The first purchases seem tentative, of lesser value and further apart; a flutter of larger amounts towards the wedding day, on a Saturday in late June. This narrative of a wedding is by far the strongest, though not the only one. And it’s loose, refusing to consummate, shifting like Google Earth. Hilda made gowns, among other things.
We’re approaching a threshold moment. In just a few years, “a whole world… (will become) obsolete, and the contours of a new (one will begin) to show themselves.” Things are kinder in some ways, harsher in others, “before the switch.” Punk is about to emerge in response, then Joy Division.
We don’t know that yet though. Look laterally. TVs are black and white. Telephones are a luxury. Birkin smiles and poses, her basket in the crook of her arm. Hilda impends behind her and the musician - “bras and tights… suspenders and knickers” half-hidden by apples and oranges - “’come and get your gums ‘round me plums,’” – far beyond the woman strutting past piles of boxes, in the “central hub for music and vinyl.” “They used to call it the Latin Quarter, because it was full of Europeans.” “Oh, Hilda was the one who supplied me with my clothes… they were one-offs. Nobody else had ‘em… They were all one-offs, Hilda’s.”
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