Sunday, February 28, 2010

Haute Economics

So, i was flipping through the New York Times magazine and stumbled across this:

backstage after their spring show the designers Victor & Rolf explained that because of the credit crunch, they had decided to crunch their couture- literally, burrowing tunnels and cutting away slices in their extravagant dresses.
In the spirit of fashion's new D.Y.I ethos, they offered this simple guide to reproducing the results. Have fun.
1. purchase 149 yards of fine tule for the skirt, 44 yards of stiffer tule for the underskirt and 2.3 miles of very thin yarn, which you will use to sew the garment by hand.
2. Dye the tule pale green
3. create a stiff back inner crinoline - like structure measured to your body, using camel's hair and boning, in the shape of the final skirt with a cutout strip below the hips.
4. Build up the skirt, gathering the tule layer by layer, lightly hand stitching the layers together. Work towards a solid shape that is airy and light, fine tune the volume. Use sharp, slim scissors to cut a perfectly straight and uniform horizontal swath in the tule to match the cutout in the structure underneath.
5.Move onto the bodice, which you should fashion to your body using metal boning and chiffon. Hand embroider 547 white sequins onto the front panel
6. attatch the skirt to the bodice.
You're done! and it only took 163 hours.

Until next time.....xoxoxoxo Jenna

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