The time for procrastination is over. You might remember I’ve been working on a project taking a beautiful 1957 wedding dress and re-modelling it for a contemporary wedding. So far the journey has included trips to Orange (one of my favourite places in Australia), trips to the National Library (online) another fave, and many hours … Continue reading
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Old photo, brings new clues….
and new threads to follow, (corny but I couldn’t resist). I’m excited to have the original photo of the dress worn by the bride on her wedding day in 1957. I’m not going to show you the photo just yet because the bride-to-be and I feel that it would be a spoiler for the finished … Continue reading
The mystery in the dress
It all started with an intriguing form submission via my website http://www.pearlbutton.com.au asking me if I’d be interested in doing some work on a vintage dress. Following a few email conversations, we arranged to talk. The voice on the other end of the phone was excited and full of enthusiasm, I liked this person instantly. … Continue reading
nothing but style
I’ve just watched the documentary ‘The Eye Has To Travel’, about Diana Vreeland’s extraordinary life in fashion. The documentary makes much of Diana Vreeland’s looks. There are many references to how plain she was and how this affected her confidence as a woman. She mentions early on that her mother called her extremely ugly. Although … Continue reading
Mad dogs and Australians go out in the midday sun…apologies to Noel Coward
Melanoma is Australia’s 4th most common type of cancer and affects one in four Australians. Exposure to sun is the main way you get it. It makes me wonder why more of us don’t wear hats? At any outdoor event you visit in Australia you see hats on some heads but not all. The Melanoma … Continue reading
I have been looking around and noticing how more and more Western women are favouring a variation of garments worn by many women in the Indian sub-continent called Salwar kameez. Typically these are garments consisting of a loose long tunic (kameez) paired with pants (salwar). There are many spellling variations but this is the Punjabi … Continue reading
lions and tigers and bears, omg.
Lions and tigers and bears and rabbits, oh my, in Australia, OH MY! I really don’t understand the use of non-indigenous flora and fauna as inspiration for designers in our country. I love lions and tigers etc. but unless you differentiate somehow it all becomes the same. And isn’t this what we love about our … Continue reading