Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ORLANDO. . .


Speaking of Tilda Swinton in my previous post, i just remembered a costume-assignment i did at The College of  Arts and Crafts, on one of my favourite movies.
In the movie Orlando from 1993, based on Virgina Woolfs novel from 1928, Tilda Swinton playes a young nobleman, Orlando.

When Orlando were published, it created a sensation and caused quite a scandal in the bourgeoisie at that time, because of it´s gender/political message: that men and women should have equal rights.

The movie is a view on the last 400 years history of woman- and gender. It playes with the thought of an ideal society, where people are not slaves
of their sex, but contains characteristics and qualities from both sexes.

The movie are maybe fictitious and fantastic in its content, but it is relatively true in its visual exposure of the styles and fashionepochs.

It is very suitable as an inspiration for costumes, because it is abundant and extravagant in it´s demonstration of the styles of the different epochs.
From the story begins, in the times of baroque (1600-1700), the movie shows us abundance of heavy decorated rooms and garments, that underlines the standards and restrictions of the time - and opens The History of Costume - that we witness through the movie.

-In the beginning we are at the court of Elisabeth I, which Orlando is fre- quenting. The Queen has set her eyes on Orlando, because of his feminine boyishness and beautiful legs. She gives him the deed of the familys mansion, on the conditon that he never ages and keeps his glow of youth. . . and an interesting journey begins.

-I won´t reveal more. . .the rest you have to read or see for yourself.

Friday, August 26, 2011

A DIFFERENT APPROACH


Haider Ackermann, born in Columbia 1971, studied in Belgium and launched his first collection in 2001, has his own approach towards fashion. He is known for his masterful draping skills and avantgarde aesthetic.

He finally got some well deserved attention, when he dressed british actress Tilda Swinton in 2009 and  2011 for the Cannes Filmfestival.



As the Fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune, Suzy Menkes said it: 

"Tilda Swinton´s sensual elegance wiped the red-carpeted floor with the starlets in their strapless dresses and boned bodices. The Tilda offering was charisma without cleavage." - And I couldn´t agree more !

Take a look at his wonderful Fall 2011 collection here.

No wonder why Haider Ackermann has been one of Karl Lagerfeld´s favou- rites at first to take over at Chanel. But recently he rather sees him as an Givenchy-man. Instead he´s suggesting Riccardo Tisci to take over.

Ackermann has also been mentioned as a possible contender to replace John Galliano at Dior. Though it remains to be seen. For now it looks like Dior are going to reorganize and use an "in-house" designer, such as Marc Jacobs. . .

Monday, August 22, 2011

A NEW STUDIO. . .


-That is what I want! That is what I am looking for! I am calling The Universe. . .
I need a new studio, new challenges and impulses.

For several years now, I have been working and running my business from where I live, a first floor appartment. But a big change is needed on both a personal level and workwise.
I used to have a small shop, but moved the business into greater surround- ings, a big apartment and presently a smaller one. Not obvious for the pub- lic, even though I have used the internet a lot and got new customers by recommendation. After all, it doesn´t bring enough orders in.
I need to get out, to be more busy and show what I can offer. For now I have plenty of garments hanging on the racks, waiting to find new owners.

The studio/showroom doesn´t have to be big and expensive. . . It could be a loft, an old industrial building, as long as it´s well located. Maybe together with other creative people.

So please spread the word out there, if you know a place or someone who might be interested. Thanks.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

THE TURQUOISE FURCOAT

I have the pleasure to introduce the first contributor in my new serie: My Fashion Moment, where all you readers can participate.


In february I went to Rome with my husband, Kim and my youngest son, Alexander. I´ve been to Rome many times, but this time I wanted to show them The Vatican-museum.

