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Friday, December 31, 2010


 Wouldn't this be a prize piece for an opening night?  The now famous Monarch Butterfly Dress is the finale piece from Seattle designer, Luly Yang's Metamorphosis collection! Believe it or not she had originally created the piece in paper while working as a graphic designer for an architecture firm. There was a competition to highlight the quality of fine paper products, and to best display the papers printing qualifications, Luly Yang chose to print the image of the butterfly and pattern the paper into a dress. Thus sprang to life her rendering of what is now known as the Butterfly dress and needless to say she won the competition. She then used fabric to create the actual Butterfly dress and her career as a couture designer was born. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Peacocks have been inspiring us since time inmemorium as they don the spectrum of blues, 
purples, shades of green and beiges.
Peacock feathers are wonderful accents for belts, head wear, sleeves
and just about any
accessory. Designers here have made the most of our feathered-friend chic, including, yes,
attitude . . . .
 Photography by Koukei/Gown by Pangaia
 Photo by Bethany Antikajian/Dress by Papusza Couture

Saturday, December 11, 2010



Photography . . . . . Bryan John Hendon
Vintage Gowns . . . .Divine Elegance
Model . . . .Loren Juliet Paige
Make up and Hair . . . . Christal Saville
Location . . . .Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael

When I first laid eyes on these stunning images I followed the links leading me to the work of photographer Bryan John Hendon. A master of composition, his specialty is his incredible use of both artificial and natural  light. Here with his favorite muse and model, Loren Juliet Paige, they have created real fashion poetry showcasing these gorgeous vintage gowns from Divine Elegance .

Pique crepe, with a v-back,  and magenta velvet ribbon around the waist and streaming down the back of gown with a pretty detachable rose in back.

' Loren's Sleepless Nights'

The soft baby blue strapless ballerina-esque beauty has 3 layers of tulle netting with a thick blue satin lining in between. The waist is beautifully crafted of satin and a lavish blue satin ribbon train. 

Late 1950s, damask/brocade A-line with Sabrina neck makes a perfect cocktail dress . . .

Gold net and satin dress circa early 1950s

Thursday, December 2, 2010


 Every fall, Seattle bsed designer, Luly Yang creates a new collection centered around a particular theme. This year's inspiration was The Ocean. In her opening letter in the show program, Luly wrote: "This year's show takes its lighthearted inspiration from the seemingly endless variety of life that lives in our ocean. I found myself with a child-like curiosity of this mysterious underwater world, inspired by the infinite range of movement, texture and color that lives in the alternate universe". The production of the fashion show takes months to complete and each dress is painstakingly designed and delicately made. The difference between luxury ready-to-wear and couture is that Luly spends hours in the work room developing and carrying out her inspiration. Every detail of every dress is overseen by her, and the finished product is one that is personally nurtured by Luly.  These images are the end result of a magnificent concept to creation project . . . .