This precious piece started the whole Singular garment range. What better place to put a design which stands for everything I hold dear about creativity, love, personal sovereighty, and true power than an infantry garment made as standard issue for men in the New Zealand Army Corps?
It is one of my favourite Singular garments, ever. True vintage, it's stamped with its first issue date (May 1954) and has the names of every soldier it was issued to written on its inside pockets.
The combination of its personal history and my Force Majeure embroidery make it a very powerful statement and I consider it to be a work of art. Call me witchy, but there's a concentration of some kind of power in this piece. This is reflected in its price tag.
What you need to know:
- Women's 10/12
- MEASUREMENTS: Back = 67cm, Shoulders = 52cm, Chest = 53, Sleeve (outside, from shoulder to cuff edge) = 57cm
- Hot Pink embroidery
- 100% army khaki wool, authentic standard issue, stamped May 1954
- 5 khaki bakelite buttons hidden in a covered placket
Beautiful Construction details:
- pleats in the back waist and at the cuffs
- patch pockets at the chest with pleat details and hidden buttons
- ingenious inside pockets, accessed from each side of the front
- belt and metal closure at waist
- sleeves are shaped for a bent arm
- the only flaw in this garment is a broken epaulette button; I haven't replaced this as it's still secure.
Purchased from the Army Surplus store on Karangahape Road in 2017, this classic flight jacket has been stitched with both the Big Badge and the Lightning Heart insignia, with a printed Force Majeure collar tag added. With over three thousand stitches, these additions were made with care by my local apparel embroiderers, Positive Image.
This jacket is a gem.
ABOUT THE SINGULAR RANGE:
I really love the embroidered FM design. I decided to put it on the back of an old denim jacket of mine after I saw a friend doing this in her business. She shared the name of her embroiderer with me and I loved the result so much I decided to put it on more second hand stuff. I'm a fan of shopping second hand and I love combining old and new, so the upcycled FM Singular line was born, thanks to my friend's creativity and generosity.