*The collection was chosen to compete in 2014 CFDA-Geoffery Beene competition*
Photographer: Graham Bessellieu
Model: Rachel Witus, Sydney Brake
Left: Fully-fashioned Machine Knitting
--Black 100% Merino wool beaded top with black long pants
Right: Cut ans Sew
--Black neoprene jacket with black beaded floor-length skirt
Inspired by “joints” on insect’s legs and how joints move mechanically with the movement of body, I merge the joint structure into shoulder construction within the collection. The joints are able to open and close up as the model raises and put down her arms. Beading technique is applied on most looks in order to imitate the pattern of pores on insect’s shell. I juxtapose structural jackets with lifted shoulders and soft draped dresses to create the concept of a tough “shell” with a delicate “body” underneath.
This collection is meant to be graceful and dramatic yet distinct from common eveningwear. It is designed for a woman who has a 1950’s elegant spirit with luxury taste of couture. She has always been my muse--- a lady who is delicate yet strong, feminine yet independent, romantic yet mature.