I had promised Alexander, that it was his turn to get new clothes, shoes etc. I also promised that I wouldn´t look for shops. Alexander thought that I had seen everything when I was here last november.
On our way to The Vatican, I just wanted to show him a few good fashion stores in the streets leading up to Campo di Fiori. We passed by a shop with a sale and my eye catched something turquoise.
By that time we had only been in Rome for two hours and I had already forgotten what I promised Alexander. But I just had to find out what that turquoise was. It seemed to be a fabulous turquoise furcoat. Of course I had to try it on.
While I was trying it on, there was an old italian lady with her grandchild, that was complimenting me and the furcoat very nicely: -"carina bellisima etc."
I just had to own that fur. Later on I was just thinking, if the old lady was payed to make me bye the fur. By the way, the fur is made of rabbit and the collar is fox. But look at it. . . Isn´t it fantastico!!!
Ann-charlott

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

B FOR BLOM, HOLGER BLOM

The Golden Age of Haute Couture in Denmark, was from 1930 to the 1960´s, where the three Couturiers, Holger Blom, Preben Birch and Uffe Brydegaard, also known as the three B´s ruled.

With inspiration from Paris, they made dresses for High Society and costumes for film and teater.

Holger Blom and the actress Helle Virkner
Photo: Bent Mann/The Royal Librarys Collection.
            
Holger Blom (1906-65), was seen as the master of the three couturiers. He was selftaught and devoted to beauty, good quality and crafsmanship. 

He got his breakthrough when famous danish actresses like Bodil Kjer and Helle Virkner started wearing his gowns. 

He had his own fashionsalon in Copenhagen from 1930-1965 where he dressed High society and Royals. The highlight of his career was probably the wed- dingdress for Princess Anne Marie of Denmark in 1964.

Photo: Central Press, Getty Images


There is not a lot of images or documention about the three B´s on the in- ternet.

I´m curious and would like to know if any of you readers out there knew them, own or know about any garments from these three couturiers.

To know more, take a look of my posts about the danish movie Kispus and The exhibition: H for Haute couture at The Collection of Time that I wrote earlier on.

Friday, August 12, 2011

A Photosession. . .

In 2002 I was coorganizer of and participater in a Wedding Fair that took place at the Odd fellow Mansion in Odense.
We wanted to do a  small and intimate Wedding Fair as an alternative to the big ones, where you often get lost.

In connection with that, I needed some studiophotos of my dresses. Luckily one of the participating photographers offered me to take some photos at her studio, because she needed pictures like that, a win win-situation.

And my dear friend, Trine, who had worked as a model, agreed to pose. Which she did quite good, as you can see in these  photos. . .






Model: Trine Bolander
Photos: Karen Relster

Do I need to say, the Fair turned out to be a success. Unfortunately a one-of-a-kind experience. But a nice one.

Monday, August 08, 2011

NINA ROBENHAGEN


I didn´t attend  last weeks Fashionweek in Copenhagen, but from what I have seen on the net, one of my favourite collections was from debutant Nina Robenhagen.

She showed a small, exclusive collection in nice colors and fabrics. Take a look of  her SS 2012  Collection here and se the fashionshow live here.

It really shows that she also has a background as a tailor. The collection looked cohesive, simple, elegant, refined and structured. We don´t see that very often.

I didn´t look at all the collections, but i also liked the contemporary col- lection of Benedikte Utzon and the sophisticated collection of Dennis Lyngsø. Take a look and see for yourself.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

ROMANTIC BRIDALGOWN

Take a look at the gown I have been working on, next to the orders I had re- cently. It is part of my wedding collection. Just imagine any romantic Bride-to-be.

Because this very romantic gown would be perfect for a spring-/summer wedding. The cut is pretty classic, but the nice fabric sets it apart, I think.

The gown is made out of embroidered dupionsilk and underlined with silk or- gandy and about a size 38, waiting for the Romantic Bride-to-be.



Photos: John Frantsen

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

A REMINDER

Once again The Danish Fashion Week is taking place this week. If you haven´t got time or opportunity to go there, take a look at Channel K on DR.

They are broadcasting designerportraits, the making of fashion-shows and the new talents combined with older programs from last season all week long right here.