dresses

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

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

 

 

 

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