Monday, September 20, 2010

Fashion Inspiration

Actress Carey Mulligan in a Chanel Haute Couture sequin-embroidered top on the cover of Vogue Oct 2010 --



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!

11 comments:

Catherine said...

How fun are those dresses!! Me, I'd wear that one in a heartbeat too, but only if I had the same curves as I don't think mine would give the dress the same look!

And being the barefootin', flat sole shoe, nothing higher than a pump kind of girl - I am always amazed at how those girls can walk in those shoes!

Dolores said...

Thanks for the fashion show. I loved it.

Rachel said...

There are some really astonishing examples of beading there, and fantastic, imaginative use of prints. That's why catwalk shows are so amazing!

Carol said...

The dresses ARE really cool, but I wouldn't be caught dead in the one you like. WHY you ask? Well look at the picture again. Your eyes are drawn right smack dab to my middle age spread ~lol~

cool post, Susan. I always love when you showcase fashion. I never see what you do, until you point it out.

I'd wear those sequins and peacock feathers though~!!!~~ @@@@@

Dees said...

Stunning examples you collected! They are just mind-boggingly beautifull... I'd sign in for that peacock-dress. It makes me think of a Barbie-dress I made for my daughter 2 years ago, with a handembroidered peacock feather of sequins and beads (my very first attempt at beadembroidery).

Elmsley Rose said...

I love your "fashion" posts. Always such beautiful clothes that you show...

Allison Ann Aller said...

So interesting!
And the peacock skirt truly is stunning beyond belief.
But why must all the models be so utterly skinny? Is that the only way to best showcase these clothes?

Beautiful new blog header too!

Createology said...

Very inspirational post and thank you so much for sharing. I love so much of these ideas used for fashion. I can see where they can easily be applied into our art projects. Happy creating...

Judy S. said...

Looks like you've been having a lot of fun these past few days, Susan. Me, I've been playing Oma (granny) in Chicago. Loved your sunflower escapade..... Heading home tomorrow. Ciao!

Violette Severin said...

I am looking at the eye shadow. I gotta get some lavender eye shadow.

Nicki Lee said...

WOW! What a show - such creativity! I would love to own that peacock skirt and would seriously love to see how it was put together. Thanks for sharing!

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