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Friday, August 28, 2015

Emilie Floge inspired dress



Last night was the perfect opportunity to wear the latest Emilie Floge dress. My friend and professional artist Deborah Macy had an opening exhibit at the Gallery X downtown New Bedford. I’m a big fan of her art and she is a big fan of my dresses. In turn she and I collaborated in a painting where I posed for her wearing one of my gowns. She added so much detail to the dress it was incredible. It was the first time I saw it in person. We displayed the gown side to side with the painting to give viewers a feel of what went into the painting. It was a lot of fun sharing the experience with others. 








OK sewing world, here is my second Emilie Floge inspired dress. I feel like these dresses belong to everyone to enjoy. It is truly a work of art. I’m very happy with it. The whole process of putting it together was just so exciting. The fabric is a combination of weaved silk, linen and embroidered light cotton. Again, I love the elongating lines of Emilie Floge dress designs. Have a great weekend everyone and as always thank you for sharing in our sewing journey. Debora  











Saturday, August 22, 2015

Emilie Floge inspired dress

Good evening everyone! Tonight was a special night. I wore for the first time in public the  Emilie Floge inspired dress that I created earlier this year. It was a fun evening and everyone got such a kick out of the dress. I was happy to share not only the dress but also the story behind the designer Emilie Floge. Arts matter. It's such a powerful connector. Enjoy!




This is my first Emilie Floge inspired dress. It’s nothing like I’ve ever created before. The design flowed right out of my head well into the life of fabric. The excitement of sewing it lasted right through the finish. I couldn’t seem to place it down. The feel of this dress is beyond comfortable. It’s powerful. A different kind of beauty. The dress itself sets it’s own stage commanding anyone in it’s presence. When I first put it own, it looked like it belonged in a painting. After the photos were taken I realized why Emilie Floge went for these lines. She must have played with different fabric layouts and photography to see what worked well for an artist perspective. It’s no surprise that an artist like Gustav Klimt used her dresses in his paintings and his paintings in her dresses. They were both incredible artists.



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

I got Emilie

This is my first Emilie Floge inspired dress. It’s nothing like I’ve ever created before. The design flowed right out of my head well into the life of fabric. The excitement of sewing it lasted right through the finish. I couldn’t seem to place it down. The feel of this dress is beyond comfortable. It’s powerful. A different kind of beauty. The dress itself sets it’s own stage commanding anyone in it’s presence. When I first put it on, it looked like it belonged in a painting. After the photos were taken I realized why Emilie Floge went for these lines. She must have played with different fabric layouts and photography to see what worked well for an artist  perspective. It’s no surprise that an artist like Gustav Klimt used her dresses in his paintings and his paintings in her dresses. They were both incredible artists.









A couple of weeks ago I discovered Emilie Floge. She was the life long companion of Gustav Klimt the Austrian symbolic painter. You may know him from the painting “The woman in Gold.” Anyways, I’m obsessed with Emilie’s dresses. They are all elongating and the emphasis is on the neck and sleeves. Everything simply flows from the yoke. Like life itself her dresses flow with such beauty. I’m just captivated with her dresses. Not only that, I have a few things in common with Emilie. She too was a seamstress and a business woman at a young age. She also had a love for the arts and artist themselves as I do. And the hair!  I mean hello! She understood how important the “dress” was in the paintings. I really wanted to connect to her. So, today I did something about it. I went to Bedford Fabrics in Fall River and picked out fabric that inspired me to create a tribute dress to Emilie. I didn’t have a design, not on paper anyways, it was flourishing in my head. When I came home, I went a bit mad and started cutting the fabric. It was so liberating to do such a thing. At this point I’m not worried about how this dress comes out or where I’m going to wear it to, if ever! I’m just expressing how I feel about a woman that inspires me. She was beyond her time and her dresses didn’t sell  as they should have. Sometimes, it takes a couple of generations to see who we were. Somehow, I got Emilie. Both in my mind and in this dress. Here’s to all “The woman in Gold.”