We do tons of special sizing in our studio, and recently upgraded our mannequin collection to reflect current shapes and sizes of the female figure, as the way we push and pull our selves, and our diets and exercise regimes, change over time.
So it was interesting to see this show at FIT
Pretty interesting……corsets for pregnant women? And their daughters? A corset that closed in the front liberated women?
Bustles? Rubber girdles? (I do remember the smell of rubber emanating from my mothers underwear drawer as a young girl!) Marilyn’s buttocks jiggling? Gasp!
My pics of mostly the fascinating underwear!
On thru May 5th
This show wasn’t really making me rush over to Moma for some reason, but I did
catch it a few weeks ago and found it more interesting than I thought. It’s really about
us, and the wearable things that have become staples in our lives, or have had cultural impact. Here’s a snippet of images…….hurry up, it closes tomorrow!
More inspiration, almost too much to handle, from our trip to the Met earlier this month. I know I know. I’m in a museum, taking photographs of photographs. But these images conjured up so many memories for me, I wanted to take them with me, my particular memories of the photographs of Irving Penn.
As a girl, I started receiving subscriptions to Vogue at a very young age, and it was my bible. It came into my room and brought me to a fantasy land of fashion, of where I wanted to be. It was my visual sanctuary.
My mother made all of my clothes when I was growing up, and after each issue arrived, it was followed by a trip to the fabric mills, to collaborate on trying to recreate the illusion of what I saw. All my aunts were in on it in their own ways. So many of these Irving Penn images from the 50’s and 60’s remind me of my mother and aunts.
Here’s a sneak peak. Show closes July 30.
And we got to play a bit. They had Penn’s backdrop set up that he used in his studio, so as my “photographer” was with me, I got to particpate.
Above, her own words, Rei Kawakubo. We had a chance to catch this show at The Met last week, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. So interesting to have a conversation from our very different perspectives……my background in fiber art in three dimension, my partner’s in fashion design Haute-Couture, with a very different main inspiration from Yves St Laurent; mine western looking east, his eastern looking to the west, in our young and formative years. Working together for all these years, the push and pull arrives at influences from both. This show is a must see if you are in town.
Never a huge fan of her paintings, I learned so much about the whole woman, her attention to the details of her life, how meticulous she was about her clothing, beautifully documented by the great photographers in her life.
Never knew, and blown away.
Many garments made with her own hands, many carefully chosen and cherished for construction, simplicity of design, and tactile feel of natural fiber.
Had a lunch break to avoid whiplash between these two powerful shows!
Opening a fresh box of some beautiful skins to make a special order, one of our most intricate designs of multi color lambskins, which float over a black napalan shearling.
First step is inspecting the skins, cleaning up the edges, and sorting……as no two skins are the same, we need to choose weight, the wool “nap”, suppleness, and size to relate to the different pattern pieces to be placed, marked and cut.
Next opportunity to see our work coming soon!