:: Sunday, April 08, 2007 ::
Violet Couture at the fashion show Friday
I shot the Animal Rescue Foundation fundraiser fashion show at the Palace theatre here in London the other night. There were many solid designers there, though my bias was towards one in particular.
The shot here is Leia modeling the Versailles wedding dress made by local London indie designer Violet Couture. It opened Violet's set for the show right before intermission. It was very cool to see Violet's work finally being exposed to a wide audience - the 350 seat theatre was pretty full.
I can recall what is probably close to eight years ago her intial tentative steps into sewing and design. Her progress and fearlessness in attempting new garments and looks was impressive. Everything she designed, she learned from and improved on in the next garment. In 2006, she focused on making some of the most detailed, beautiful and spectacular corsets I have ever seen. Rich fabrics, fully lined and some with steel boning.
In the fall of this year, she started to work on spectacular dresses inspired by Elizabethan garments that incorporated corsets. One was shown at the Arts Project on Halloweeen. And others, such as Versailles, premiered on Friday at the Palace.
Violet is a natural born designer. Self taught and with a great deal of imagination , she is driven and motivated to turn inspiration and thought into completed and stunning garments.
Seeing her work, I am never not impressed. And I know when she gets 'discovered', she will continue to impress and wow more and more people - and who knows perhaps the fashion industry. :)
You will be seeing more shots from me in the coming months with models sporting her designs. I look forward to seeing them!
And if you are interested in one of the best custom made corsets you have ever seen or worn, get in contact with her via her myspace page. Tell her Mike sent you. :)
:: Mike Wood 13:00 [+] ::