Children · Couture · Embroidery · fashion · Sewing

Another year, another challenge.

Well, it’s been a while. I wasn’t going to do this spring’s school fashion challenge, but my daughter convinced me. I took my daughter and her younger brother to see the Klimt & Rodin exhibit at the Legion of Honor. As it turns out, my daughter was simultaneously studying Klimt’s work in art class. So,…… Continue reading Another year, another challenge.

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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

Corsets · Costuming · Couture · Edwardian · Embroidery · Fashion History · Gowns · history · Sewing · Uncategorized · underpinnings · Victorian · Wedding

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

Corsets · Costuming · Couture · Fashion History · fashion resistance · Renaissance · Sewing · Uncategorized · underpinnings · Victorian · Vintage · WWII

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