Here is a taste of some of the things inspiring me for my a/w 2011/12 Collection. It's going to be called
Lost and Found.
Here is a selection of images from designers who use vintage and found objects,recycled clothing,accessories and bits and pieces to make gorgeous garments and accessories.
First up Selene Gibbious of http://www.gibbiousfashions.com/
Bits of broken jewellery and old keys are also sewn on.
Do check out the site for her blog,stunning photoshoot pictures and her online shop.
Selene also does a alteration,custom and make-over service all for reasonable prices.All her pieces are gorgeous one off originals.
Designs by Bonzie http://www.bonziedesigns.com/ Based in Waterford Ireland this Aunt and Niece duo make corsets,collars.cuffs,coats.fascinators and more in their unique style.Using Irish Linens,Tweeds,Silks, sometimes hand dyed.They embellish the pieces with jewellery,Pearls and handmade flowers made from velvets,tulles and silk.They now have a stunning must visit workshop in Waterford Ireland a image of which is below.Do visit their site,blog and flicker accounts for a slice of Irish Couture.
http://www.littlebrownmagpie.etsy.com/ I wrote an article on her in Alt Fashion Magazine which really went into her inspirations.Penny also sells antique findings and materials in her other shop http://www.faginsdaughter.etsy.com/ and beautiful colage mixed media artwork using vintage papers and books at http://www.littlebrownsparrow.etsy.com/ check out more of Pennys work on her blog. http://www.sparrowsalvage.blogspot.com/
So those are a few of the labels who's look i am aiming to channel in my own collection.I will be using vintage and antique beads,trims and fabrics cutting up secound hand clothing and hand dying and ageing fabrics.As well as layering textures smooth with torn,lace with tulle and jersey yarn with embroidery,pearls and silk.
As usual i,ll be using semi precious stones and old buttons sourced from Portobello market.
Look out for images of the collection in progress from June 2011.