Dresses for Dubai
Late last year a friend from Tokyo asked me to whip up some dresses for a new store he was helping with in Dubai, Valleydez. Of course it happened to be the busiest time of year at the office where I work on a casual basis, so I was working something like six days a week AND trying to get the dresses ready for shipping. They were something of a challenge as apparently the ladies in Dubai are obsessed with bling. Ironically, much of the time people say that my creations are a little bit too colourful for them (Melburnians especially, seeing as they’ve grown up on a diet of black, black and more black), so it was a novel experience having to actually add MORE colour and sparkle rather than trying to restrain myself. To be honest, the whole thing was a little overwhelming as I had to create/modify something like 12 pieces in a month, and I had to make them in sizes a lot larger than I usually do which meant I couldn’t try them on myself and parade around in front of the mirror to see how they looked. Plus, I didn’t have that much kimono or obi fabric just lying around so I had to launch a massive unpicking operation before I could start… (everything for my label, Fourth Daughter, is made from vintage kimono and obi)… just remembering it is bringing on a headache as I prefer to work more organically (artistic euphemism for being a slacker). As a result, the photos I took of the pieces before frantically wrapping them up for their long voyage don’t do them justice, but here they are anyway! Thanks must go to Suki, who offered handy sewing and styling tips as I worked and helpfully acted as a paperweight by sitting on the patterns to .. um.. prevent them being blown away by the tornado-like winds that regularly whip through my lounge room. I just hope the girls in Dubai don’t mind a bit of cat fur on their party outfits! It’s an accessory that I am never without (not always by choice though)!
these are so spectacular! I am now looking for a pattern similar to the first one ;]Thank you for all your comments on my blog! I have to rush off to work, but look forward to perusing more of your blog tonight. The link to counterfeit crochet is so cool, I am definitely going to look through the patterns and attempt one, thank you for showing me!I hope you have a wonderful Monday!
I just came across your blog and love it. You do beautiful work.
wow i love your take on deconstructed clothing. Sally1 dress is so me! Does ur label still exist? stockists?
Thanks for all your lovely comments! Out of Order: did you mean a sewing pattern or do you mean the actual material? The pattern is not really difficult, but as the material is vintage from a kimono, that could be harder to find…Green Chick: how bizarre, as Tidha bought a dress from me in the same material as Sally… you must have similar taste!! My label still exists… it's in my linen cupboard right now so let me know if you want anything!
so our mutual friend is Tids! swap u a brown leather skirt for a peek in ur linen cupboard?!
hmm depends on the size… I'm not really after a brown leather skirt right now, but you are welcome to check out the cupboard! have a look at my album of stuff still available on Facebook.. you can find me through Tid's page if you like!
yikes, the fabric in the fourth top down is exquisite – just my cup of tea. Amazing creations, really look forward to seeing more!
Ta.. if you can believe this, it was LINING fabric. No one but the wearer would have ever seen it. Insane!