The Arboretum with views over the city and Black Mountain Tower
Showing Kate and Eeunhee Assemblage Project and introducing them to Karen Lee
Showing the girls my studio at ANCA and having a play with collaboration ideas
We started off the last day of the program by getting some fabric and I love this photo I got of Clea waiting for me to pay. I think it sums up our week perfectly!
We started off day 4 of the trip by looking at the shops at the Strand Arcade. I especially liked the contemporary jewellery store Courtesy of The Artist
Our Wednesday started with some collaboration time and then we headed to Black Milk. Black Milk is is a Brisbane label with a very different model for marketing and selling, with no shop front all sales are made through social media. The whole process happens at the Black Milk warehouse, from design through to printing, production and distribution happens on site in Brisbane.
We started off Tuesday by visiting the QUT CEA Incubator. The incubator helps early stage fashion start-ups accelerate their business. It was an amazing space and created a community of like minded designers and makers. We need something like this is Canberra!!
Part 2 of the Australia Korea Foundation Emerging Designer Program! The South Korean's come to Australia and Brissy put on perfect weather for us.
For our last day we went to the Australian Embassy to do a podcast about our time in Seoul and the differences between the Australian and South Korean fashion industries.
The man pictured in the center is Mr Ravi Kewalram who hosted us at his house on the first day of the program and then on the last day interviewed us on the podcast, our interview isn't up yet but you can see the most recent podcasts by clicking here.
The beautiful view of Seoul I had at the Lotte City Hotel
Day 3 began with going to Kate of Katelogy's studio and showroom in the Gangnam-gu area. Kate's jewellery is so beautiful and striking, the perfect statement pieces. I especially love the matte components she cleverly mixes with large sparkly and shiny jewels.
It was great to sit down in Kate's studio and hear about her label and her process of designing.
Day 2 started with going to Eeunhee's studio and showroom, EcommaE. It was great to sit down and hear more from her about her label.
Eeunhee and I decided on the Monday that we wanted to work together on a collaboration, can you tell I was a little excited to see her studio?!
Reflecting on one of the most intense, inspiring and exciting weeks of my life!!
We started off going to Seoul National University first thing Monday morning. We got to meet Professor Ha and the 3 Korean designers, Se Hyung of AJOBYAJO, Eeunhee of EcommaE and Kate of Katelogy. Loved seeing the presentations of the 3 labels.
Se Hyung of AJOBYAJO pictured above, check out the link here for his amazingly cool and awesome oversized garments.
Thanks everyone for the awesome response to the post I did about making my wedding dress! It is great to know that people enjoy what I do, I often feel like what is the point of making clothes (lots of people do it far better than me!) It sounds weird but I can't help it. Even when I am not enjoying it I still feel driven to make. A big thank you to those people who buy EDITION and Aussie made and thank you for coming on this strange journey with me.
Making Mum's dress for the wedding was the most difficult by far of all the pieces I did for the day!! But I think and I hope you agree my most successful!
I began by thinking about what Mum often wears, black and white, prints and fitted around the bust. I thought I would go down a few different paths and see what she liked. I began with this black cotton print which was sheer in parts like lace. This fabric suited itself to a wrap dress.
While playing with the black fabric I loved the shapes it was creating, especially as a wrap dress. But the dress was becoming a little 'witchy' (which I usually love!) but I think a little harsh for a 'mother of the bride dress'. I decide that maybe navy would be a good alternative to this and started to explore fabrics.
I found this thick cotton navy fabric. It had a beautiful weight and I thought I would start experimenting with it. As I use a lot of jersey fabrics in viscose and wool I often get people saying that the fabric clings to their thighs. With this thick cotton I thought I might be able to avoid this for Mum but I found that it didn't fall in the way I wanted. Mum felt that it left her looking a bit boxy and not what either of us had imagined for the dress.
This was a shape that I have worked with for a while since my first collection with the 'Peel back' dress. I loved working with this shape and how it fell when worn but I couldn't work out a way to finish the raw seams and not become too structured.
Even though I was experimenting for Mum's dress, the dress above ended up being a great starting point for the dress I made my sister. When I made it in viscose I could leave the seams raw and therefore keep the dress looking slinky and beautiful.
Below is Mum in the viscose navy version of the dress. I think she looks really elegant but again it is quite clingy and I wanted Mum to feel super comfortable all day and night. She liked the longer length of the dress and thought maybe sleeves would be a good option.
I then started looking at a viscose dress with a small sleeve but I think would still be quite clingy.
A little while later I went up to Sydney and found this great print. I would have ideally loved for the fabric to be 100% silk but this poly blend was beautiful and would also mean a little easier for me to sew! I loved that this print was feminine but cool and black and white was perfect for a 'mother of the bride' dress.
