>> Argh me maties!! Shiver me timbers, but have I got a golden treasure chest for ye lassies... the John Galliano Pirate jacket (left) from his Fall/Winter 2001 collection. It's easy to get your hands on one (cheap too!), but don't worry, there's a catch. You have to make it yourself.
I came across a great site today, showstudio.com, which provides the pattern for the Pirate Jacket itself. Personally, I like the Union Jack version that SHOWstudio made (right) much better than the runway version (Eep! Did I just say that? Sacrilege! Burn her!). I don't think I've seen a pattern I'd more like to make in all my days of looking through Butterick, Simplicity, and even Vogue pattern books. I'm so tempted, to start on this... if only I wasn't leaving the country in three weeks. The corset detailing (I'm such a sucker for corsets), the decontructed look, the flap on the front -- it's all to die for. And I know that it's possible -- a couple of regulars on craftster.org recently pieced it all together. And for those of you who are up for the task, they left behind some priceless instructions -- SHOWstudio may be great with the patterns, but they're horrible with the directions. It's all there for the taking -- so Godspeed, ye landlubbers and wenches.
For those of you who would rather walk the plank than don anything by the Dread Pirate Galliano himself, as you wish -- SHOWstudio's design_download section has graciously provided you with a few other options -- an absolutely gorgeous kimono-inspired jacket (left) from Alexander McQueen's Fall/Winter 2003 collection, a cape from Yohji Yamamoto, and sometime in the near future they will be adding a pattern from Junya Watanabe's forthcoming Fall/Winter 2005 collection.