Until the storms and difficulties beat upon [a person] again and again, his character appears flawed and blurred. yet the trials actually clear away the clouds and shadows, perfect the form of his character, and bestow brightness and blessing to his life.
-L. B. Cowman
There was a rainbow yesterday viewed from the top of Capitol Hill. It is when the sun shines through the clouds that color imprints the sky & appreciation is found in the light.
As the cold season covers the northwest, bring out the bright colors and let flowers bloom out of the dark corners of your closet.
Downtown Seattle Gene Juarez Photo Shoot with Crystal Jenkins
This was an intimidating challenge. With Crystal's creative abilities, I wasn't concerned with the concept, but how was I going to attempt a wardrobe construction based off of the ingenious creations of a fashion icon? I took notes from McQueen's 2011 collection, collaborated with Crystal, thrifted for treasures (within hidden antique stores & second-hand stores), designed and constructed five pieces, borrowed $600 shoes, and had fun in front of the camera.
Here is the inspiration:
Crystal's beautiful ideas:
One of my designs (using fur Crystal and I sourced from an antique store)
Louise Brooks for the downtown Seattle Gene Juarez Salon
In my last Fashionably Formed post, I mentioned mermaids being a muse for my art. So too is the bold woman of the 1920's. (Please see a former post that was written while studying in London). Who knew I would be given the chance to become this character? It's intriguing to see life's threads connect, intertwine, and create a unique tapestry. This blog is written with an aim to live with eyes wide open--to see more threads***.
***(C.Mor.Threads--a name under which I will title my vintage apparel collection & garment designs)***
Photography: Miguel Gaon
Hair: Corrinna Kesler
Styling: Carlynne Morrison
Top: C.Mor.Threads design made from 1920's French Tulle & 1940's lace applique
Skirt: 1950's Art Deco inspired, high-waisted skirt
Necklace: Sarai Long Pearl Necklace
Outfit 2: Slip: Great-grandmother's undergarment from the 1920's Tu-Tu: C.Mor.Threads 1980's tulle taken from wedding dress Belt: C.Mor.Threads 1920's beaded accessory with attached taffeta bow
Top: C.Mor.Threads design made from 1920's French Tulle & 1940's lace applique Skirt: C.Mor.Threads drip-dyed skirt constructed from 1940's gown & combined with 1920's French Tulle inlay Headdress: C.Mor.Threads crown made from 1970's plastic flowers & leaves
Mermaids are the epitome of imagination. freedom. beauty.
As a child I had a treasure box filled with knick-knacks—one of my most treasured possessions being a picture of a mermaid my grandmother tore from a magazine. She told me that it was real, and I believed her. I still have a huge draw to these mythical creatures. The idea of them intrigues me...
It inspired me then...It inspires me now (Fashionably Formed "Muse").