Looking back on Summer

It was such a busy summer I haven’t really had time to post, so I am just now transitioning into Fall and wrapping up some projects from the months before.

June was wedding month and I made the wedding dress for my beloved niece (and model!)

The wedding was in Cooperstown New York with a beautiful lake as backdrop on a gorgeous late Spring afternoon. Of course everyone danced and celebrated well into the night.

We worked on the dress for a whole year which was a fabulous luxury.

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 detail of French Lace (sequined beadwork) on wedding dress

detail of French Lace (sequined beadwork) on wedding dress

Trunk show in May

My trunk show, given by 2 of my dear clients and friends was a big success and a lot of fun.

 2 of my new cardigans in ponté knit with appliqués modeled by the 2 hosts

2 of my new cardigans in ponté knit with appliqués modeled by the 2 hosts

 Yves Klein blue silk and wool suit

Yves Klein blue silk and wool suit

 African Dutch wax-print dress with kimono sleeve

African Dutch wax-print dress with kimono sleeve

New Dance Costumes!!

I was invited to design new costumes for an older Trisha Brown work called “Working Title”. With very little time I used as my starting point fabrics I had already in the studio. After receiving a green light from the 2 artistic directors of the company I felt free to compose the costumes by instinct using as reference everything I learned from working with Trisha and her style of movement and playful spirit.

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 At rehearsal

At rehearsal

An Antique Dress

I was asked to work on a dress and revive it as much as possible for inclusion in the beautiful upcoming catalog of Cora Ginsburg

 Cora Ginsburg where I worked restoring a dress from the 1800’s

Cora Ginsburg where I worked restoring a dress from the 1800’s

The dress I was asked to restore was a “Fancy dress” most likely worn for a Ball at a private house in England in the 1820’s

 I replaced underskirt with tea-dyed silk tafetta, repaired torn net overskirt with silk crepeline and added original silk band to underskirt

I replaced underskirt with tea-dyed silk tafetta, repaired torn net overskirt with silk crepeline and added original silk band to underskirt

 Detail of bow on 1820’s dress

Detail of bow on 1820’s dress

In Memoriam

My beloved Father passed away just 10 days after we celebrated his 97 birthday in August. He was able to attend the wedding of his granddaughter and reunite with his 93 year old brother who he hadn’t seen in 20 years. He was my biggest inspiration and fan. A man of boundless heart and imagination. His brother, my uncle passed away just 2 weeks later. we Miss them.



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End of Summer Sale on all remaining Dutch Wax Prints

I have a few dresses and other items left over from a very busy summer.  If you have had your eye on something, now is the time!  Please contact me with any questions you may have. These are all one-of-a kind hand-made items.

 Bamboo Wax Print   -  sz 10  -  waist 32"  bust 38"     was $425    -    now   $275.    100%  Cotton   -   machine washable  -  SOLD

Bamboo Wax Print   -  sz 10  -  waist 32"  bust 38"     was $425    -    now   $275.  

100%  Cotton   -   machine washable  -  SOLD

 Qipau Dress  -  size 8   -  waist 28"   Bust  36"  Hip 38"   was $475.  now  $300  100% cotton  -  machine washable

Qipau Dress  -  size 8   -  waist 28"   Bust  36"  Hip 38"   was $475.  now  $300

100% cotton  -  machine washable

 Butterfly Wrap Dress -  sz 8 - 10  -  waist up to 34"  -  Bust 37"  was $475  -  now  $375.  100%  Cotton  -  Machine Washable   -   SOLD

Butterfly Wrap Dress -  sz 8 - 10  -  waist up to 34"  -  Bust 37"  was $475  -  now  $375.

100%  Cotton  -  Machine Washable   -   SOLD

 Blue / white Tunic  -  sz 6  -  Bust 34  waist  28  -  was $285.   now $175.  100% Cotton  -  Machine Washable

Blue / white Tunic  -  sz 6  -  Bust 34  waist  28  -  was $285.   now $175.

100% Cotton  -  Machine Washable

 Long Yellow/Green Bow Dress  -  sz 6  -  35" Bust  28" waist   -  was  $675.    now $475.  100%  Cotton 

Long Yellow/Green Bow Dress  -  sz 6  -  35" Bust  28" waist   -  was  $675.    now $475.

