Flannel Suits, 2022 by Leslie HossackFlannel Suits
© 2022 Leslie Hossack

“Not all of my memories of the 1950s are bursting with colour. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson was a popular novel in 1955 and was made into a film starring Gregory Peck a year later. I was not aware of the book or the movie at the time, but I do recall my father’s grey flannel suits. Interestingly, my mother, my grandmother and I had grey flannel suits too. A photo taken in 1954 shows the four of us dressed accordingly. My father’s suit jacket is visible; it is the two-button style that Gregory Peck would later make famous. My mother and my grandmother are each wearing a lady’s version of the suit. Grandma’s is a slightly darker shade of grey, but both women’s suits have straight skirts beneath fitted jackets that feature notched lapels and padded shoulders. I do not recall having a grey flannel suit when I was a little girl, but there I am in the picture wearing one. The jacket has patch pockets and is buttoned right up to my neck; the full skirt with inverted box pleats stops a couple of inches above my knees. Flannel Suits was inspired by these early childhood memories.”

Chromogenic print mounted on aluminum composite panel.
36 x 24 in.

CONSTRUCTED RECOLLECTION: An Abstract Autobiography – Childhood Colour Coded.

Selected images from Constructed Recollection featured in online exhibition at:     Spring/Summer 2023.   21 January – 25 February 2023.

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