Friday, September 21, 2012

Millinery at Norisol Ferrari

A couple weeks ago I was in New York City, helping make hats for the Norisol Ferrari Spring/Summer  '13 collection that showed at New York Fashion Week. Working with Norisol and her design team was  exciting and inspiring! 

I was working under the in house milliner, Ann Morin, to help construct each of the hats that walked the runway, and many more that didn't make the cut. 

The hats were specifically designed to shield your skin from the sun without messing up your hair. They only sit on a tiny portion of the front of your head, so when you remove your hat indoors, you won't have hat hair. I was completely on board with the concept! Anything that is designed to shield me from the sun AND look gorgeous is something I want! 

Most of the hats in the show have a brim with a continuous spiral stitch covering the entire area. I sewed them on a machine and felt quite dizzy by the end of each one. There was also a lot of hand sewing involved in each hat. Several different types of stitches were necessary to construct them properly. Then stretch velvet ribbons were attached to secure them onto the models heads. 

It was also exciting to be backstage and get to see everything we all worked on come together and look so beautiful on the models. That is always one of my favorite parts of creating something! It feels so satisfying when everything comes together!

I also helped drape and construct the lovely bridal veil with hand made duchess satin bias binding.

I had never made hats using conventional techniques before. It was a wonderful learning experience for me to find out more about hat construction. I also really enjoyed being in the atmosphere of the busy studio, and everyone working towards a common goal together. It was definitely a fun experience and I am very pleased with the hats and with the collection! It is always exciting to be part of creating beautiful objects.

Photos from and

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Custom Corset

This corset was custom made for an Etsy client, to her specifications and measurements. It is hemp silk satin and organic cotton with hand embroidered flossing and vintage ribbon laces. It is based on the Asymmetrical Corset from the Goddess Corset Collection that came out earlier this year. Contact Rachael for commissions by emailing
Some of the photos are 3D shaky gifs.
Photos by Jonah Wanagel
Modeled by Rachael Reichert

Friday, August 24, 2012

3D Photos of Ellen's Dress

Red velvet dress made for the magnificent Ellen Rogers, to her specifications. Photos in their full animated 3D glory as shaky Gifs, curtesy of Jonah Wanagel. Modeled and styled by Rachael Reichert.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Ken's Vest

Ken and I designed a vest together for me to make as his Kickstarter reward.
The vest is organic cotton sateen and hemp silk charmeuse with vintage ribbon laces.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Goddess Corset Collection

Modeled by Virtual Defect, Athena Alexandria, Leslie Ford and Heather MacNeill
Photos by Jonah Wanagel
Hair and Makeup by Jessica Wasilenko

Corset Show Photos

Thank you to everyone who came to the fashion show last weekend! It was a magical event! Here are a few photos from the performance:

 The concept behind the show and collection was double layered. 

On top the collection is inspired by and dedicated to my imaginary Goddesses: Muse, Memory and Manifestation. Each outfit belongs to one of the Goddesses. 
Muse's outfits have clever design details and are reminiscent of modern corsets that inspire me. 
Memory's outfits are historically inspired and utilize the most beading and traditional corset embroidery. 
Manifestation's outfits have sculptural details and transcend beyond the form of conventional corsets. 
Each outfit is an offering to the Goddesses.

The other layer is introspective. 
The performance was an allegory of what it is like for me to make the collection and put on the show.
I sacrifice myself to to the Goddesses for the collection and the show and with the completion of the project, I am reborn.
This show was a creative visual representation of the emotional process of producing the collection; A rendering of the creative process.
The outfits are what bloom from my sacrifice.