100%  Cotton 

 VIP Dress -   sz 10 waist 34'  bust 38"   -  was $475  now  $300.  100% Cotton   machine washable 

VIP Dress -   sz 10 waist 34'  bust 38"   -  was $475  now  $300.

100% Cotton   machine washable 

 Kimono Sleeve Dress  -  sz  6-8  waist 30"  bust 34"  - was  $575  now  $375  polyester   machine washable

Kimono Sleeve Dress  -  sz  6-8  waist 30"  bust 34"  - was  $575  now  $375

polyester   machine washable

 Spinner Wrap Dress  -  sz 10 - waist adjustable up to 33"  Bust 38"  was $475.  now $325.  100% Cotton   machine washable  -   SOLD

Spinner Wrap Dress  -  sz 10 - waist adjustable up to 33"  Bust 38"  was $475.  now $325.

100% Cotton   machine washable  -   SOLD

Trunk Show May 23!

2 of my dear clients are holding a trunk show for me at a private home.  I will have new samples that can be ordered in various sizes and also one-of-a kind pieces for sale.  Please contact me for details if you are interested in attending.  The hours are 4-7 pm or by appt at my studio beginning on May 24.

 Italian Upholstery Linen "Ganesh" skirt - SOLD

Italian Upholstery Linen "Ganesh" skirt - SOLD

 Navy silk chiffon blouse and Nave lace skirt

Navy silk chiffon blouse and Nave lace skirt

 Lin/Noir

Lin/Noir

Other Laces for skirt         

 Marine/ prune

Marine/ prune

 Indian block print cotton wrap dress - SOLD-

Indian block print cotton wrap dress -SOLD-

 "Paperbag Dress" in cotton with selvage edge trim- SOLD

"Paperbag Dress" in cotton with selvage edge trim- SOLD

 Wax-print Cotton Raj jacket and linen wrap skirt- SOLD

Wax-print Cotton Raj jacket and linen wrap skirt-SOLD

 Ponté knit bird cardi over wax-print wrap dress -  sold - can be custom ordered

Ponté knit bird cardi over wax-print wrap dress - sold - can be custom ordered

 rayon knit drape neckline top and cotton print wrap skirt-  1 skirt  SOLD- 3 available  top sold - can be custom ordered

rayon knit drape neckline top and cotton print wrap skirt- 1 skirt SOLD- 3 available

top sold - can be custom ordered

 checking out prints!

checking out prints!

I hope you can come!

Stitching Spring

Winter doesn't want to leave, but Spring won't be deterred. . .the first buds are sprouting and the birds and small animals are celebrating the advent of warmer weather to come.  i always love color and it is never lacking in my studio.

 threads and roses

threads and roses

 Barbara Haskell, my wonderful client, was recently profiled on NY1  speaking about her Grant Wood painting survey currently on view at the Whitney museum  she is wearing a custom red wool pants suit and black silk camisole with lace appliqué

Barbara Haskell, my wonderful client, was recently profiled on NY1  speaking about her Grant Wood painting survey currently on view at the Whitney museum

she is wearing a custom red wool pants suit and black silk camisole with lace appliqué

 Barbara wore a dress of mine to the opening of her Grant wood show  it is silk Gazar with lace capelet sleeves

Barbara wore a dress of mine to the opening of her Grant wood show

it is silk Gazar with lace capelet sleeves

 My husband, Artist Taro Suzuki, in front of Grant Wood's most famous painting -  American Gothic

My husband, Artist Taro Suzuki, in front of Grant Wood's most famous painting - American Gothic

 one of Grant Woods's oddly narrative paintings at the Whitney

one of Grant Woods's oddly narrative paintings at the Whitney

 Barbara Haskell profiled in the   NYTimes

Barbara Haskell profiled in the NYTimes

 red and blue Dutch Wax  dress in progress

red and blue Dutch Wax  dress in progress

 blue and fushia Dutch wax  Qipau  dress 

blue and fushia Dutch wax Qipau dress 

 A client brought me some beautiful Irish Tweed that she bought in Ireland in the 60's - there was just enough to make this coat with only tiny scraps left over

A client brought me some beautiful Irish Tweed that she bought in Ireland in the 60's - there was just enough to make this coat with only tiny scraps left over

 client wearing finished coat

client wearing finished coat

For my sister's 60 birthday her husband arranged a surprise dance party and I made her a surprise dress

 red, yellow and green wax-print dress 

red, yellow and green wax-print dress 

 it fits!!

it fits!!

