So the dress is done, photos to come. I’m very happy with it, though it definitely looks better on me than on my cheap dress form. Now I’m working on the corset belt. I decided to go with the green brocade as it is a seriously close match to Gucci’s signature green color. I’m using…… Continue reading The Gucci Challenge, part 3, nearly there!
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
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
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
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
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
Lee Alexander McQueen was born on March 17, 1969, in Lewisham, London. The youngest of six children born to a taxi driver father and schoolteacher mother. Alexander, or Lee as he was more commonly known, knew from a young age that he was gay, and as a result suffered much teasing from his classmates. He…… Continue reading Alexander McQueen