Straight Laced was my senior collection at AIULA, where I completed my BFA in Fashion Design in 2008. I was one of 24 students chosen to participate in the school's senior fashion show in 2007. The collection itself is a sexy update of business suits, with slight inspiration from the 1940s, worn with corsets (some of my first efforts with corsetry, though already my signature style is apparent).
The fabrics used were primarily of natural fibers: silk, cotton, and wool. Most fabrics were from S. Rimmon Imported Fabrics, where I was working at that time. The prints are variations on traditional menswear fabrics: tweed, herringbone, pinstripe, and houndstooth.
Photographs by Inez Joewono.
A playful knitwear collection of ready-to-wear separates and dresses featuring graphic prints and lines, reminiscent of the mod heyday brought forth to the 21st century.
Photographs by Jean Paul Pecache.
Cabaret à Go Go
This collection from early in my MFA studies kicked off what would become my devotion to corsetry as daywear and incorporated into other garments. The fabrics used were simple - silk dupioni, silk jersey, and cotton sateen.
The original inspiration came from the sounds of a particular band - synth infused upbeat rock. From the mood it created, I got my bright color palate and the sweeping curved style lines.
Bias-cut prints add visual impact as well as creating smoother curves. The style of front closure is toyed with, some corsets have their entire bodies covered with a smooth piece of silk jersey, and two pieces have corsets integrated into a dress. One, by attaching the skirt only at the front waist and allowing the jersey waistband to stretch slightly to accommodate the variation in lacing gap. The second has the front panel of the corset tucked behind the body of a sheath dress while the rest of the corset comes out and wraps around the torso.
Victorian and art nouveau-inspired collection developed digitally. The illustrations are a mixed media of sorts - the face was scanned, vectored, and simplified from a Victorian illustration and the rest of the figure was drawn (based on an original sketch) in Adobe Illustrator. The clothing was drawn and rendered using Photoshop.
The fabrications were scans of swatches from my personal fabric collection. Careful editing turned them into repeating patterns that I could paint easily in Photoshop.
The techical drawings show an expanded collection beyond the four looks illustrated.
Holiday card illustrations featuring pinups and harps, done by commission for Jalisco harpist William Faulkner for Christmas, Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day.
I love drawing pinups and hope to expand that love into tattoo design. Please email me if you are interested in having a personalized pinup illustrated for any purpose.
The Age of the Understatement
Inspired by the album by The Last Shadow Puppets. The music is melodic and dramatic, backed by the London Metropolitan Orchestra, and the lyrics were evocative of a feminine yet slightly dark muse. Style cues were taken from the second half of the 17th century. The illustrations were done in Adobe Photoshop, based on a hand-sketched croquis, and the fabrics were rendered using scanned swatches.
Mint Chocolate Truffle
Careerwear in an elegant green and brown palate, with characteristic sophisticated whimsy.