 Indian block-print cotton Voile

Indian block-print cotton Voile

Happy Spring Everyone!

Collage Dresses

I am treating some of my simple shift dresses as a canvas on which to appliquè other fabrics in the form of pockets or bands, some with function and some purely for fun.

 Coral silk Dupioni with silk velvet band and other fabrics

Coral silk Dupioni with silk velvet band and other fabrics

 Celedon silk and wool shift dress with  pockets

Celedon silk and wool shift dress with  pockets

 with the addition of velvet ribbons and crystal buttons these slippers become jewelry for the feet

with the addition of velvet ribbons and crystal buttons these slippers become jewelry for the feet

Celestial Suiting

Since the solstice and a very busy November and December I have been ensconced in my atelier meditating and working on new designs. It is always so informative to interact with the array of women who come to my sales and see their reactions to the samples and what they end up going home with. Their needs and desires ultimately influence what I come up with in the coming months. I am happily surprised to see that many of my patterns work on different sizes and shapes of bodies.  This is an ever-evolving pursuit-  to come up with figure flattering and flexible shapes.  I have replenished my stock of Wax-print fabrics and I find it very cheering to have a bit of color around me and to think ahead to warmer weather.  

 Tailored suit in a silk/wool blend, inspired by Dior

Tailored suit in a silk/wool blend, inspired by Dior

This "Raj" jacket is convertible into different configurations-  a simple fitted style or the pull back beribboned version shown here.

 wax-print jacket with optional silk tartan bows

wax-print jacket with optional silk tartan bows

a blue version of my "poppy" dress in wax-print cotton is an   example of  a figure-loving dress

 wax-print cotton - with selvage-edge finishing-    size 4  -  12     in various prints -  $475. - $575.   depending on customization   

wax-print cotton - with selvage-edge finishing-    size 4  -  12     in various prints -  $475. - $575.   depending on customization   

 wax-prints before washing

wax-prints before washing

This was a magical December night of the super moon (which I didn't manage to capture) but it seems to be reflected in  this taffeta moirè fabric which I made into a Qipau. . .

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 silk moirè taffeta from Paris

silk moirè taffeta from Paris

 I met this bright young student on New Year's Eve who wanted to try on my flower crown-  Happy New Year everyone!  Let's try and stay positive!

I met this bright young student on New Year's Eve who wanted to try on my flower crown-  Happy New Year everyone!  Let's try and stay positive!

Best Dressmakers and custom Tailors in NYC

The wonderful Linda Dyett originally wrote this article for the online magazine NY City Women from which I have excerpted here.

 suit and dresses by Elizabeth Cannon

suit and dresses by Elizabeth Cannon

 

Custom-Made Womenswear

New York City’s couture-dressmakers, tailors and custom-fitters are on the rebound. Here’s a guide to 10 who make the cut.

by Linda Dyett

We consumers—especially midlife and older Americans—are paring down our wardrobes and shopping less and less these days—but we’re also spending more for higher-quality wearables that express our individuality and suit us to a T. And after a decade of online point-and-click purchases, a lot of us are also eager to return to hands-on service in brick-and-mortar surroundings. 

Enter custom-made—the artisanal antidote to fast fashion. Long the province of moneyed elites, celebrities, and mothers of the bride, custom dressmaking and tailoring are today also attracting regular women, who aren’t necessarily in the market for a dress to wear to a black-tie event. These new customers are ladies with style intuition, who know the cuts, fabrics, and colors they want when they see them. And with dozens of hours of pattern-making, cutting, sewing (sometimes by hand), and intricate multiple fittings, custom-made confers an optimal fit that disguises a bulging waist, out-of-shape hips, thighs, and arms, droopy breasts, posture slump, spinal curve, and other figure flaws.  

Of course couture dressmakers and tailors come at a price. While I’ve located one who’ll work up one of her off-the-rack $100 to $400 dresses in a different size for no extra fee, most charge $240 and up for custom-made blouses and shirts; $500 and up for made-to-measure  (a widely used industry term referring to garments derived from a standard pattern); and $1,500 and up for made-to-order dresses and suits. These are hardly bargains, but they compare so favorably with higher-end, A-list designer ready-to-wear that plenty of women, once they’ve tried New York couture, won’t switch back.

