A box of treasures

Gill Morgan’s gorgeous collection of 1920’s vintage outfits. A box filled with stunning dresses, little tops, hats, and other hair accessories. It is impossible, without seeing these first hand, to appreciate the true delicacy and beauty of these garments. It breaks my heart when you look at the 21st century, one of a fast fashion and throwaway culture, you just can’t compare it to these vintage pieces. The beading is amazing, the detail impeccable. The heaviness of the garments is unbelievable as they are on such fine sheers; however it’s the beads that make it so heavy, not like beading now a days. I find Gill’s collection really inspirational and it makes me want to revive the passion for clothing and attention to detail that our ancestors had, one that I feel has been sucked out of today’s fashion world.

Valentino ROCKS

Valentino’s spring summer 2010 collection is stunning. The colour palette is the first thing that draws my attention. It is subtle with nudes, pinks, marl greys. The second thing that comes to mind is the intense detail within the collection. Each garment is very different from the last one; a range of different techniques and fabrics are used with the consistency of the colour palette remaining throughout.

photos from www.style.com

Valentino’s feminine and romantic collection has inspired my current project for indigo, with the attention to detail and delicacy. Below are some current samples i have been working on.

My travels to MILAN


Known as one of the leading fashion capitals, I have always wanted to go to Milan and see what all the fuss was about. It certainly lived up to any expectations I may have had. The city is beautiful; it didn’t have the rush and buzz like London does, instead it is a more peaceful and relaxed place. I found this great as I was able to fully take in the gorgeous buildings and architecture. This was one of the things I loved most about Milan. Everywhere you looked; the buildings were decorated with elaborate carvings and shaped stone.

At the heart of the city was one of the most beautiful buildings I had ever seen, the Duomo. The first thing I said when I saw it was WOW. The cathedral centred in the heart of the city is strikingly beautiful and breathtaking. Inside, was much the same. There was so much to look at, so much detail and beauty. I loved the peacefulness of it all and the areas of darkness mixed with the lightness from the candles.

The city is a very inspiring place. I remember sitting in a small Italian cafe with my hot chocolate watching the people go by. I noticed that the women are very glamorous and slick, dressed mostly in black they were very fashionable.
Shopping in Milan is much more high-end than high street; however it was a good opportunity for me to look at designer’s clothes and appreciate the great quality and craftsmanship that is different to the high street.

My favourite place in Milan was Corso Como. The little Italian restaurants were so cute and the shops screamed luxury. Corso Como number 10 was amazing. A 3 story shop hidden in a botanical garden. The 1st floor was overwhelming, a room filled with designer jewellery, clothes and house furnishings. The jewellery in particular was incredible I had never seen anything like it, I wanted it all. Unfortunately with such large price tags I had to just dream instead. It was however extremely worthwhile because it gave me inspiration for my final collection and even for my current collection for indigo.

Overall my trip to Milan was amazing. Although I didn’t have many shopping bags to return home with, I did however have ideas and inspiration to carry forth into my future collection. The buildings are stunning and the history is fascinating, Milan is defiantly a place I would recommend, and a place I would love to return to. X