Birds of North America

by jennine on August 10, 2009

There is something wonderful about library appropriate attire, especially if you wear the perfect dress for requesting the John James Audobon’s Birds of America book because they never let you check that out. Ok… so I may be the only one who would actually dress up to request books from the reference library… but hey, sometimes I forget my driver’s license! Canadian designer, Hayley Gibson has her own line of library appropriate chic clothing aptly titled Birds of North America, each playfully innocent piece is named after a species of North American Bird,  like the Puffin, Sandpiper, and Bushtit …ahem, excuse me please?

‘My life’s experiences comprised uniforms, boating paraphernalia, antique furniture that filled our house, the insides of institutions like schools, music conservatories, libraries and hospitals. It was on this frame that my aesthetic was formed.’ Says Hayley Gibson, which you can totally see elements of this in her collections.

And by the way… in case you need a reminder, Audobon’s illustrations are beautiful.

p.s.This one’s for you Swan!

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Male-Mode August 10, 2009 at 1:29 am

I love the cut-out pinafore style in the centre. Also, it’s sometimes refreshing to see a designer designing clothes rooted in “what they know” just as some of the best writers do.

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Sweety P August 10, 2009 at 3:07 am

I love all three of the dresses! I wish I could have them.


PixelHazard August 10, 2009 at 5:59 am

Oh Oh, one of eveything please!
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Yaya August 10, 2009 at 7:38 am

these three dresses are so simple but so original! love them
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Sal August 10, 2009 at 8:58 am

Now these folks have a take on the sexy schoolgirl look that I can TOTALLY get behind. And I love that the pieces are named for lovely birds!

We’ve got a complete set of Audubon prints here at my University and I can’t WAIT until they put ‘em on display.
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thefatandskinny August 10, 2009 at 9:01 am

I love that librarian and 60s secretary look. I think it fits my nerdom pretty well. I hope the move is going well.
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Retro Chick August 10, 2009 at 9:16 am

Oh, how much do I love the Bushtit skirt!?

I wonder if it would even go over my hips properly?


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jennine August 10, 2009 at 9:25 am

❤ male mode… so true! it’s not often that we see designers make references to their actual lives… good observation.
❤ sweety, pixel and yaya… you and me both!
❤ sal.. so true, many school girl looks are kind of creepy on adult women, but these are really nice.
❤ thefatandskinny…hehe.. maybe we should form a club!
❤ retro…oh i love it too… though it’s not the hips that worry me as much as having small enough breasts…eek!


maria August 10, 2009 at 11:38 am

I need the first and third outfits!!
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Sherin August 10, 2009 at 1:16 pm

I love that collection. Its so ‘proper’, yet really fun and girly. I love that one in the middle. I can definetly see myself out and about in that.
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caitlin s. August 10, 2009 at 4:28 pm

thats a beautiful swan!
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Meg August 10, 2009 at 8:20 pm

I really, really, REALLY love the middle one!
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Bubbles August 13, 2009 at 1:35 pm

These dresses are amazingly hot without showing an ounce of skin. Reading is sexy! I WANT ALL OF THEM!!


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