Unpicking the past
dress detective / fashion / haute couture / madeline newport / re-modelling

Unpicking the past

Work on this vintage wedding dress requires patience and skill. So far I’ve spent over 2 hours unpicking the zipper and separating the bodice from its voluminous skirt and there are many more hours of this painstaking work to go. I have to carefully slip the tip of the unpicker, or seam ripper, under every … Continue reading

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design / dress detective / fashion / fashion, craft, vintage, design / madeline newport / mysterydesigner / re-modelling / repurposing / weddings

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
design / dress detective / fashion / fashion, craft, vintage, design / Orange NSW / re-modelling / weddings

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

design / fashion / fashion, craft, vintage, design

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