Peggy Noland makes loud fashion; it’s bright, it’s in your face, and it’s wholly unapologetic. She’s even designed for both Miley Cyrus and Rihanna–some of the loudest, most visible musicians in the game at the moment–and credits her style as being “white trash meets high class.” But her latest designs might be poised to make the most noise of all: a line of full-length dresses that feature Oprah’s head Photoshopped onto nude bodies of women. For real. (You can see the dresses here. NSFW!) It’s a collection of six pieces that range from “Oprah: Obese and Happy” to “Oprah: Anorexic and Nice.” Each dress retails for $295.
Noland, whose inspirations include French women, R. Kelly, and small-town meth addicts, said told The Cut that the Oprah dress “originated as kind of the age old [red] carpet question: Who are you wearing? And this clearly is: You’re wearing Oprah instead of a designer.” As far as the nudity goes, Noland explained it this way, “We feel very protective of our public figures. We don’t want them to be exposed that way, but we feel like they’re ours, too. The simpler, more lighthearted idea is that it’s like one of those bikini-printed beach shirts. I think there are some really meaningful philosophical layers. … It can nod to how ridiculous the fashion industry is at times.”
The fashion industry is certainly ridiculous on the regular, but how is even the most bold fashionista supposed to wear this dress? Peggy Noland says there’s only one way: to own it. “I would just encourage people to just be bold with it. If they’re going to buy it and wear it, just wear it. I would say leave your jacket at home, you know?”
Interested in buying Peggy’s Oprah dress? You can find it online at her online shop or in her boutique in Kansas City. We can’t help but wonder if Oprah would be offended by this dress or whether she’d take it in stride and have Peggy on her show to deep-dive into the fashion industry’s philosophical issues. One thing is fairly certain, it definitely won’t be making it onto Oprah’s favorite things list for next year.
Head over to The Cut for Peggy’s full interview.