The whole wedding thing got me a little hung up on making Mum's dress more traditional and I started looking at darts and using the mannequin.
I finally realised that I never work like that and that I should just do what comes naturally so I used some of my own blocks and started playing with shapes. The below dress is obviously way too short! This was just to test that the bust and neckline of the dress would work for Mum with this print. We thought it looked great, very flattering and elegant yet not a typical 'mother of the bride dress'.
Mum had said she wanted sleeves to cover her arms and I thought about trying something sheer over the top of the dress if it got too hot it could be taken off. In the end I thought an interesting sleeve would work better.
I decided to cut out Mum's dress extra long so that there was lots of room to play with the length.
Starting to look at sleeves, something a little oversized I thought would look great but I think needed to be a little tighter for a wedding/formal setting.
Once I decided that a slit would look the best for the sleeve I then began looking at what binding to use. I decided to cut it from the same print fabric to be as subtle as possible. This was very time consuming making my own binding but I think it was worth it for the sleeves to keep them as delicate as possible.
Once the dress was almost finished I put it on Mum and we started looking at what length she would like. While I was playing around the hem I sort of scrunched it up and it created some pleats and Mum loved it. We decided to go with the extra detail at the bottom to make the dress more formal and I loved the floaty look of it. The floaty base of the dress was the perfect contrast with the thick black heels Mum wore.
Mum and I on the day, she looked absolutely stunning!
Sleeve detail of Mum's dress, perfect for a Summer wedding or event to cover arms and look elegant at the same time!
Mum and Dad looking very beautiful. So happy with how the dress turned out and I know Mum was too! Again get in touch if you would like a custom made dress for any special event!
I loved documenting the process of making my wedding dress and watching it evolve from the first ideas to the final garment. If you would like me to make and document your wedding dress creation or anyone else in your bridal party please email me for a quote. My prices are competitive and I will give you the most authentic experience of creating your wedding dress, with an EDITION dress you know the dress is made for you, and only you. It will also allow you to be comfortable all day and night (even play table tennis with a glass of wine in hand!)
Photographer | Lauren Campbell - laurencampbell.com.au
I knew from the start that I wanted to flatter my body shape, feel comfortable and for the garment to have great movement. I wanted to show off my back as it is my best feature and have a high neck so it looks elegant and hides my neck rash!
I love simple dresses and love a center seam as it elongates the body and adds some subtle detail. This practice garment had the slinky feel I was after. I wanted to walk the line between sexy (but not too sexy!) and elegant.
I found a beautiful Merino wool blend fabric in a silvery/grey in a small fabric store in Canberra. I bought 2m of the fabric as it was 160cm wide so I knew I could fit my long dress on it. With this dress I wasn't able to make it with zero waste as a very small amount of fabric was left over around the armholes but it was minimal waste.
Once I cut out the fabric I pinned it and looked at it on my body to make sure the fabric was falling in the way I wanted and the colour was what I wanted.
I decided to overlock the center back and centre front of the dress so that their wasn't a bulky seam as I wanted it to be a subtle feature of the garment and sit close to the body.
Around the armholes and neckline that continued down the back I thought I would use binding as the Merino wool is a stretch fabric I didn't want it to stretch and the binding would create a beautiful detail.
It took a long time to work out how low I wanted the split at the back to go to as it was an important part of the garment but I also didn't want the straps to fall off my shoulders during the day.
Once the binding was stitched on to the dress with my flat machine I decided to hand stitch the binding down around the armholes and neckline that continued down the back. I loved the hand stitched detail (once finished!) during the process I was going a little nutty!!
Once I bought my shoes I was able to work out what length I would hem the dress, as I wanted it to be as long as possible without tripping on it!
The finishing touch was to add the EDITION label and then the dress was good to go!
In the image below hugging my Dad you can see the hand stitched detail around the back and armholes of my dress.
The last 4 photos are by photographer Lauren Campbell. My hair was done by Leslie Henshaw and makeup by Hayley Boyle.
A little video from my Aunty of the parade at New Acton. Watch until about 2 minutes in when the beautiful dancers I worked with begin x
On Sunday I had a ball working with an amazing all Canberra team! The brief was to be as creative as possible and at the end of the day we were so happy with how everything came together. Robert Coppa was the awesome photographer, Katie van den Bos came out of retirement to model for us, Leslie Henshaw on hair and Elle Thomas creating beautiful make up. We shot at Nishi and hotelhotel, the shapes and textures inside and out of the hotel are so different to anything else in Canberra and worked with our concept. Cant wait to see the final images!
I feel bad that I haven't posted in a long time! But things have been very busy for EDITION and I am super excited for what 2014 has in store for me.
Currently I am in the process of moving into a new studio which will be great to have my own space and design it for me so it is practical and comfortable to work in. I am also collaborating with an amazing artist for an upcoming performance! More info to follow!