Here’s a rundown of some of the city’s most celebrated as well as off-the-beaten-track dressmakers and tailors who excel in couture and made-to-measure. Just keep in mind: what they offer isn’t seasonal fashion; it’s all about personal, individual style that you can hand down to your daughter or granddaughter, who’ll cherish it as much as you do. Appointments are essential almost everywhere, and finished garments take at least a month—sometimes several—to produce. 

Elizabeth Cannon

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Ensconced in a ground floor London Terrace studio, Elizabeth Cannon is that impossible-to-find accessible couturière whom stylish, independent-minded New York women dream about. Having honed her trade making costumes for the Paris Opera Ballet, her inspirations ranging from the Commedia dell’arte to Cocteau, she’s been designing made-to-order one-offs with a lyrical urban edge  since 1980. Her clients? “Very decisive” artists, musicians, gallery owners, and entertainment executives, as well as members of the Trisha Brown Dance Company. “Nothing has ever fit me so perfectly,” says one delighted customer. “It’s as if Elizabeth were channeling Schiaparelli,” says another. 

Cannon does couture by the book, using custom-padded dressmaker forms, muslins (initial mock-ups in an inexpensive fabric), and sometimes interior boned corsets. She also offers a signature collection of off-the-rack casual day- and eveningwear ($500 and up, though prices can plummet to $100 at frequent sales) that can be altered to fit. Outstanding items: A New Look-style silk shantung dress and jacket for a mother of the bride ($3,500); a silk-cotton blouse and heavy silk floral-print skirt with reinforced corseted yoke for a mother of the groom ($2,800); an African wax-print summer dress ($750); a belted, striped men’s shirting chemise, ($575, readymade; $750, made-to-order) that riffs on the frock Francoise Gilot wore in an iconic 1948 photo strolling along a French beach with an umbrella-wielding Pablo Picasso. Elizabeth Cannon Couture, 460 West 24th St., 212.929.8552.   

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the full article appears here

 

 

 

Changing Seasons

Although it may still feel like summer, Fall is here and I am looking back and thinking forward.

Summer was an intense work period of costume reconstruction for the Trisha Brown Company.

I was privileged to work  with the artist Terry Winters in recreating his costumes for Groove and Countermove (debut Sept. 2000) for which he also created the sets.  

 checking the pant hems in the rehearsal studio

checking the pant hems in the rehearsal studio

I found some luxurious bamboo knit in luscious colors for the leotards and then went to Dynemix to have them dye the cotton/lycra twill for the pants to match the tops.  They did an amazing job and were delightful to work with on the short deadline that I gave them.

 Bamboo knit jersey

Bamboo knit jersey

 Groove pants ready for fitting

Groove pants ready for fitting

The piece was performed in August at Jacob's Pillow along with another piece for which I  did the reconstruction of my original designs  "L'Amour Au Theatre" 

These pieces will also be performed at the Joyce theatre in NYC in Dec. 2017.  To see the calendar of upcoming events and performances click here

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 Groove and Countermove photos: Christopher Duggan

Groove and Countermove photos: Christopher Duggan

 L'Amour Au Theâtre set : Trisha Brown photo;: Brooke Trisolini

L'Amour Au Theâtre set : Trisha Brown photo;: Brooke Trisolini

This past March marked the passing of our beloved Trisha Brown who I have been so honored to work with over the past 15 years and through whom I have met and worked with so many amazing dancers and collaborators.  Through Trisha I was able to create costumes at the  Paris Opera, both the old Garnier and the newer Bastille , and worked in a castle in Germany and the famed Aix-en-Provence Opera as well as creating costumes for Trisha herself in her duets with Steve Paxton and Elizabeth Streb.   

This summer a beautiful memorial was held for Trisha at the Whitney Museum.

 A still from the film  "Slow Dancing" by David Michalek  dress: Elizabeth Cannon

A still from the film "Slow Dancing" by David Michalek dress: Elizabeth Cannon

New costumes for "Geometry of Quiet" originally designed by Christophe deMenil

 fitting in dance studio of Geometry of Quiet one-piece jumpsuit

fitting in dance studio of Geometry of Quiet one-piece jumpsuit

Also this summer I created another Batmitzvah Dress, a niche I am happy to say I have been acquiring some experience.  Like wedding Dresses, it is always very touching to be involved in creating an outfit to commemorate an important life milestone.

