Lily Absinthe- It’s All In The Details…

When it comes to the fashions of the late 19th Century, it’s fairly obvious that there’s a lot of detail involved in these creations. In recreating the fashions of this era, the job of getting the details right can be a daunting one but the rewards in the end are priceless. Below are just a few examples from the atelier:

Lily Absinthe

Pleats can be worked with in a variety of ways plus they can stand alone or work as part of a decorative arrangement.

Lily Absinthe

A demi-train (or short train). Ruffles and pleats are some of the key ingredients that make dresses of the era stand out. However, fabric flowers are also used as can be seen below:

Lily Absinthe

Flowers were formed from fabric in various combinations and were often painted and/or gilded for an additional three-dimension effect. It’s couture details like these that puts our designs ahead of the rest. 🙂

Leaving No. 11…

Well, once again it’s time to load up the car and head back to LA. It was a short and busy weekend for us- not only did we have concern ourselves with ball gowns and such, but we also were involved in preparing Schieffelin Hall for the Third Territorial Days Ball. The spray paint sprayed freely this weekend…. 🙂

Territorial Days Ball

Territorial Days Ball

Well, we’re off to our next adventure…We’ll have more soon! 🙂

And We’re Here At No. 11…

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Rolled into Tombstone after the usual nine-hour drive and now there’s work to be done getting Schieffelin Hall ready for the Tombstone Territorial Days, scheduled for Saturday, September 16. 🙂

And here’s my best friend and creative consultant Molly- she goes everywhere with us and she even has her own travel cup. See  you all soon!

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The Water Lily Dress – The Color Story In Motion

NOTE: 2017 has been a very hectic year for me, both personally and professionally, and I apologize for the lateness of this post. However, I think you’ll agree that it was worth the wait. 🙂 Here’s a little insight into the inspiration behind one of the dress designs that I unveiled back in May at Clockwork Alchemy 2017. Enjoy!

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With the end of Clockwork Alchemy 2017, we’ve now have some time to regroup so I thought I’d go into some of the details of The Water Lily Dress along with a little of what inspired us. Since the theme of the fashion show at Clockwork Alchemy was the elements, we decided to focus on water and in particular, the varying colors that occur depending on the play of light, shadow, and the colors of surrounding objects. When it comes to color, water is somewhat tricky in that when viewed close up as with a glass of water, it is clear in appearance (or close). However, when viewed at a distance it usually takes on shades of blue and green, depending on the water’s depth, nature of the bottom, vegetation et al.

For us, the starting point was inspiration from Claude Monet’s various water lily-themed paintings which were based on the garden at his home in Giverny. Here are just a few:

Monet Water Lilies 1916

Monet Water Lilies 1915

Monet Water Lily 1900

And the actual garden itself is also an inspiration by itself… 🙂

Giverny Monet

Giverny Today

As you can see, there’s quite a variation in color in the blue and green ranges with a some grays mixed in…

Color Pallette

This is the color palette that I started with with for the dress. I then narrowed things down a fit to focus on several shades of blue with the ultimate goal of capturing the movement of water translated into fabric:

From this:

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To this:

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Here’s the entire dress laid out. It’s actually more blue than what this picture would suggest- vagaries of lighting and digital photography. 🙂 Here you can see the flowers in their full form.

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And here’s a close-up of the flowers being added to the dress:

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And then it was time to get ready for the fashion show:

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Yes, I had to get some selfies! 🙂 And now on to the show!

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And a close-up of the flowers under ultra-violet light:

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And here are a few from afterwards:

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The dress was a complete success and I am very happy with how the inspiration translated itself into a final dress. Inspiration can sometimes send one in a number of directions simultaneously and be overwhelming but by keeping to my initial vision, I believe that I achieved my goal and I’m more than happy with the results. 🙂