It started and I didn’t know what to write. By a third of the way through I understood and by the end I was nodding and my head could have fallen off because I was nodding so much but it didn’t. Gingham cotton, and I have evidence, is far more than you ever thought it could be. Not only can it engage with other ginghams in different colours (brown with blue), it can happily marry, and live together forever, (kisses) in a dress. And it can be disquieting: you can pervert gingham by splicing it with net sections and making it abstract (blurry) in certain sections too. You can put gingham on pleated chiffon skirts which attach to fitted bodice tops that look, sometimes, like lingerie. And, when you’ve investigated this to its logical conclusion you stop, but only after introducing intricate beading on net to make dresses from aprons or panels – sometimes tied together. And completely re-issued the skirt by adding two splits at the front that end mid-thigh or thereabouts so the splits move in a certain way when you walk and look completely new. He’s a very agile designer.