 Bat mitzvah dress in silk and wool

Bat mitzvah dress in silk and wool

SALE ITEMS 

I have some lovely dresses in my studio from seasons past that are available at reduced prices.  As I work on new designs I invite inquiries about these couture samples.  And I welcome visits to my atelier in Chelsea.  You may contact me on the contact page to make an appointment.

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Devourè silk velvet dress - available

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Brown silk charmeuse - available

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African Poly-print dress - available

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Draped Tissue cotton dress - sold

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Faux-pearl necklaces

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Dutch wax African print with flower appliquès - sold

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Dark Brown silk velvet bias-cut dress - sold

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Red wool draped dress - available

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Flower print silk chiffon bias dress - available

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Black silk velvet with appliquè-  sold

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20's inspired silk charmeuse and organza dress with beaded lace sleeve detail - available

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Beaded back detail of 4-ply silk bias-cut dress - available

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Thank you for visiting.   Please go to my contact page if you would like to be added to my mailing list for studio sales twice a year or upcoming events.

Spring Sale!

Some new things in the studio for the Spring Sale

Mother and Daughter bat mitzvah Dresses

I had a wonderful project to work on this winter - dresses for a travel-themed bat mitzvah for a mother and daughter.  They had very developed ideas about what they wanted and had thought through every detail.  I helped them execute their ideas and guide them through the process.  We were delighted with the results and had a great time working together on this important milestone. 

 Sadie's Bat mitzvah dress

Sadie's Bat mitzvah dress

The "world" fabric was printed at Spoonflower who does both custom and stock printing on fabric and paper.

 Sadie was born in China and we used a red embroidered line to mark her  journey from her birthplace to her new home in New York city.  Tiny crystals mark all the places mother and daughter  have visited together.

Sadie was born in China and we used a red embroidered line to mark her  journey from her birthplace to her new home in New York city.  Tiny crystals mark all the places mother and daughter  have visited together.

Her Mother also wanted her own dress to represent all the places they had traveled together.  She collected travel patches from as many of these cities as she could find and gave them to me to sew on her dress.

 Navy Silk Faille with Travel patches and continents

Navy Silk Faille with Travel patches and continents

We also showed the two continents representing Sadie's birthplace and her adoptive home  cut out in wool felt and connected with a red stitched line.

The day of the bat mitzvah was one of the rare sunny days in a week of cold and rainy weather

 Batmitzvah Day

Batmitzvah Day

 Around the World in Sadie Days   

Around the World in Sadie Days

 

Otherwise happening in the studio this month 

 cotton stripe blouse 

cotton stripe blouse 

 

Swatching for clients-  choosing silk linings

Placement of print is always crucial- here it is gracefully figure-enhancing

 African Print "Cyclone" dress 

African Print "Cyclone" dress 

I love texture and design- this piece is reminiscent of decorative stonework

 Appliqué on silk charmeuse 

Appliqué on silk charmeuse 

A corner of the studio with blue and orange 

 Stripe silk pants, cotton shirt w/ embroidery, ponté knit camisole-  silk charmeuse top and skirt w/ barbed wire tie

Stripe silk pants, cotton shirt w/ embroidery, ponté knit camisole-  silk charmeuse top and skirt w/ barbed wire tie

 sketch for artist colab dress

sketch for artist colab dress

 detail - cotton tuck dress

detail - cotton tuck dress

 Book page from "Love in Venice" at the New York Public Library-  flaps lift up to show the courtesans' undergarments

Book page from "Love in Venice" at the New York Public Library-  flaps lift up to show the courtesans' undergarments

 Subway mosaic near the Museum of Natural History at 81 street

Subway mosaic near the Museum of Natural History at 81 street

Wax-Print Dresses

A selection of Wax-Print dresses currently available at my studio-  will be expanding -  please check back and feel free to contact me about prices and sizing

Studio Notes

I haven't posted for the last few months, but am excited to share some of what I've been working on.  My studio and work have been a refuge.  As always, art has been a part of my life and directly inspiring to my couture.  Clients have brought me exciting fabrics to work with and some older pieces have returned for a brief visit. Color is always an important factor.  

