Lily Absinthe Returns To Clockwork Alchemy!

We are happy to announce that once again, we will be showing some our designs in the fashion show at the Clockwork Alchemy Convention on Sunday, May 28, 2017. At that time, we’ll be unveiling some new designs and while we would love to preview them, we’re keeping them under wraps for now- you’ll just have to wait. 🙂

This is an exciting opportunity for us in that we will get to display some of our newest designs before the public and it brings up to a whole new level. Clockwork Alchemy is oriented towards steampunk but don’t let that throw you- it’s rooted in the Victorian Era and that’s exactly where we are.

We look forward to seeing you so stay tuned for more information! Now, back to work…

And Some More About The Lucy Dress

It’s been a few weeks since the Lucy dress had its debut at the fashion show at Clockwork Alchmey and we’re slowly getting settled back in to our normal routine here at the Atelier. The Lucy dress represents an exciting new departure for us in that we decided to try something with a decidedly “Goth” inspiration.

Named after Lucy Westenra, the ill-fated friend of Mina Harker in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the subsequent Dracula movies, the Lucy was inspired by images, gardens, and midnight gallivanting, and a touch of Midnight in Garden of Good and Evil… 🙂

And now for some inspiration, there’s nothing like an old sepulcher:

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Courtyard by Victoria Ying, © 2006 – 2016

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And of course, a cemetery located in the deep south, in this case Savannah, Georgia.

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And of course, we had to include the iconic image from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil… 🙂

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Now for a little more on the color pallette- Our color pallette is based on shades of amethyst: amethyst by day and amethyst by night; in short, it’s a series of shades of blue-based violet colors. The blue-based violets are a considered tertiary colors, combining a primary color, in this case blue, with a secondary color, violet (which lies midway between the primary colors of blue and red).

Here’s just one of several color pallettes that we drew upon:

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For our purposes, we wanted fabrics with the violet being iridescent, suggesting the play of moonlight over the fabric. Here’s some of our inspiration from the natural world:

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Now here are some views of the dress itself:

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Rear View Of The Train

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The creative path we took was a fascinating one, especially since these sorts of colors are not ones that we usually worked with in the past but we are very pleased with the results and we fully intend on pursue this more in future designs. Stay tuned for more in future posts. 🙂

Convention After-Action Report

After battling some of the worst traffic we’ve ever experienced, we’re finally back home. Wheew! What would normally be a five-hour drive became nearly an eight-hour drive and everyone was exhausted, even the terrier peeps. But, after a good night’s sleep, we’re ready to sort out everything from our trip up north and start working on various new projects. 🙂

In spite of the long drive, we do want to add that Clockwork Alchemy was a delight to attend and we have a very good time. Naturally, the fashion show was the high point of our experience and it went off for us without a hitch, in spite of having to do some last-minute adjustments in the hotel room the night before (when it comes to fashion, that’s a given).

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Getting Ready For The Show

The show staging was amazing and the director masterfully designed and executed his vision with the assistance of an extremely dedicated and talented staff. As an alternative to the catwalk that’s a staple of fashion shows, the director opted to utilize more of a salon setting in which the models occupied various risers scattered throughout the room- it was a large ballroom- with each model framed with a large picture frame made up steampunk style to simulate metal with rivets.

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Setting The Scene

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Showtime!

The lighting was contrived towards creating an evening scene, utilizing bright LED lights, and engineered to show off the clothes in the most optimal fashion; the background tended to blue out thus bringing the model forward. While the LED lighting tended to wash out the faces of the models, it did emphasize the clothes; taking photographs was a bit of a challenge but in no way did it detract from the overall experience.

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I’m Ready For My Close-Up

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Striking A Pose

Once everything was set, the doors were opened and the public was admitted. The show was well-attended by a large crowd and it seemed that everyone was taking pictures of all the models. The models were instructed to strike any sort of pose that they wanted and to change periodically- the goal was not to create stiff figures as if they were in a painting. Also, the models could interact with audience, responding to their questions in regard to their outfits.

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Dressed For Success As The Light Man Does His Magic

The Lucy dress was modeled by a good friend of ours who did an excellent job of making the dress come to life, displaying its details to the greatest advantage and especially with the train. 🙂 Karin modeled the Camille dress and her position was such that it was the first dress that was seen with people entered the room. The modeling took place over an hour and while it might have seemed effortless to the audience, it’s actually pretty draining but our models rose to the challenge and went far above and beyond. Kudos to both of them! 🙂

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A Full-Length View Of The Train

The last day of the convention was spent with Karin visiting with clients while I gave our last presentation on Victorian fashion styles and the American West. Finally, with a quick wardrobe change into travelling clothes and began packing everything up for the long trip south.

As we sort through our various pictures from the fashion show and the convention in general, we’ll be posting them along with commentary so stay tuned for more. 🙂

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Showing Off The Train – A Vision In Amethyst