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When my 11 year old son recently came home from school with the invitation to ‘dress as royalty’ to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee his initial apathy soon led to a subversive adventure in punk inspired DIY fashion.

Jude has spent the majority of his primary education pushing the boundaries through his creative approach to learning which, much like marmite, his teachers have either loved or hated! The marmite lovers have nurtured, encouraged and celebrated Jude’s creativity whilst those with a sensitive palate have attempted to quash it. Fortunately Jude’s positive experiences have out-weighed the bad and it is with thanks to his time spent with inspirational teachers Sarah Maltby-Smith and Fern Parsons that he has retained the confidence to explore the world with awe, wonder, curiosity and intrigue and defied any attempts by the marmite intolerant to limit his imagination.

As Jude has reached year 6 with his creativity intact, his suggestion to create a Jubilee outfit fit for a Prince of Punk seemed like the most fitting opportunity to celebrate the square peg of a spirit that has refused to be hammered into a round hole. We therefore set ourselves a design brief to create a DIY outfit in red, white and blue with undertones of anarchy and a nod to the punk spirit of ’77.

Keen to make an artistic statement, we gathered together jeans and a couple of plain T-shirts, pillaged my sewing and art supplies for suitable accoutrements and trawled local charity shops for a small  jacket that we could customise with our stash of Poundland Union Jacks.

What followed was a week of frenzied pre and post school making. I took on the task of deconstructing the jacket to add in the Union Jacks and Jude double splattered his jeans, first with bleach and then with red batik dye. We worked on the T-Shirt together using a stencil of the Queen (from Angel Adoree’s Vintage Tea Party book), car spray paint and a ridiculous amount of safety pins.

Once completed, the Prince of Punk tried his outfit on to admiring looks from his fashion conscious sister who was mightily impressed with his DIY/charity shop chic. This initial trying on session did however highlight the need for a suitable hair style to compliment the look for which we looked to John Cooper Clarke for inspiration and invested in a can of super hold hairspray. Topped with dark glasses Jude was good to go, a walking playful statement of creative freedom and self expression!

There are more images from our photo-shoot over on Flickr

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