In case you missed the last post, we (yes, like the collective internet, YOU and I) are designing a formal gown, through the process I have deemed "Collaborative Couture."
This is a design for the lovely, Heather Lukac, to wear to the Mount Nittany Medical Center Charity Ball, I have free license to create whatever I fancy. Since we are creating the gown together, I will put choices up for a vote on the Restitch Studio Facebook Page and Instagram account (@RestitchStudio). Some basic decisions have been made, it will be floor length, A-line, and formal and that's where I am. So what else? I need some inspiration!
Inspiration can be hard when the design it too limited, but i think it is much harder to grab an idea and make it real when it is sooo open that ANYTHING is possible. When I create original designs it is usually because something specific inspired me. I know when I say that people think of artsy things like sunsets and skylines, but for me, it is more likely something tactile-- a great fabric or technique that I just have to use. Either way, open ended-ness makes it hard to nail anything down. In this case, the event to which this gown will be worn, has a theme, Garden of Life.
I like this as a jumping off point for inspiration, but I don't want the gown to look like a costume. No giant flower interpretation or Bjork Swan Dresses. To get started, I made a Pinterest board. I pinned a word association bubble and some other inspiration to start. You can check it out here. This Pinterest board will be acting as my Mood board for the time being.
Remember this will be a formal gown done in formal fabrics. I really liked the idea of a sporty/active shape because of the Garden of Life theme-- see my word association above. A sporty shape kind of fits that idea. So here is a peak into my sketchbook so you can decide which you like better. This decision is about the back, which seemed like an obvious place to start based on my inspiration. Here it is. Please remember to vote on Facebook or Instagram! @RestitchStudio
Once this and a few other style issues get ironed out, I will make a muslin mock up. It basically acts like a prototype of the gown for fitting and styling purposes. Sometimes what seems like a fantastic idea on paper is a whole other story in fabric on a living moving body. More about that next time! Go vote!
I'm Denise Meyer, apparel designer in State College, PA, saving the world one clothing problem at a time!