Friday, April 02, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Oh, and sorry I neglected to tidy up the studio before snapping the pix. But somehow, when I take the pix with my camera, it seems a lot less formal and I just didn't do it. Oops.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
For the upcoming show, I need 4 pix. And here I have 5. Help me narrow it down. If there's something you love, let me know. Or it there's one you feel I must leave out, also let me know. Tactfully , if you can.
I need help. So go at it. Comment, comment, comment!!!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
This little number, for instance, will do very nicely to set the mood. It's not as if you can see enough detail of the dress to copy it, even if you wanted to. And by the way, I wouldn't recommend it.
But you can't beat it's feeling of romantic luxury. Victorian splendor at it's finest. And best of all, that feeling of incredible lightness. Total fantasy. That was Winterhalter's genius. Actual Victorian clothes did NOT give that impression.
Yep, Baroness What's-Her-Name can sure put one in the mood to conjure up something grand. But that's about all she can put you in the mood for? Ever notice how those Victorian gals, even with the benefit of a world class portrait painter always look kind of doughy and insipid? Til Sargeant painted Madame X. Who looked like she actually had sex. A lot. And enjoyed it. No wonder that picture caused such an uproar. Oops, meandering. Focus, Focus.
Continue trolling through the Winterhalters til I start feeling that hoop skirts and crinolines don't look the slightest bit over the top. Til we're ready to pull out the sketchbook and give it a try.
And maybe come up with something like this. Chantilly lace corset bodice laced up in back with satin ribbons.
Mega-full ballgown skirt of silk organza with wide satin ribbons overlaid on it. But I draw the line at hoops. Absolutely not. Too "King and I." But I can build a petticoat so serious you'll never miss them.
- Glamorous, check.
- Romantic, double check.
- Commands space and attention, duh!
But despite it's retro feel and vintage heritage, it'd archetectural simplicity make it strangely modern without being trendy in the least.
And best of all, it captures that lighter than air, blow it away with a feather quality even though in reality it will be boned, buckramed, horsehaired and laced within a hair's breadth of swoon inducing. Just like in the good ole days.
Friday, February 12, 2010
It's been a while. I still think this blog was a great idea. But it was a sort of New year's resolution sort of thing and we all know how that goes. Nonetheless, I want to give it a go and see what happens. There may not be a dress every day but we're gonna try.
Up front warning: My mind wanders. There may be very little continuity from day to day. But hopefully, a pattern will surface. And technology and I sometimes disagree. Or at least, fail to see eye to eye. For instance, the dress of this particular day should be the one I worked on today. ALL DAY LONG. Still not finished. But did I take a pic? No, I did not. So maybe it will be tomorrow. So for today, let's visit the archives.
Today's pic is a bridal gown. It's a 2 piece gown of double-faced silk duchesse satin. It's a beautiful, very simple gown. Though never worn by an actual bride, I have sold this gown. It was bought by Avon for a catalog shoot. If the truth were known, they wanted a Vera Wang gown but they insisted the gown not be strapless. Well, that season, Vera simply didn't have any non-strapless gowns. So Avon's stylist for the shoot, (fortunately for the both of us, a friend of a friend) gave me a call. I faxed her a dozen or so sketches (tells you this story didn't happen yesterday. Who faxes anymore?)
Anyhoo, she and the art director selected this one and I whipped it up. It was a beaut. The model was a Brazilian beauty who flew into New York minutes before the shoot so I had to make the dress to measure with no fittings. And they gave me her measurements from her agency profile. And Jeez, they all lie. But how much? Don't remember how much I allowed for vanity but I got lucky and it worked. The dress fit. And she was breathtakingly beautiful.
Problem was, it was a close up shot they used. You got it. Beautiful gown and all you could see was the strap. Should've known. That's why they didn't want strapless. Because a strapless gown would not have shown up in the pic! They could have used a nude model. Which wouldn't have read "bride." So I should have seen it coming. But did I? Nope. Right over the old noggin. And I'd been doing this for decades. Thank God I got paid for the gown and didn't do it for credit. As soon as I dig out the photo and figure out the scanner, I'll add the photo to this post.
Til tomorrow. And the dress of that day. Which will hopefully be the one I am referring to as "Miss Kitty Takes a Trip." You'll see.