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Teddy Bear Muse

Last November, in anticipation of seeing the exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, I created two Gaultier inspired designs for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

For fans of “the enfant terrible of French fashion” it will be no surprise that one of these was a corset.

For inspiration I chose the conical bra style he first showed in the early 1980s and which was famously worn by pop icon Madonna on her Blonde Ambition World Tour.

Here is my take on it for my garden fairy and some photos I took at the exhibition.

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Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibitionIn the exhibition monograph, Jean Paul Gaultier thanks many including his teddy bear – which features in the exhibition wearing the cone bra he fashioned for it as a child!

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk:

“…thanks also to my teddy bear Nana who was my first model and without whom my whole career not to speak of the cone breasts, would not have been possible…”

In my post Good Things Come To Those That Wait I spoke of waiting for several years to see this exhibition. It was first shown in Montreal in 2011, then in Dallas, San Francisco, Madrid, Rotterdam, Stockholm, New York, London and finally Melbourne in 2014.

It was worth the wait – so much so that I went to see it twice on that weekend trip to Melbourne in November!

Good Things Come To Those That Wait

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In 2011 the Montreal Museum Of Fine Art curated an exhibition of the work of French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

I’ve watched from afar as the exhibition traveled to various locations and now – three years on it is in my neighbourhood – well almost – Melbourne.

So that’s where I am this weekend!

In anticipation I created this Gaultier inspired dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

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Changing Hue

I let my vase of roses linger…I like the petals fading hues they remind me of my vintage velvet jacket the fabric bruised with wear and time only adds to its beauty.

The petals spill on the mantlepiece and I let them linger too.

As in Faded Glamour I’m inspire to turn them into a garden fairy’s gown.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

The Fairy Cordwainer’s Wares

Boot © Sandra Alcorn 2014

Garden Fairy’s boots © Sandra Alcorn 2014

Garden Fairy's shoes © Sandra Alcorn 2014

Garden Fairy’s shoes © Sandra Alcorn 2014

Garden Fairy Found In Montauk

A month ago Lee from Fort Pond Native Plants in Montauk New York contacted me. The garden centre has a shop and gallery and she was interested in my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe!

So I am excited to tell you that they now stock a range of my notecard sets and individual cards.

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

Being half a world away I have had to be content with only looking at photos of their wonderful nursery but I instantly knew if I lived locally I would be a frequent visitor.

Fort Pond Native Plants 26 South Embassy St Montauk, New York

Fort Pond Native Plants 26 South Embassy St Montauk, New York

tulip bulbs at Fort Pond Native Plants

tulip bulbs at Fort Pond Native Plants

Beautiful plants, interesting garden themed gifts and books, landscaping services, classes…oh and some cute resident dogs!

Fort Pond Native Plants furry friends

Perhaps Montauk New York is your neighbourhood or close enough to visit – I’d love to hear if it is and I hope you’ll be tempted to buy some of my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe cards from Fort Pond Native Plants.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

The cards are blank inside for your own message, greeting or using for invitations. And they look great framed too!

Collection Sets (5 notecards + envelopes) include –

Verde, Haute Couture, boho, Passion and Garden Party.

‘Ode to Chanel’  is a trio of cards.

 

If you can’t get to Montauk you can visit my Petal & Pins etsy store.

Wholesale enquiries welcome.

 

Fort Pond Native Plants images used with their permission – thank you Lee!

An Imaginary Journey

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Last winter playing with scraps from something I was cutting out I made this felted wool ‘flower’. This morning I stitched a safety pin on the back to adorn my vintage coat lapel.

When I returned from walking Mademoiselle Agnes I decided to create a vignette.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

With a posie of bergenias, daisies and ivy.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

A scarf I made decorated with vintage buttons.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Some old suitcases and my ruffle trimmed umbrella.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

An Imaginary Journey.

What is the destination? Who are the flowers for?

Perhaps it might inspire a story from the writers amongst you!

Fashion & Favourites

I smiled when I saw this design from the Oscar De La Renta Spring/Summer 2014 collection as it reminded me of my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe dress that I created for my very first Petal & Pins post in September 2012 .

The Oscar De La Renta dress is made from crushed pleated silk taffeta and tulle, my Fairy’s dress was made from a peony flower!

The big voluptuous blooms of the tree peony are a favourite of mine and I’m lucky they were a favourite of a previous owner of my garden who long ago planted two.

That’s the thing with favourites you keep coming back to them or you want more – choosing the same dish at a favourite restaurant, revisiting a holiday destination or wearing some things from your wardrobe more often than others.

Sometimes fashion labels repeat a popular style in a different fabric or colour the following season, I certainly do that for some of my clients and I have done that here for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe – recreating my peony dress with roses.

 

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

The Writing On The Wall

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Chanel store window Melbourne © Sandra Alcorn 2014

“To be irreplaceable you must be different”  Coco Chanel

Georgie’s Dress

Dress Front

If you read my previous posts The Beginnings Of A Dress and Embellish And Adorn you will find the story behind the creation of this dress.

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These silk organza flowers are handcut and embellished with a Swarovski crystal in the centre.

The dress does up with small silk covered buttons down the back.

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The Beginnings Of A Dress

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

In my post ‘An Elf In My Letterbox’ back in June I mentioned one of my nieces  would be visiting in September so I could create her school leavers dress.

We’ve been planning and plotting for several months with idea and sketches going to and fro and Marinella Rauso’s stylish blog I Love Green Inspiration provided some inspiration.

I had already chosen the fabrics and ordered a selection of beads and sequins in preparation. Last Wednesday she arrived and Friday we embarked on stage 1 – dye the fabric. The first attempt gave a pretty result but wasn’t colour fast so we re-dyed and now it’s a richer colour.

© Sandra Alcorn

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

Yesterday I saw a picture of Diane Kruger in a Valentino ‘poudre’ tulle illusions gown from the Resort 2014 collection – the colour and ‘feel’ is similar to what we’re creating.

Of course it hasn’t been all work and no play! – Saturday we went to Salamanca Markets and found a gorgeous cocktail ring and earrings to go with the dress and on Sunday we went to MONA and ‘feasted’ on fabulous art.

But today it’s back to ‘The Dress’!

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

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