 Harris Tweed Wool suit returning for a nip and tuck

Harris Tweed Wool suit returning for a nip and tuck

 Custom decorator wool fabric / outfit for client

Custom decorator wool fabric / outfit for client

Rothko Paintings at Pace Gallery, Chelsea

 Amber velvet silk and Rayon dress draped and made from leftover pieces

Amber velvet silk and Rayon dress draped and made from leftover pieces

Amber velvet Dress with a lace Bolero (unfinished) modeled as a tunic by Mary Jones

 Mary Heilmann table on New Year's Eve

Mary Heilmann table on New Year's Eve

 Taro Suzuki  Tantric painting

Taro Suzuki  Tantric painting

 Red Wool Draped Dress with asymmetrical hem

Red Wool Draped Dress with asymmetrical hem

 Red Flowers Silk Gazar Skirt for client

Red Flowers Silk Gazar Skirt for client

The colors in these Ron Gorchov Paintings at Cheim and Read Gallery in Chelsea are so lucious

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 Ponté knit Jacket  with snap closure for client -  painting by Taro Suzuki

Ponté knit Jacket  with snap closure for client -  painting by Taro Suzuki

 Vilsco Wax print

Vilsco Wax print

work in progress 

 Appliqué cotton dress, draped wax-print, wool jacket, silk charmeuse skirt

Appliqué cotton dress, draped wax-print, wool jacket, silk charmeuse skirt

 detail /  cotton wax prints

detail /  cotton wax prints

 Liberty cotton blouse, Ponté knit jacket, camel wool crepe dress

Liberty cotton blouse, Ponté knit jacket, camel wool crepe dress

 watercolor after a Pompeii fresco

watercolor after a Pompeii fresco

More to come soon. . .

Artists Choose Designer- from the Archives

On Dec 12, 1986- January 4 1987 - Almost exactly 30 years ago- I did a show at the E. M. Donahue Gallery called "Artists Choose Designer" .  It was a cheeky title, because I actually chose 13 artists to design fabric for me rather than the other way around.  

 cotton fabric designed with potato prints by Mary Boochever.       photo: Warren Mantooth

cotton fabric designed with potato prints by Mary Boochever.       photo: Warren Mantooth

 show  invitation

show  invitation

Garments were displayed on plaster cast dress forms and tension suspended from top and bottom with technical help from Diane Lewis and lighting design by Taro Suzuki

 Installation shot

Installation shot

 Pouf-skirt dress made of cotton velvet and cotton painted by Dike Blair   photo-  Warren Mantooth

Pouf-skirt dress made of cotton velvet and cotton painted by Dike Blair   photo-  Warren Mantooth

 Cotton velvet coat with day-glo dots by Taro Suzuki and dress on form painted by Dike Blair-  photo- Janette Beckman from Prêt Magazine

Cotton velvet coat with day-glo dots by Taro Suzuki and dress on form painted by Dike Blair-  photo- Janette Beckman from Prêt Magazine

 Cotton 2-piece dress from silk screen print by Joseph Nechvatel

Cotton 2-piece dress from silk screen print by Joseph Nechvatel

 cotton fish dress painted by Eve Vaterlaus.                                                  photo- Warren Mantooth

cotton fish dress painted by Eve Vaterlaus.                                                  photo- Warren Mantooth

 Silk Shantung halter dress with cotton underskirt and button corset belt painted by Tommy Trosch            photo- Warren Mantooth

Silk Shantung halter dress with cotton underskirt and button corset belt painted by Tommy Trosch            photo- Warren Mantooth

 Baby blue leather coat painted in silver marker ink by Jo Shane from Cocteau drawings

Baby blue leather coat painted in silver marker ink by Jo Shane from Cocteau drawings

 Plaster custom dress form 

Plaster custom dress form 

Black Chiffon, silk and Wax-prints

Some of these dresses appeared in a previous post, in various states of completion. I am playing between the seasons, trying out different styles and moods, preparing for an upcoming sale. 

This dress really has no season, weighs about 5 ounces, and goes just about anywhere 

 Black silk chiffon /lycra with caviar beaded collar and ribbon belt.  covered snap front closure

Black silk chiffon /lycra with caviar beaded collar and ribbon belt.  covered snap front closure

Regal, playful, vibrant  -  I am sure that all the images on this fabric have meanings- there are coiled snakes, calla-lilies and birds, as well as an elaborate monogram.  I was attracted to this fabric by it's complexity and let the patterns of the fabric guide my design process.

