday.

  11. Renny says:

    My dear denim delight!
    I just can’t wait to give you a fraction too much of my denim friction tomorrow night!


    • Year of Denim says:

      Dear Renny
      I look forward to wiping your fake tan off of my white denim and running my fingers through your snowy beard
      Love YoD

  12. Adam says:

    I’m sorry I can’t make the closing party. But I heard news that the Nobel Committee is setting up a new category: world contributions to denim. And they have you in theirs sights girl!

  13. timh says:

    sending luv lady denim! u rock my sox my off xx
    ps these last pix are brill!

  14. anne says:

    Congratulations Jane!! You did it, and with such style and outrageousness!!

    What on earth are we all going to look at on that internet now???? There’s nothing else on it that comes close.

    Hope you found your denim B-Day card in your letter-box before it got rained on.

    Have a lovely remainder of your B-Day and see you tomorrow nite with double denim and bells on (I’ll have to wear my outfit to work which should be fun).

  15. petenel says:

    What a killer closing gallery. (Look at them bazoomas.)
    Years may come years may go. But there is always denim. and YoD.
    Goodbye. The internets are d-e-d to me.

  16. Sir says:

    Bloody awesome mate!! Well done. Spewing that I can’t make the party but hope thewife parties enough for both of us.

  17. Ralph says:

    Congratulations Ms Jane and happy bday, sorry I can’t make it tonight, but I enjoyed the last photos, R

  18. woofy says:

    Nobody looks so good in denim. Truly a child from the blue xxx

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