You’d think the best perks of having access to Lollapalooza’s media tent would be the luxury porta-potty, the free drinks and gourmet dinner during their happy hour, or the prime view of the festival’s main stage. Okay, those are some pretty great perks, but not all; seeing MTV News anchor and Perfect Pussy frontwoman Meredith Graves in all her glory is also something to look forward to every year.
Graves’ penchant for vintage garments started when she was only fourteen years old, after she saw some old pictures of her grandmother and realized how similar they were. “I like the concept of ‘time travel’,” she says. “I want you to look at me and wonder what your grandma looked like when she was a babe.” Coming from a musical theater background also helped her develop a more whimsical style: “Why be boring when you can have fun?” she asks.
As to how the artist updates her prim vintage frocks? With multiple tattoos spread on her body, and the right attitude: “Confidence is contemporary,” she ponders. Graves also allows a few rips on her clothing to show, wearing her dresses until they literally start falling off her body. Beautiful, bold and environmentally friendly!
—Photos and text by Isa Giallorenzo
Journalist Isa Giallorenzo was born in São Paulo, Brazil and has elected Chicago as her beloved home since 2009. She runs the street-style blog Chicago Looks and wants to see this town become one of the fashion capitals of the world.