Sunday, March 14, 2010

Paper Fashion Show Reminder

Just a reminder that this Thursday, the 18th is ADCD's Paper Fashion Show at the Mile High Station. There are about 50 designs that will walk the runway, all made at least 90% from paper, so it is definitely worth a look.

I spent an entire day just constructing the dress for my design. I had a very difficult time draping paper into a semi form-fitting outfit since paper has no give whatsoever. It took me about three hours to create the puff skirt, which is not as puffy as I wanted it to be, but I think the rosettes will make it bigger. It then took me a few hours to contruct the bodice, which is basically a strapless bodice with darts (and I managed to not get torpedo boobs with the darts!) I then had to glue and sew the bodice pieces together, and then sew that to the skirt, which was extremely difficult since the paper was on a curve and had no give. The next step was to sew a metal zipper in the back for easy access. I was very adament that I did not want to glue my model into my dress, so I think a zipper was a good choice since I know it will hold up.

My last step is to finish constructing my roses and glue them all onto my skirt. I expect this to take the next few days since the skirt is a normal sized skirt and it will take several hundred roses. Once the dress is all finished I have the headpiece to construct and then it is show time! Hope to see you there!

I will post pictures once the dress is completely finished.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March and April

For some reason March and April are huge fashion months in Denver. I am always busy busy busy during that time trying to whip out new pieces and style existing pieces to fit the show's theme.

March 7th- Denver Film Society and MCA Oscar Party
This event is going to be quite fancy and feature some of Denver's best designers. We will all be putting an oscar-worthy dress up for auction that night. I am making a brand new dress that is inspired by Carey Mulligan, one of my favorite muses right now. She wears clothing that is sophisticated, but a little edgy.
Info can be found at
Tickets are still available!

They made a video of us to promote the event. I think its hilarious to watch myself on video.

March 18th- ADCD Paper Fashion Show
This event has been going on in Denver for the past few years and has featured everyone from local designers, to artists, to business people looking for a creative outlet. I have wanted to participate in this event in the past, but always missed the deadline, so I'm thrilled to participate this year. My piece is going to be a couture-inspired dress covered in hundreds of roses (my hands hate me). The event takes place at Mile High Station and there are a TON of designers this year.

See this video to see what outfits have appeared in the past:

April 3rd- Fashion Show at Cluster Studio
I am still getting details on this show, but Cluster Studio is such a great location for a fashion show. The show has a cupcake theme, so expect frills and bright colors.

April 11th- CREATE Denver Week Event at Mod Livin'
Denver has a week to recognize and showcase local artists and other creative types. Tran Wills is working with Mod Livin' to put on an event on April 11th. The event is going to have a Mad Men theme, so we are doing a Mad Men fashion show! I will be providing the clothing and Rebelle Salon will be doing the hair. The fashion show will be very different than any other one I have done before, especially because although I have some vintage-inspired pieces, I have no costume-looking pieces. We are also planning on doing a more theatrical style show. I think this event is going to be super fun.

April 18th- WeeCycle Fashion Show
WeeCycle is a local charity that provides gently used baby items to families in need. They do an annual Mother/Baby fashion show that features local designers and boutiques. I am one of the featured designers for this event and can't wait to see what adorable baby clothes get paired up with my women's dresses.

Let the sewing begin!