Hats, Headbands and Personal Adornment

Feeling bold?  Adorn yourself in striking accessories. Hats - The Red Rose Button Hat When designing the red rose button hat, I started by layering fabrics over a form to view the different effects. Placing one piece on top of the other then adding highlights. Making handmade roses using silk and grosgrain mixing the two famously known colours red and pink. These combinations have a distinct appeal one that is interestingly striking. Where does this colour inspirations come from? Personally, two designers who always inspire. Lacroix and Viktor & Rolf Colour Inspiration Namely, the inspiration comes from Lacroix and Viktor&Rolf. Colours such as red and pink evoke images of Flowers, Love and Lacroix. Visualising these colour combinations bare regards to the master couturier Christian Lacroix. When the privilege arises to create in these colours, I always say to myself "Sooo Lacroix!" Similarly, the other inspiration is a permanent memento - ‘ a postcard.’ Mesmerised by the image I purchased at the National Gallery Victoria (NGV) for an exhibition Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 2016. Shown here, the postcard displays a mix of inspirational colours designed in ribbons. Featured design by Viktor&Rolf from spring-summer 2005 ready-to wear collection Flowerbomb, Doll Look 46. Photo by Team Peter Stigher. Personal adornment in red and pink What is the essential need to adorn ourselves with such bold colours in headbands, hats and accessories? And consequently, I found this description of 'Self Adornment’ on www.uia.org. Self adornment "Dress is the [...]

What is a Slow Fashion Pace?

The Little Black Dress? The Colour Black? The black dress a power house staple to elegant dressing, one may find many of these dresses in their closet. Why so many Little Black Dresses? What is a Slow Fashion pace? During the long Melbourne lockdown, my curiosity sparked as I wanted to reconnect with my love of fashion history. I read about a free course, Coursera presented by The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA): ‘Fashion as Design' led by Department of Architecture and Design Senior Curator Paola Antonelli. An online seven week course exploring over 70 items of garments and accessories questioning the meaning of what, how, and why we wear these items. Learning from designers, historians and makers about these items made me feel reconnected to the fashion community. Curator Dr. Valerie Steele: The Little Black Dress Presentation Finally, thrilled to watch a video by Curator, Dr. Valerie Steele, Abecedarian Presentation on The Little Black Dress. Being an avid lover of dresses and the colour black, Dr. Steele dispels some myths and presents the history of the black dress and the associations of the colour black in a 11 minute video. Dr. Steele states: "...Chanel claimed to have invented the little black dress but that's not true she did help popularised it……" In addition, the curator goes on to give examples of western associations of the color black and the history of the dress: "... In the middle ages black was not only seen as colour for the elite mourning but also as a [...]


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