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The Gucci Challenge, part 2

If you’ve been following, I’ve been working on a garment for the fashion challenge at school—creating a street style garment inspired by Gucci’s fall 2017 ready to wear line. I’ve gathered my fabrics, some from my stash, some from Britex, and even one, the green silk brocade, from the local Salvation Army store ($3 for…… Continue reading The Gucci Challenge, part 2

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The Gucci Challenge, Part 1

Twice a year my school, Apparel Arts, sponsors a fashion challenge. This fall, they have challenged students to create a street style look inspired by Gucci’s fall 2017 ready to wear line. Now, at first I wasn’t a fan of this particular mash-up of fashion elements. The colors are bright, complex, and at times nearing…… Continue reading The Gucci Challenge, Part 1

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The fates align

Sometimes things just work out. Perfectly. A few months ago, an acquaintance alerted me to an exhibition of 50 (yes 50!) Victorian gowns. “Sounds great”, I replied, “Where is it?” “In Saco, Maine”, came the response. Gasp! “That’s a little over 3,000 miles away, but thanks for thinking of me!”, I replied and quickly filed…… Continue reading The fates align

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Ulyana Sergeenko

I think Ulyana Sergeenko may very well be one of my favorite designers of all time. I love her use of historical and fantasy references and the elegant way she incorporates familiar fairytale elements in dramatic ways. I mean, who doesn’t love Slavic folklore and cunning references to paganism? So inevitably, I had to include…… Continue reading Ulyana Sergeenko

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Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood

Vivienne Westwood was born Vivienne Isabel Swire to Gordon Swire and Dora Swire in England on April 8, 1941. She moved to London at the age of seventeen to study silver-smithing at Harrow School of Art. After only staying for one term, believing she could not make a living in the arts, she decided instead…… Continue reading Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood

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Christian Lacroix

Christian Marie Lacroix was born on May 16, 1951 in Arles, France. He studied art and costume history at the University of Montpellier, and after graduating with his arts degree in 1973, Lacroix went to study at the Sorbonne in Paris, hoping to establish a career as a museum curator. After moving to Paris from…… Continue reading Christian Lacroix