Monday, June 27, 2011

Kickstarter Launch

I launched a Kickstarter campaign last night to raise funds for my next fashion collection. It is looking really successful so far, with 90% of my minimum goal funded in the first day. It will be up for a month. The more funding I get, the more fabric I'll be able to buy, and the more outfits I'll be able to make!

I appreciate any help with making this campaign successful! If you want to pledge money, that is great! But it is also really helpful just to spread the word and pass the link to people you think might be interested in it.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Black on Black Pleated Jacket

I just finished this jacket. It's black organic cotton sateen with a black hemp silk satin collar. The clasp is Norwegian pewter. It's available to buy from my Etsy store.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Black and Red Blazer

Just finished this one. It's available on Etsy.

Organic cotton sateen with a black silk lining.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

New Necklaces

I made some necklaces today and put them up for sale on my Etsy store. There are more pictures on Etsy as well.

All the necklaces are made on a garter strap base and adorned with found objects that I've collected from around the world.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Alexander McQueen exhibition

Yesterday I went to the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It was the best fashion exhibition I've ever been to!

Every item there was gorgeous! It was so wonderful to be able to see all the details that photos never pick up. Like all the lines in his tailoring and all the bead work and embroidery. The above picture is of a dress made out of duck feathers painted gold over dozens of layers of tulle with gold thread embroidery.

Once again I had the feeling of there never being a chance of me making clothes as expensive as these. There were quotes to go along with some of the outfits. The quote for the dress above was "When we put the antlers on the model and then draped over it the lace embroidery that we had made, we had to poke them through a £2000 piece of work. But then it worked because it looks like she's rammed the piece of lace with her antlers. There's always spontaneity. You've got to allow for that in my shows." Each of his dresses is absurdly expensive to create, but from my research, I have a better idea of how he was funded and how long it took his company to break even due to his uncompromising perfectionist vision, so I feel slightly more comfortable with the expense of his dresses than I did with Capucci.

They also had video of many of his shows displayed. He always put on interesting conceptual shows.

The show was really amazing, inspiring and worth seeing. Go see it! It's on till August 7th 2011.
The book is also worth getting- Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. It has photos of every item in the show, with details and stills from the fashion shows.

Roberto Capucci exhibition

On Tuesday I went to the Roberto Capucci exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

He's an Italian couturier who has been designing for about 60 years. He started out showing collections and having his designs reproduced to sell in stores, but eventually got tired of the fashion calendar and mass production.

He started making one of a kind, amazing, luxurious sculpture dresses and showing them on his own schedule. He has been working that way for decades now.

His system is similar system to how I aspire to work and seeing someone be truly successful at it was inspiring.

Although his work did seem so expensive to make, that it was a little depressing to me that I can't afford to make dresses like his. Some dresses had about 50 different colors of silk intricately sewn together and pleated. I'm glad they exist.

The exhibition is only on till June 5th 2011, but if you are in Philadelphia, I highly recommend seeing it. The book of the exhibition, Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion, has pristine photos of all the dresses and detail shots. Anyone interested in sculptural fashion should look at it.