The wonderful Emily James Powley of MLE Photographs snapped some photos of me doing what I do. It was fun to capture the way that I function in my design space and styling closet in case I tear it all down and rearrange. At some point, we realized that both of our site bios are comically out of date-unacceptable in the days of googling. Coffees and laughs were had- now it's time to get to work on new pictures for her website. Oh, and my new site in general. Gah!
A rack of colorful threads and trims, messy inspirations, and obviously a hula notepad.
It doesn't seem to matter how huge a garment rack there is in my office; I will overflow the thing.
The amount of stuff needed for sewing and styling is ridiculous. It can be nearly organized. Nearly.
Bins seem to be the answer-and creepy amounts of love for my label maker.
The view from my lazy dogs' sleeping area.
My amazing grandmother; teacher, traveler, archaeologist and metal work artist Leah Barbara Carter.
Pattern cards are so nice when you need something! Not so much when it's time to make them.
I organize my patterns by garment type and date-it's a dig no matter what.
Draping for a custom dress in heels and a fitted 50's raw silk dress. As always.
Hectic, and I mean hectic amounts of coffee get drunk in this room.
Shoes, jewelry, antlers, and a buddha altar. Somehow it all feels like bare necessities!
A pull-out desk ledge is perfect for accessory groupings, hair tools and makeup. It tends to be piled upon during model fittings and photo shoots.
Giganticglass and gunmetal earrings a gift from my wonderful boyfriend; by All Saints.
If anything is out of view, it is forgotten. Hence, jewelry draped over every possible surface.
The first step to styling an outfit is to select....an outfit.
Miscellaneous is the method. Dresses are organized by length, coats by color.
Clutches are organized by size with heirloom objects & gifts from loved ones keeping them in place.
You never know until you try. Surprised myself with a new outfit combo the day we shot this. Who'da thunk?
Another angle on an organized hoarding problem.
I used to hang necklaces from my antlers, but once they were set into this frame it really took away from their simple beauty.
Animal rights activists; just know that these are all a) heirloom or b) were killed and eaten without wasting a scrap by my very own family in the North.
Doesn't that make you feel better?
When fashion is your trade, magazines are your textbook. Fact.
Sun in your face each dawn can be oddly comforting and help you to be more productive (earlier), so I skip curtains.