Monday, July 23, 2012

Fall Fashion 2012: Needlepoint, Tapestry and Point de Croix

The fashion industry has embraced the needle in a big way for Fall 2012.

And the needlepoint!


Check out these looks from the Fall 2012 RTW (ready-to-wear) collection of Pierre Balmain...



I love how the pieces of needlepoint were integrated into the overall garments.  Makes me feel like ripping apart some of those outdated pillows on an old lady's couch and making a new jacket.

Balmain also went wild with the pearls and beading, inspired by a Fabergé egg seen at Christie's in NYC...


The Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012 RTW collection was an homage to Italy and included pieces inspired by ecclesiastical embroidery, the baroque gilding on the palaces of Southern Italy...



And the handmade works of tapestry and needlepoint...


OK folks, it's time to break out those old dusty needlepoint bags your grandmother carried and give them a new lease on life!

I just love those boots!

And even though I was disappointed when I found that this close-up on a jacket wasn't embroidered...


It did resemble a gilded, baroque version of a wrack line.

Valentino had one of the most stunning looks of all in their Fall 2012 RTW collection...


*sigh*  So beautiful...It reminded me of the vintage Boué Souers dresses from the 1920s.

I wasn't surprised at all that it had already gotten worn by Keira Knightly for the movie premiére of
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.


In this close-up you can see the detail of the cross stitch applique and the sweet ribbonwork over gold silk tulle.  Gorgeous.

Valentino's Fall 2012 Haute Couture collection included lots of beautifully embellished silk brocades...



In this close up you can see the thistle embroidery on what looks like silk charmeuse...


And here the beaded and embellished silk brocade...


In Haute Couture, the layering of fine laces, silk tulles, organzas and beading continued to figure prominently.  

This gold and ivory wedding dress from Elie Saab is to die for...


And this close up gives you some idea of what I mean by the layering of lace, tulle and beaded organza...


Valentino continued their exquisite application of this layering approach in their Fall 2012 Haute Couture collection...



A look already perfected in the Spring 2012 Haute Couture collection which I blogged about in this post: Ivory, Lace and Tarnished Silver.

And I just couldn't leave out this beautiful lace look from Marchesa Fall 2012 RTW from this post...it is absolutely too gorgeous not to share...



As are the Deco-inspired, 1920s, beaded looks from the Fall 2012 Haute Couture Collection of Gaultier...


And this look makes me want to dance...


Plus I think those beaded/metal clam shell shapes are held together with either lace insertions or crochet.  I can't tell which.

I hope you found something here today to delight and inspire.  

Myself?  I can't wait to repurpose an old bit of needlepoint. 

Speaking of that, you might want to check out the crazy quilt in-progress that Cathy Kizerian is making for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project.  She's using a vintage needlepoint piece as the quilt center and designing the blocks around it.  


It's absolutely wonderful, not to mention completely in-vogue!  You can follow the progress of her quilt on her blog here.

Back to shelling...

33 comments:

Donna said...

Wow! That's all I can say. Wow!

CREATIVE MIND said...

This is amazing post,,Love the beautiful pics..awesome!

Nana said...

This is thrilling and wonderful.

Nana

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I especially love the black jacket and wedding gown! These all have such a unique look. Thanks for sharing your find. I agree Cathy's CQJP is amazing. Love the pops of color on black.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Another inspiring fashion review. Don't you wonder how the wheels turned to feature so much needle work in the last year and in these collections? I totally love this preview more than any other you have previously shared with us.

I want the Gaultier flame dress and the needlepoint boots!!

Cathy K said...

Oh My! How did that happen? I must have been in tune with the design universe in my sleep or something, LOL! Thank you for showing my work in progress. It has been so much fun! I have another piece of vintage needlepoint that I am incorporating into a boho bag for my Etsy shop. Yes, they do seem to be popular these days! Beautiful post!! Hugs, Cat

Ольга Т. said...

Интересная подборка! Высокая мода - высокое творчество! Преклоняюсь перед искусными мастерами.

Wendy said...

Such a stunning post! All the gorgeous handwork on these dresses is such a treat! What great inspiration! The wedding gown is my favorite! Thank you for sharing.

Wanda Maria Roszak said...

