some child in my life (there are many that i tolerate, all the more easily so, as none are mine) was doing a school drive of some sort, and that was the year i read vogue magazine. 2' aught '11, to be exact. and i've kept every issue like some mini hoarder.
yesterday evening, i was gazing at our shelves, wondering which tome to take with me on a free snack hour. the vogue magazines live with our books, in the sewing section, and i found myself wondering if any of the styles had come back around yet. this pondering was probably happening at the same time noah veitman's scientific findings were hitting the online pages of the daily mail: by his calculations, if one were to treat the pages of vogue june 2014 like a clothing catalog, it would cost $343,368 to purchase the whole shebang.
the article gapes at the price, but honestly, i was surprised by the total, i thought it would be way more. my wallet has no earthly idea if the cost of couture has risen LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE HAS in the past three years, but here's what the editorial pages held in one of my favorites: march 2011, the spring fashion issue...
a "grown up brand of glamour" (carolina herrera)
"punk'd" looks of the season (balenciaga & balmain)
magical ensembles in "the enchanted garden" (tom ford and oscar de la renta)
"the life rhapsodic" bohemian florals (dior, louis vuitton, galliano, chanel)
always david bowie: new rebellious red carpet takes (bottega veneta & gucci)
i could see any of these looks being rocked today, the floral page is in full force, the met punk gala was what, last year? and come on, that last gucci (forgive the shine, it's actually a jumpsuit).
noah further calculates a median price of $850 per item-- and again, that sounds super low...
these confections, both alexander mcqueen, are way more than 850 per, that's for sure. (both mcqueens are listed as "price upon request.") i'm not necessarily saying it's right that these garments come with such lofty pricetags, i'm not sure what the price tag should be when you are a house of Something Fabulous, complete with minions, like gucci and tom ford and balenciaga. but listen, people who don't sew, and listen well: DON'T GO GETTING ANY IDEAS. the cost of a handmade garment is, and should be, pretty high.
when you're a lone lady, and you calculate the cost of a custom ordered evening gown, avec supplies and hours and fittings and design... wouldn't it have to land in the ballpark of a grand? really think about it. two weeks of nonstop work, for sure. that's a weekly wage of $500 before you deduct materials.
not getting into whether you could-or-couldn't make it, let's assume we have all the skills necessary, but no minions: what would you sensibly charge for a gown worthy of vogue?
*can't say i know much about gaga's music. but i do love that she is 100% in character All The Time, and i want to eat everything she wears. which i think she would appreciate.