Oh, what a silly yet endearing personality is Peter Jensen. His gently hilarious shows are acquired taste in London, but once you get into it, his obsession with the stranger aspects of American suburban culture makes for an entertaining serial. In the latest installment, after interludes with the work of Sissy Spacek and Tina Barney, he's turnedperhaps inevitablyto John Waters, and made his collection an ode to the filmmaker's wicked star, Mink Stole.
The program notes set the scene: "Dottie Hinkle is a Baltimore housewife. She keeps a perfect home but the crank calls of her psychotic neighbour are driving her to the edge of reason " Her looks involved Hawaiian print shirts, two-tone denim skirtsuits, a "splash-proof" housecoat, and parma violet patent loafers. And then there was Taffy"Poor Taffy, the neglected daughter of übercriminal and beauty icon, Dawn Davenport, has never been allowed to grow up " Thus, she's outfitted in a cream high-waisted dress and a babyish ruffled bed jacket.
Of course, you have to laugh out loud. There's a twist, however, and that is in the sheer normality of Jensen's clothes. Though imbued with his subtle sense of humor, his collection is really about clean, pleasantly wearable pieces, like gingham bombers, off-pastel knits, and collegiate shirtwaisters. In a store, no one would ever guess they were spawned by such a camp concept.