Monday, June 27, 2011

Inspiration (Moon Afternoon)

I haven't been out to Dances of Vice in a while, but their July 4th event looks like it will be fun! I was trying to decide whether to go with a 20s inspired look to fit the theme better, or a classical lolita type look like I wore the previous times I attended. Then I realized some hybrid of the two might work fairly well, which reminded me of Moon Afternoon. I hadn't thought about them in years, though they were one of my favorite brands featured in the older Gothic & Lolita Bibles, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that they're still around. While what I'm planning on making is fairly different and more flapper inspired, it's still nice to see that a low-waisted dress can work.

jumper 1 * jumper 4 * jumper 2

Friday, June 10, 2011

I went, I saw and bought the book

Since yesterday was the hottest day so far this summer (with a heat index of 104 and it's only June!) I thought it would be a good day to head over to the air conditioned Met and see the Alexander McQueen exhibit. I've always liked McQueen's work, and figured it would be interesting to see in person. Even though it was a weekday afternoon there was a 30 minute line which wasn't fun, but wasn't particularly awful either.

Once inside, it was quite possibly one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. The shapes, textures and detailing were all stunning in person, and so much more amazing than I could ever imagine from a photograph. I ended up spending over an hour looking at everything as closely as I could, despite the fact that it was super crowded and I hate crowds. I was a bit disappointed that no photographing was allowed, but in hindsight having everyone clamoring to take pictures would have distracted from the experience so it's probably for the better. It's on display until August, so I may even try to go back and see it again.

VOSS, spring/summer 2001

This was my favorite dress there, the colors, depth and weight of the shell underdress was breathtaking.

No. 13, spring/summer 1999

I loved the contrast of the molded leather with the delicate lace, and the prosthetic legs are lovely.

It’s Only a Game, spring/summer 2005

Loved the colors and textures here, it was on a spinning pedastal in a mirrored room which was both hypnotizing and gave an amazing view of all sides.

Unfortunately, a lot of the ensembles I loved aren't pictured on the website but I suppose that's all the more reason to go see it in person.