So, have you heard? “You Know My Name” from Courtney Love’s double A-side single launched this week, and you know what? It’s actually pretty good. Delivering two and a half minutes of no nonsense punk-influenced rock, it also casts a familiar sound – her on again/off again band from the late 80s/early 90s, Hole.
Aside from the drama, feuding, controversy – and accolades – that followed the band during its heyday, what I also remember most is a heavily peroxided Courtney effortlessly putting the babydoll and slip dress through its paces. You had to love her prom-queen-gone-rogue style…
Courtney was all smeared lipstick, torn tights, unruly hair – but it was the dresses that were so iconic to her look. A mix of lace, lithe and Lolita, it’s a style that still has appeal today.
Left to right: Free People Lace Godet Babydoll Dress £170, Topshop Tier Crinkle Chiffon Smock Dress £40, Collette by Collette Dinnigan Cotton Lace Dress £325, Thakoon Embroidered Cotton Slip Dress £1,225
The whole statement of pairing sweet, innocence with overt sexuality was meant to challenge society’s definition of femininity. It was a defining 90s look and Hole was known for it. So, with Mary Janes, red lipstick and peroxide at the ready – if you don’t know her name by now, it’s Courtney, bitch!
Hole Images Source: Pinterest