Clone Wars Couture

In a July 2010 edition of Star Wars magazine, I came across this little article about Acne’s f/w 2010 line that took direct inspiration from The Clone Wars, which designer Jonny Johansson watched with his two eldest sons. OF COURSE i tracked down the collection. Having seen some literal Star Wars interpretations on the runway before, this was a fun one that looks more like Clone Wars streetwear, enjoy!

1941 Duveen Pullover

Here’s a perfect little pullover for you, direct from the 1941 Jack Frost pattern booklet, the open work looks much more complicated than it actually is! A fun one to knit, the stitch is interesting and a great introduction to lacework, very straightforward, and I love the little button detail on the shoulders. I used knitpicks palette yarn in Forest Heather for this one and it’s wearing well, and some old felted wool for slight shoulder pads. Enjoy!

1941 duveen pullover 1

1941 duveen pullover 2

1939 outerwear

1939 has long been my favorite year of fashion, I’ll save another post for the reasons for it, but I know many of you feel the same way so I thought I’d share these images. A friend of mine let me borrow her fall/winter 1939 Montgomery Ward’s catalog, and I’ve been pouring over the pages with envy, especially the outerwear! I took some snaps of the pages, of course they’re not as quality as a scan, but I just had to share. Enjoy!

A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes

Last week I visited MoPOP for their exhibit A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes. The collection uses contemporary fashion to convey six feminine archetypes and how designers work with them, as well as how society interacts with them. The exhibit was incredible, and I got up close with the creations some of my favorite designers. Highly recommend visiting if you’re in Seattle, the collection is on display until September 2nd.

Iris Van Herpen

One of my favorite accounts on Instagram right now is designer Iris Van Herpen, although the word designer is too basic a descriptive. Her work is this almost unreal balance of technology and organics, utilizing 3D printing to create garments that look like the future of fashion. On visiting MoPOP’s A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes exhibit I was enthralled with the exhibit overall (more on that later) but I certainly didn’t expect to come face to face with one of Iris Van Herpen’s creations, not now, not ever.

This piece is part of the “Sage” portion, each section dedicated to one of six feminine archetypes. And while I would’ve loved to have found much of myself in “heroine” or “enchantress” it was the Sage description that felt as though it was written just for me.

“Her strengths are wisdom, intelligence, and self reflection, which she uses to analyze and understand the world. Her biggest fears are being ignored or tricked by others. Her weakness is being consumed by the never-ending study of details that can lead to an inability to act.”

“At once romantic and futuristic, her (Van Herpen’s) 2016 collection Seijaku collection found inspiration in cymatics, or the practice of visualizing sound waves in geometric patterns.”

You can view the Seijaku collection here and follow Iris Van Herpen on Instagram here.

Christy Dawn

About a year ago I asked the best people on Instagram (aka everyone following me) for recommendations of dresses that were similar to styles I liked from Free People, but were made in a transparent and ethical way. Someone suggested Christy Dawn and I bookmarked the label for later. One problem I’ve had with switching from a vintage to mostly modern wardrobe is quality. With vintage it’s not difficult to find top quality garments that will last decades more, and at a price that many can afford. But it’s a bit harder with modern. For one thing most people can’t distinguish high quality from low, so many brands don’t waste time and resources on small details that will raise the price and go overlooked by the average consumer. Another thing is trusting that something ordered online will live up to the expectation.

I decided to treat myself to something over memorial day weekend because EVERYONE has a sale, so it would be a good time to try something new. I recalled Christy Dawn and checked their site, and picked out the Autumn Dress. It looked like the perfect LBD for me, something that could be casual or more formal, comfortable (it’s a wrap dress), and besides being very transparent about their LA manufacturing, they also only use deadstock fabric leftover from major design houses. Instead of creating more fabric, which can be an incredibly harsh process, they use what already exists, finding a beautiful and useful place for it in the world. Everything is small batch, and due to the fabric usage, very limited, some dresses only get a handful made in each size. So while I was initially drawn to the styles and manufacturing transparency, the deadstock fabric usage hooked me.

I received the dress in the most lovely wooden box, with dried lavender blossoms inside, so opening it felt ultra special. Upon first touch I could tell by the fabric alone it was worth the price. Lifting it out of the box the details unfolded. While one side of the textile is a matte black, the underside is a lush satin. Every seam is finished in traditional French seams, and every thread secured. Putting it on was like finally finding “the one” (do I even need any of these old dresses sitting in my closet?) and thanks to the high quality fabric and construction, the movement and drape is heavenly. One thing I especially appreciate is the ultra long waist ties. I can tie a bow/knot at the back, front, side, and even styled it so it wraps up the chest and around my neck.

Christy Dawn is now my go to for beautiful dresses worth every penny, and I highly recommend giving them a try. Peek below to see the unboxing and details ❣️❣️❣️

*I have no affiliation with the brand and all photos and opinions are my own*