 African Wax print cotton , halter-neck, floor length, size 4-6

African Wax print cotton , halter-neck, floor length, size 4-6

This fabric has a beautiful hand. The dress is lined in rayon bemberg.  It's a great holiday dress.

 Silver silk/wool blend.  with pockets and tie belt. Lace necklace is separate from the dress.

Silver silk/wool blend.  with pockets and tie belt. Lace necklace is separate from the dress.

A soft petal-pink very easy top and very stretchy and easy skirt-  this is a romantic look with a flattering silhouette.

    silk charmeuse top with silk flowers and chiffon band- poly plissé skirt   

 

silk charmeuse top with silk flowers and chiffon band- poly plissé skirt

 

In and around the studio

The last few weeks have been a mix of work in the studio, work on dance projects and lots of art.  Here are some randomly ordered fragments of the paths I have been on-

 camel cashmire jacket and Dutch Wax African print dress   

camel cashmire jacket and Dutch Wax African print dress

 

 cotton mini-check draped dress

cotton mini-check draped dress

 Pots and drawings by Devin Dougherty

Pots and drawings by Devin Dougherty

 Black chiffon dress with beaded collar

Black chiffon dress with beaded collar

I am very influenced by the seasons and generally try and keep pace with the season we are in , unlike designers who design a "line".  Couture work has it's own tempo.  I will, however, continue to work with the colorful African fabrics throughout the winter in advance of a summer trunk show.  

 "Key"  Print Dress

"Key"  Print Dress

 Painting by my dear late friend Ellen Cantor at Participant inc. nyc

Painting by my dear late friend Ellen Cantor at Participant inc. nyc

 Gold Embossed Flower Organza jacket for client

Gold Embossed Flower Organza jacket for client

 Mary Jones painting at John Molloy Gallery NYC

Mary Jones painting at John Molloy Gallery NYC

 in progress. . .

in progress. . .

 full length view of pinned dress in process

full length view of pinned dress in process

Ive been developing a dress directly from the fabric this time- using the motifs to suggest the lines of the dress- for example - the neck piece is a circle on the print-  I have been draping the dress and then transcribing the lines back onto a flat pattern so that I can remake it.

  trying the dress on

 trying the dress on

I am currently so inspired by transforming the pattern in a way that enhances the silhouette and leads to new discoveries.  I like that it forms the illusion of a vest or jacket with the orange pattern flowing from the top to the bottom. . .

The dress is filled with pins at this point that I am trying it on to see how it works on the body.  I usually have scratches on my arms and back from this process, but it is essential and I am my own fit model! 

 pot and drawing by Devin Dougherty 

pot and drawing by Devin Dougherty 

I went to Gowanus in Brooklyn to an open studio in a charming carriage house to view the work of one of my clients.   This blue and orange pot reminded her of a dress she got at my sample sale last summer.  We plan to do a photo shoot documenting her in the dress next to the pot and drawing.   

 sketch for a client for her daughter's bat- mitzvah including an embroidered connection between her daughter's birthplace in China and current home in the U.S. as well as travel patches from all the places they have visited together.   I will also be designing her daughter's dress with a map-printed fabric.

sketch for a client for her daughter's bat- mitzvah including an embroidered connection between her daughter's birthplace in China and current home in the U.S. as well as travel patches from all the places they have visited together.   I will also be designing her daughter's dress with a map-printed fabric.

 Sails in rehearsal

Sails in rehearsal

I am working on a project for the Trisha Brown Dance Company.   They have been re-staging some of their  works to be performed in unconventional non-stage environments.  I was engaged to redesign these sails for "Geometry of Quiet" which will be performed at the Getty Museum in March.  We are working out downsized proportions as the sails have been transformed from stationary to hand-held.  They are also making changes in the choreography to accommodate this.     

 Sails in rehearsal

Sails in rehearsal

 elastic shirred back of "bandeau" for client out of lovely Italian print

elastic shirred back of "bandeau" for client out of lovely Italian print

 summer flowers are still hanging on. . . .in the traffic meridian on my way to the studio. . . .

summer flowers are still hanging on. . . .in the traffic meridian on my way to the studio. . . .