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Just in time for Halloween, here is another part of my upcoming collection, a 1940s/50s style wiggle dress with a hand beaded spider web. This dress will make your curves look AMAZING.  The dress can be made out of crepe (as shown), more formal satin or more casual cotton with a little stretch. Dress will be completely made to the customer’s measurements, length of sleeve and hem is also customizable as is color. Photos by my husband, Maxwell Demille. Amazing shoes by Remix Los Angeles.

Starstruck

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So, this my second star dress in the upcoming collection. This one is made of black crepe and has details inspired by the 1940s. It has over 20 hand sewn beaded and sequin stars on the peplum creating almost a 3D “milky way” effect. There are two shooting stars and a spray of stars at the shoulder. This dress is will available in black crepe and black satin, it is made to measure and sleeve length, hem length and neckline are also customizable.

The Updated “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” Dress

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So this dress took me a little while to figure out. I initially designed it with a solid cape down the back. This design had a big flaw in that there was no direct access to the zipper, so it made putting on and taking off the garment a royal pain-the-neck. The reason I initially designed it was because I only went by a picture of Marylin’s costume from the front. It was only on later inspection that I saw that the “cape” she wore was actually split in two.

In the movie, the cape and the dress are actually two separate pieces. but my dress combines the two.

What Is Inspiring Me Right Now And A Sneak Peak At Things To Come For My Fashion Line

I am getting closer and closer to launching making one of my dreams come true, which is launching my own fashion line. Designing clothing is something completely new to me but something I have always wanted to do. In the beginning, I doubted whether people would ever buy my items or even like them. It turns out to my surprise, people have been very receptive and have even tracked me down to order things even before I have officially launched.

I started this line by creating things that I would like to own myself. I choose to do made to measure clothing primarily as opposed to ready to wear as most shops do because it caters to women of all sizes as opposed to just catering to women of a certain size range. I think clothing for women in generally is hard to find, but especially for women who don’t fit the mold of the average woman the bulk of designers are creating their clothing for. If you are not of average height and a size 0-12, finding clothing can be a hassle. As a woman who is 5’4, I always have to take up hems, with made to measure, I no longer have to do this.

Here is a look at some things that are inspiring me right now, you can see items inspired by the ones below in the near future.

Here they are:

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This dress by Cristobal Balenciaga from 1951

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Schiaparelli’s bow sweater from 1927.

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This dress also by Schiaparelli.

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Bishop sleeves blouses ( I have one in the works!)

The Two Tone 1940’s Style Dress

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Another photo of the the-two tone 1940s style coral and black dress I designed for my fashion line. This dress is crepe and can be made to measure in any color combination. I designed it with 1940s style princess seams so it is both chic, flattering and comfortable. Comfort is a huge factor me since I have fibromyalgia. I think if someone can be comfortable in their clothing, they automatically look better in it.

Lemon A Go Go

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Just finished the draft of a major 1920s themed writing project, can’t say a lot now, but will probably have much to say in the very near future. Now that I am done, I am devoting more time to my blog, getting my website launched and taking pictures of what I am NOT selling and more for the sake of fashion blogging.

When I started my blog I wanted it to be a mixture of modern high fashion and classic vintage clothes, have not done much in the way of modern high fashion lately, so here it is! (this outfit was a big hit with my husband who took the photos!)  the Sweater and dress by Dolce and Gabbana, shoes by Remix, glasses are vintage Raybans. I am totally color coordinated with the background!

I really do like all eras of fashion. Today I read an article on people who devote their entire lives to living in vintage clothing. I am not one of these people. There was a time in my early 20s when I did it, my chosen era was the 1920s and 30s. Now that I am older, most of the items that I have collected stay stored away for special events. As a person, I simply can not be a “vintage” person or a ” modern” person. I really do love all that fashion has to offer. Like any other art form, like literature, art, film, etc, there is something wonderful from every era. I happen to LOVE some modern designer houses, such as Dolce and Gabbana, Alexander Mcqueen, Valentino, etc, they are geniuses at what they do and are far more creative designers than most people including me.

