Getting Ready For Costume College…

It’s been a bit quiet here lately and I sincerely apologize- I’ve been furiously working on a series of presentations that I will be giving at Costume College. What’s Costume College? It’s an annual three-day costuming arts convention sponsored by the Costumer’s Guild West and it covers all periods and genres.

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And if you attend my classes, you get these snazzy ribbons for your convention badge…

Last year, I gave a presentation on Paul Poiret entitled “The King of Fashion: The World of Paul Poiret” which gives an overview of his early career and I had such a fun time with it that I decided to reprise it again for 2018 and it scheduled for Friday, July 27 at 3:30 pm. But wait, there’s more…

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Also on Friday, July 27, I will also be giving presentations on Charles Worth, entitled “Man-Milliner: The World of Charles Worth” which will give an overview of his career. Finally, on Saturday, July 28, I’ll be giving a presentation in Elsa Schiaparelli entitles “Shocking: The World of Elsa Schiparelli.” Stay tuned for more!

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Looking Back…Clockwork Alchemy

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Going through some older pictures, I came across this one from our 2016 trip to the Clockwork Alchemy Convention. I designed these two dresses for our entry in the fashion show. The evening dress on the left is our latest design, the “Lucy”, named after Lucy Westenra, the ill-fated companion of Mina Harker in Bram Stoker’s book Dracula and the subsequent Dracula movies. The dress on the right, the “Camille” is a lavender day dress in shades of lavender with amethyst accents. Both dresses are executed in the Mid-Bustle Era style (late 1870s/early 1880s) and represent some our most recent creations. While there were some challenges making these designs work for the parameters of the fashion show, I was very pleased with the result and I look forward to returning to Clockwork in 2019. 🙂

 

 

And We’re Doing It Again- Off To Bath For 2019

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We had such a good time at the 2018 Prior Attire Victorian Ball in Bath, England that we’re doing it again in 2019! We’ve already secured out tickets and made reservations on Air New Zealand (highly recommended). Sponsored by Prior Attire, a reproduction garment maker in England, the ball is scheduled for May 5, 2019 and will be held at the Bath Assembly Rooms which is a fantastic venue for a ball. We will also be spending some time in London, touring museums and looking for fabrics (and anything else that strikes our fancy).

 

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It promises to be an excellent time and we’re looking forward to being able to take the waters at Bath again (well, maybe we’ll settle for tea…) and of course we’ll be designing new  outfits- stay tuned for more! 🙂

And We’re Back…

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After a hectic weekend at No. 11, we’re back in LA catching up on things. Angus is happy that the long car ride is over and he’s rolling around on his Mid Century white shag carpeting. In the meantime, we’re getting organized for summer although the gloomy cool weather would seem to suggest otherwise… 🙂 Anyway, stay tuned for more in the near future!