Posts Tagged ‘Fashion Design’

I know i’m a bit late for the news. But it is now time to talk about the dress i create for Kate Gilbert’s first ”Twist collective” issue.

Like it is said in the magazine http://www.twistcollective.com/ I met Kate while she was teaching knitting and i was (still do) teaching sewing at Effiloche. I was in love with her designs and especially her ”Clapotis”. In fact, i knit 3 of them no less !!! She was curious about my work too and said she like it. So one saturday morning, she ask me if i will like to do a design ”correspondance” with her. Of course ! How can i resist to the idea of having one of Kate’s design created just for me ? We had a first meeting at her place and then start to discuss our relative tastes and mood. She explain me as a young mother what she was feeling to wear. A lot of colours, something sexy, pulled together, graphic… So than i noticed her love of Marimeko and automatically, tough of mixing it with a bit of Mary Quant and mod style of the 60’s. But somehow i was not satisfied with the direction i was taking and she didn’t seam too inspired by what she was seeing either so…


I had just received my new japanese pattern books (pattern magic) and saw that dress with seaming allover that was ending in a bunch of knots at the neckline.The seaming was like ribbons, and ribbons recalls threads. Why not a dress totally construct (like for knitwear) of ribbons ? But the ones available were not really interesting and the one i wished to used were a bit to expensinve for my ”starving artsit” budget. I was busy with knitted a cable scarf too at that moment (still are since it’s not finish) 1+1=a new idea ! What about a dress with seaming that form braided cables that will snake around the neckline ? 

I wanted to make it all black. But when i went shopping for fabrics with Kate on St-Hubert street, she show me grey flannel. A suprise when you know her love of colours ! The punch will be put in the lining then. So that’s why the dress in the magazine is in a awsome charcoal wool and cashmere flannel with a silk charmeuse in ”kate’s red” (named it that way since i personally made the mix for her). I think the effect is classy but graphic ? A bit like Kate designs no ?


But now, after all the corrections i had to make on the pattern, i’m busy on the sample for Effiloche since the pattern will be available for the intrepid seamstress who want that dress for themself soon !? I decided to treat myself on the fabric side. I choose a deep pine green wool crepe (just adore that fabric !) and i lined it with a pale blue viscose voile. The linining was a pain to cut since it is on the biais but it worth every painfull minute of it ! The result so far is so fresh ! What can i had ? Pictures are speaking for themself no ? If ever you are interested in the dress, feel free to contact me at daniel@effiloche.com


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Once upon a time, there was a young and idealistic canadian designer (not sure i can still use the word young anymore ?) that by a twisted play of circumstances, end up becoming a ”Fashion missionary” in Laos. What he tough would be an amazing chance to discover a new country and culture and the endlest creative possibilities is wild imagination was seing in lao traditionnal costume (in other words, a dream come true) All that turn into a nightmare when ne realised the he was in fact enslaved by the ”Evil witch of the peninsula of Luang Prabang” Locked in the atelier 6 1/2 days on 7 without the opportunity to enjoy the sun. Locked in with seamstress that spoke english like he spoke lao… Even the ”nuits d’ivresses” spended with the few friends he manage to met throug the particular comunity (to not use another term) of expatriated peoples living there and… Could not cheer him up and make him forget that he was designing garments for retard hippies. He felt lonely ! Then he met a prince (literally !!!) It was love at first sight ! He tought he had found a partner, a friend and a lover wrap into one. They where artistically really connected and really understood each other on the subject of creation (it was the only one in fact). They decided to create a collection together and builted castel in spain. The young fellow designed pieces inspired by true love (sarcasm) and the prince did gold thread embrodery on them.It should have been a match in heaven… But they’re now still perfect for each other in the world appart together. The collection is now roaming free too in the company of the ”Prince of Theifs”. 


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