There are also designers from yesteryear I love. Dior, Schiaparelli, Lanvin, Vionnet, etc. I love them all.

To put it simply,  I am a fashion chameleon. I can wear a dress from the 1920s, the 1960s or today. I can wear a ball gown just as easily as I can wear a sundress. The point is, fashion has so much to love, and I love it all.

Six Vintage Designs That Are Inspiring Me Right Now

As a fledgling designer, I like to stress the fact that my clothing line is vintage inspired clothing for modern women. There are so many lines already that replicate the designs of yesteryear, but I am not one of those designers. My clothing is modern, but with a very big nod to the past. I am a very visual person, and because of this, Pintrest is my best friend. I could spend hours combing through picture after picture of beautiful designs both modern and vintage to come up with the perfect blend of the two for my own personal designs. As a designer, I design what I like, what I want to wear and if other people like it, they might wear it too.

As I comb through my Pintrest feed, there are certain things that repeatedly stand out for me. Here areSix  pieces of vintage ( and vintage-inspired) fashion that are currently inspiring me right now. As a designer, I tend to like things that are bold, classic while being highly unique and slightly offbeat.

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I am currently having a love affair with hooded garments from the 1930s and 1940s and the color yellow. I am combining the two into a 1940s evening gown  This particular garment above was worn by Mae West and dates from 1945. It also includes color blocking which is another element I absolutely love.

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I am also really loving stars right now, and I am incorporating many of them into my dresses including the yellow hooded gown mentioned above.

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Bishop sleeve blouses and bishop sleeves in general, I currently have a couple of bishop sleeve items in the works.

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Leopard print mixed with my one of my favorite colors: Yellow.

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Sequin birds. Birds in general, especially swallows. This is a vintage inspired design by Miu Miu, one of the most beautiful dresses I think they have ever made.

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Music notes, I love the design of this particular dress, who ever bought this 1950s dress is a lucky gal.

Queen Of The Night

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I love when outfits all come together and for this particular outfit, it definitely did. I am wearing my “Moonglow” dress which I introduced in a previous post,but this time, I am wearing it with a vintage style gold lurex turban with a large crescent moon, one which I developed especially for my line with this dress in mind. I matched these two items with a pair of pale gold shoes from Remix and a 1940s golden yellow bag with moons and stars.

My inspiration:

When I was a teenager and in my early 20s, I was very seriously considering becoming an opera singer, I had the talent but not the ambition to match it. I had a stronger desire to do something else completely. I wanted to be a writer a passion and dream that has followed me until this day.

During my teens and early 20s, I was in two operas. One of them being Mozart’s The Magic Flute which is the opera with one of the female villains in operatic history, the vengeful Queen Of The Night. I fell in love with this character and her flamboyant aria became the one I sang each time I had a chance.

So I this was partly what I was thinking back to when I began to design my series of celestial pieces for my clothing line. The celestial theme has been theme has been particularly popular over the last few years with designers like Valentino, Alexander Mcqueen, and Pucci coming out with collections featuring items with this theme., but its first use was much earlier. One of my favorite designers, Elsa Schiaparelli came out with a celestial collection in 1937 which included her iconic zodiacal evening jacket

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My desire to create several pieces with this theme was mostly because of the wonderful reaction to my first celestial piece, the navy dress I am wearing in this blog. The reaction I got on this piece has inspired me to create other celestial pieces, including one dress I am in the process of creating right now. Stay tuned for this upcoming piece and others!

 

Moonglow

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Presenting one of my favorite dresses so far, which I have entitled ” Moonglow.” It is a style that is inspired by one of my favorite times in fashion history, the late 1930s and early 40s.  It is made out of navy blue crepe with stars and a moon in beading and sequins. The dress has short sleeves that have a slight pouf. It has a flattering empire waist, a jewel neckline, and a center back zipper. The dress also has two cute little pockets at the front, adorned with stars. This dress will be available in all sizes as it is made to measure.