"In 2017, to coincide with the NGV’s House of Dior: Seventy years of Haute Couture, two new couture works were commissioned for the fashion and textiles collection with funds donated by the David Richards Bequest and the F&T Supporters Group. Essence d’Herbier was commissioned by the NGV after Katie Somerville, Senior Curator Fashion and Textiles attended Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first Dior Couture show in Paris in January 2017." - NGV Melbourne
This is an incredibly beautiful dress, "one of the centerpieces of the Roses installation: the swirling red Rose dress by Sarah Burton from the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection." What is even more incredible is watching it being created by Judy Halil, who is Head of Atelier for Alexander McQueen, someone with "mad" sewing and draping skills. We can't figure out how they know how to draft the pattern and put it together, but it's fun to watch them do it.
Gee's Bend quilters and quilts have become synonymous with quilting excellence. Now they're becoming quite well known in another textile industry, the fashion world, and are garnering acclaim again across the world wide web. "With support from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, the quilters now have sold-out Etsy shops and collaborations with high-profile fashion designers." Find out how these amazing quilters have branched out and introduced their work to a whole new generation. (Photo Credit: Greg Lauren)
When you think of Paris, many things come to mind. Food, art, love, and so many others. But one of the standouts has got to be fashion. Home to some of the biggest design houses in the world, including Chanel and Dior, Paris has so much to offer when it comes to the clothing industry. Go behind the scenes of the workshops of designers Stéphane Rolland and Jean-Paul Gaultier as they take you on a fantastic fashion tour of their Haute Couture Workshops in Paris.
"Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy celebrates the extraordinary designs of Guo Pei—hailed as China's first couturier—and includes more than 80 works from the past two decades highlighting her most important collections shown on Beijing and Paris runways." Learn about this exciting exhibit coming to San Francisco's Legion of Honor Museum and more about its designer.
"Numerous Louis Vuitton steamer trunks sat abandoned for decades in a forgotten storeroom in a fifteenth-century Florentine villa. When a painting conservator eventually stumbled upon the trunks, what she found inside were not only 38 beautiful gowns, but a lost piece of fashion history was also unpacked, along with the life of Hortense Mitchell Acton, the wealthy American banking heiress who owned them." - Antique Trader
You may have watched the video we recently featured all about the fashions of the Gilded Age. Now, see how the real was interpreted for the small screen in HBO's television series, The Gilded Age. Watch and see as "the cast and crew discuss the intricately designed costumes and recreating the New York City streets and homes from the late 1800s."
Have you been watching The Gilded Age on HBO? Here's a presentation from the DAR museum that gives you an accurate historical perspective on the time and the clothing of the era.
Most designers of clothes and other wearable garments tend to use traditional fabrics when putting together their outfits. Sure there are more difficult ones to work with like silk or lace, but the clothes still come together with ease if you know what you're doing. Melissa Meier on the other hand bucks that trend and has been working with trees, wheat, grass, really anything out in nature. Find out how she does it, and how she makes it look stylish and fashionable as well! (Photo: Sweet Gum Balls by Melissa Meier)
Last week we showed you two amazing Christmas dolls created by Nigel Chia. Here he is handcrafting a DeMuse New Year's Doll...with very little, tiny beads, and itty bitty lace ribbon.
If you think making haute couture dresses take a long time for humans, how about shrinking those dresses down to doll size? In this video, watch as Malaysian fashion designer, Nigel Chia, creates two stunning ball gowns for Demuse dolls especially for Christmas.
"It took 1054 hours of work to make the sublime Haute Couture dress that Kristen Stewart wears as Princess Diana in “Spencer”, Pablo Larraín's highly anticipated new biopic." - Vogue.com
Queen Elizabeth has been known to choose clothing in very bright colors so that she can be seen from a distance in a crowd. In this image, she is seen wearing different outfits in just about every color found in a Pantone color chart.
If you have ever had that question, this video will show you why. These extraordinary couture clothes by Chanel are handmade perfection. They literally "create" the fabric bit by bit, piece by piece, feather by feather. It's fascinating to watch and you'll even notice a nod to a couple of different quilt blocks.
Take your front-row seat to watch the unveiling of the Dior Autumn-Winter 2021-2022 Haute Couture collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri live from Paris. While the clothes are always interesting and beautifully made, we were fascinated by the backdrop of the show. Was it quilted? Was it embroidered?After taking a closer look, we believe it was entirely embroidered...but we could be wrong. Take a look.
On Friday we featured a segment on how to turn a hoodie into a quilt. Well now Greg Lauren and the quilters have Gee's Bend have taken that concept up a notch an designed a whole collection of clothes using their quilts as the basis. "Mosaic : Gee’s Bend and Greg Lauren, is a collaboration between 14 quilters from Gee's Bend and Greg Lauren, celebrating the ingenious artwork by the women of this community." (Photo from Greg Lauren website)
We aren't sure who can really wear these clothes or where they would be worn, but we can certainly appreciate the workmanship and hours put into creating them. Can you imagine how much time just hemming all of the ruffles alone would require?!?