The worlds of music and fashion have everything and nothing in common. Many musicians disdain such boringly material issues such as dress, when their minds are taken up with the far more important music matters, while few fashionistas would consider darkening the door of a classical music venue. And yet, everyone needs music, image does matter – and wouldn’t it be useful if your performance wardrobe actually enhanced your performance?
In general, I now understand, the effort entailed in a music performance is misunderstood and is severely underestimated. When I set up Black Dress Code I did not anticipate this divergence between the two worlds, but I soon realised that for most designers, the idea of dressing a musician involves a lot of frills and decoration without a hint of movement.
How fortunate for Black Dress Code then, that we found So-Mes Creation and the capable hands of Surjit, Kiran and Lakhvinder, not to mention the So-mes production team, including Aunty Kaura. This family-run clothing factory saw the challenge immediately and took it on with flare, taking our commissioned designs and turning them into performable garments. Surjit has a phenomenal eye and it is to her that we owe so much, including our breathable waistbands and the superbly fitted palazzo trousers. All of them have patiently taught me the business of getting clothes made. We thought you might find it interesting to see where our clothes are made and who makes them. So-mes will always be at the heart of Black Dress Code.