Special Occasion dresses

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!

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.

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