A stunning example of tambour beading. I bought the magazine just for the cover.
And another beautifully beaded and embroidered example from Matthew Williamson's Spring 2011 RTW line...
The combination of feathers, beads and sequins is extraordinary.
And, since so many of us are using image transfers in our needlework these days...
Check out what London designer Mary Katrantzou created when inspired by images of lavish hotel and staterooms...
She digitalized fragments of pages from vintage copies of Architectural Digest and The World of Interiors, amped up the color to hyperrealist level, and then started thinking about the possibilities of what she could do with curtains, chandeliers, wall sconces, and lampshades.
You may think it's a bit over-the-top but her use of images really works. And what is it that makes it work? (You can see her whole collection here and a video of the fashion show here.)
If she had just plopped a clipped image from a magazine onto a dress...it wouldn't have worked at all. But her use of symmetry -- of spaces within images -- of color and contrast and contour -- it's stunning.
Me? I'd wear this dress below in a heartbeat.
And I find all of this creativity very refreshing...and worthy of study for adaptation into my own work.
And my next tambour beading project will have hints of that Vogue cover in it for sure.
Happy creating, my friends!