Beautiful art. Fashion !!!

FlowerLady said...

Thank you for this, it was amazing and such beautiful work. My work is very lowly compared to all of this, but I am greatly inspired and for that I am thankful. We are never too old to learn or to keep on creating.


FlowerLady

Rachel said...

Well, if we only had time to work all the embellishment, we could all be absolutely in vogue ourselves!

Marian Hertzog said...

Wow! Such beautiful creations! I can't imagine wearing any of those but they are gorgeous!

elmsley rose said...

Oh Wow! Thanks for that!
I like the first wedding dress and the Karina Knightly dress the best - so delicate and subtle, both. And the "Italian gilded" pieces, um, dresses.
Yay En Vogue Embroidery!

Cindy Caraway said...

Fantastic bit of inspiration overload! Makes me want to get those needles out and get stitching - thanks for sharing these wonderful creations...

SharoninStitches said...

Stun-ning!!! Thank you for posting!!! WOWEE!

Sheila said...

*low whistle* Mmmm. Love the Marchesa dress. Gorgeous craftsmanship and design on all of them! Thank you for the highlights! Your fashion posts are always fun. :)

flower friend said...

Thanks for the inspiring post Susan,what unadulturated luxury.I especially like the dress worn by Keira Knightly.Its given me the impetus to finish my ufo needlepoint piece and maybe not use it as a cushion or seat cover.

Catherine said...

I always love to see these posts from you. So much to look at and ooh and aah over! The dress that made you want to dance - not sure about those shoes! I would love to have seen the top of that one without the jacket as well. Gonna go back and look at them all again!

melissa thomson said...

Wow oh wow!!!! I want the boots too!

Kelly aka STITCHNMOMMA said...

OMG! There are so many beautiful pieces I don't know if I could choose my favorite!!!

Thank you so much for sharing these phenomenal finds with us. In turn I will be sharing them with my blog followers and directing them here so they can see your amazing post.

Ruth O'Leary said...

Just fabulous work, but is there any way of finding out who actually did the stitching so they can get the credit they deserve? It seems a shame that the designers get all the kudos while the craftspeople who must have put in hundreds of hours of work don't get any recognition at all.

Nicki Lee said...

Insanely beautiful! As I've mentioned before - you need to write a book! The photos, the story behind them and all your beautiful stitching would make for a great read - I'll be standing in line for an autograph. Thanks for sharing such gorgeousness!

Judy S. said...

Fun post, Susan. I wonder how come most of the models look so very serious? I'd be smiling if I got to wear any one of those dresses, not that they'd even fit.
Cathy sure is ahead of the game on her CQ, isn't she? Now I am going to wait to see what you come up with in the way of repurposing!

Linda said...

The only word that doesn't escape me is "Magnificent!"

xo Linda

Suztats said...

Flabbergasted! Wonderful to catch a glimpse of the runway.....

Jeannie said...

Oh, my! Just stunning. Especially the gold trim that is NOT embroidery. Magnificent. Tomorrow I go rescue three pieces of old needlepoint that I was going to give away. I think they need to be repurposed! I've been using lots of embroidery in my little dresses and this inspires me to even more ways to use it! Thanks. http://www.365creativedresses.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

have you seen the bob mackie wedding dress? it was on the cover of lady's gallery some time ago it is in the rogers gallery at kent state kent ohio it seemed almost solid beads years ago i went to an exhibit of pagent gowns and was surprised to see real small rollers on the bottom of the heavily beaded trains they just rolled along not exactly on topic but had to share wonderful site thank you

Jo said...

Fantastic. I'd adore the boots and handbag in my Christmas stocking :-)

Gigi said...

c'est magnifique The black jacket please for me Merci

Pamela said...

Donna said it all - WOW!

Frau Seidenhase said...

WOW

I am speeachless.......

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello Susan
Anyone who loves needlepoint, tapestry, beaded lace and embroidered silks as well as crazy patchwork etc. would be so enchanted with this link like I am!
Thank you so much for sharing it with us - it is so appreciated!
I came via Magpie Mumblings and am so glad I have as now I will have to look at all the beauty on your blog.
With many thanks,
Suzy

Lovey said...

I too am at a loss for words...wow!

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