Thursday, November 15, 2012

Inspirations for The ModDame 2012 Collection

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"Inspirations for The ModDame 2012 Collection and The Making of the first outfit"
It was all so sudden, that i decided to do this year's show. I participated last year but really had no time this year. My collection last year:
So, i needed an idea fast and thought all day and night about it, at the same time stressing about my Halloween costumes since in needed 3. One in LA on the 31st and 2 for Vegas. Last year i already had the concept of making a White Warrior Elf costume, to satisfy my dreams of actually meeting some sexy Elven from Lord of the Rings..LOL. And since the beginning of this year, i've been having a fetish for military men. My luck of course was great in meeting quite a few of these gorgeous men in uniform. So, while looking for costumes i relied on these two thoughts: a Elven and a military uniform. Here i was for Halloween this year:

I honestly had a weird dream of war, elves and men back in civil war times, and as i awoke, i started to stare at my old vintage suit case and had the thought: where have the years gone? From battling in the fields, coming back to live a civil life, and having to work in the city. That became my theme: "Where the Years Have Gone" --> the years from Elven days, to war, and to city life. The only way to make it is to keep moving forward. And yes, I decided to make a collection of Elven. Sketching out the concept:
 A couple of days before the shoot (i know i procrastinate a lot) but i had to make my Halloween costume too, as you saw in the previous blog. I decided the use of shag instead of fur, so it can be worn everywhere, even where snow doesn't fall. Military, double breasted designs along with tail coats and anything from that era, sexy, edgy, and vintage concepts will all be in the collection.

 I design a lot by deconstruction. I really didn't need this shirt, but i loved the knitted fabrication which you cannot buy at the fabric store. Most quality knits are machine knitted and as a small fashion designer like me, it's impossible to afford. So i picked this one at the thrift store.

The fabrications were shag fabrics, jacquard fabrics for structure and relation to the time era I'm aiming for, as well as chiffon, and other knits. I feel in love with these buttons which became the color theme for the collection. This year i went with soft mute hues of pinks, mints, tan, ivory, and the usually greys and browns and burgundy. My collection will always consist of vintage and edge. 

 I know, 4 hours past and i'm still working on the back of the shirt. Using chiffon on the top gives a sexy look to heavy sweaters, plus its a trend fabric these days. I designed an inverted pleat at center back, along with two tails to create a tail coat concept). Sewing with chiffon is a pain!

The final piece, though it changed from my sketch. I ended up cutting too much off the sweater so it was a little smaller than i'd have hoped. 

Thanks to Mainza my MUA and model Brandie, they drove from Fresno that day to shoot the collection. 

The Shoot
The image i had of this collection was that of the working world, coming from war in the early years and living a city life, as you will see in the full collection. In order to capture a gloomy mixture and a city, some what enchanted place, i thought of  the LACMA. LACMA stands for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. If you're in LA and love art, hit up their site to find out what's being featured:
Anywas, in front of the LACMA, there's these unique light pole structures that create a "heavenly" and "enchanted" atmosphere. I always feel like i'm in another time when im here, so i decided to shoot the teaser piece at this location. The concept was to have her look like she's traveling through time. A warrior through war, and now adapting to city life. The collection "Where The Years Have Gone" is kind of a metaphor as to how quickly the years pass. We don't ever notice because we're always so busy. Before you know it, the years have gone and all you can do is look back and reminisce.Here are my amateur shots of the teaser piece.

 Big Thank You to:
Model: Brandie Vang 
MUA: Mainza Lor
And the professional Photographer: Aleksey Volchek
See Aleksey's shots that were submitted for the actual teaser piece to the Revived Fashion Show

Don't forget the REVIVED Fashion Show is December 30th 2012 in Fresno California.

Check out the website:!home/mainPage and see all the designer's teaser pieces as well as who's showing at this year's show.

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