Friday, July 31, 2009

Classic Actresses Inspire Bridal Couture...

It seems like there's been an awful lot of weddings lately (I was in two within 8 months) and the epidemic doesn't look like it's going to stop anytime soon. Keeping this in mind, I decided to dig up some bridal fashion for the blog, and while browsing various websites, this beautiful "Audrey Hepburn lookalike" welcomed me to the front page of Alta MODA Bridal Boutique.

I did a double take and went to find some pictures of the real Audrey. The resemblance is rather amazing...


Eager to find some more photos of this beautiful model, I clicked through to the ROSA CLARÁ bridal web site and was absolutely blown away by the designs. Honestly, I looked through every picture on the entire site. Don't visit it unless you want to spend an hour in a state of serious beauty overdose. I mean it.

Here's some of my favorite gowns (including the lovely "Audrey-esque" model). Most of them wouldn't be considered "modest", but the design details are out-of-this-world, and there's lots of cute lace cover-up options.


The choice of unique fabrics is one of the most important when it comes to creating a fabulous wedding dress. A little bit of texture can go a long way and turn an ordinary gown into something special. Who says you have to stick to the regular silk and satin? The knit fabric on the first gown is what creates its appeal. And never underestimate the power of a well-draped dress. The brilliant use of the fabric in the second photo allows the simple sheath to stand on it's own, with only a necklace for an accent.


It's amazing how the details really and truly do make the dress. Check out the exquisitely beaded belt in the 1st look, the embroidery in the 2nd, the lace in 3rd, and lastly, the beading on the 4th gown creates the illusion of a gorgeous belt, gives shape to the dress and draws attention to the waist.

When further exploring the ROSA CLARÁ site, it seems that designer Jesús Del Pozo wanted to join in on the classic-actress inspired gowns. Don't these totally look like they're out of a Grace Kelly film?


Grace Kelly always reminds me of a pure, ivory goddess. :) So beautiful...


OK, so one last round of pictures (I couldn't be more enthusiastic about these dresses than if I were paid to advertise them, huh? ;). The Fiesta line is just delicious. Yum... :)


Make sure you check out the ROSA CLARÁ web site in it's entirety. I'm definitely going to keep this bookmarked for the future... :)


Images: Bridal Images: ROSA CLARÁ / Audrey Hepburn Photo: fanpix.net / Grace Kelly Photo: SimplyClassics.net

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

70's Fashion

70's Fancy Dress Costumes and 70s Fashion70s Fashion


The 70's was the decade of Disco. Bell bottoms were very popular and for the first time you could decorate your own to suit. As well, we had the technique of using bleach and tie dye for extra fashion. Now tight shorts with loud prints and huge collars, were worn. Ethnic influences were hinted at by the wearing of bright scarves and large chunky jewelry.


John Travolta arrived in Saturday Night Fever, accompanied by the brightest colors you could wear. Remember the flared pants and bell bottoms? Psychedelia had influenced fashion with several multicolor prints, heavily influenced by Woodstock, from the previous decade. However such tight fitting clothes were uncomfortable to wear and that scene soon ended.


That great sports brand of today, Nike, started business in 1972 focusing on running and sportswear. As time moved on, fashion adopted training and running shoes. In the music industry, celebrities started wearing slinky shirts and womens' make up. This the era of Boy George and David Bowie, and their influence was strong.


On the female front, Farah Fawcett's success in Charlies Angels helped create the market for the flicked end hairstyle. Afro perms were also part of the scene as worn by the young Michael Jackson of the Jackson five. The craze for sun tans started in the 70's with women using fake tan sprays and starting to visit tanning parlors. Completing the look were the shimmering eye makeup and frosted lipstick.




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Fashion Shirts

Fashion Shirts: Fabulous Finds

Fashion ShirtsBy Sherwood R. Robins


There are tons of great fashion shirts out this season for both men and women to help you look and feel great all summer long. For guys, brightly colored, patterned graphic, attitude and message tees from Dolce & Gabbana, Emporio Armani, and Urban Outfitters are hot. If clothes make the man then these tees express who and what you are in vivid color and detail. With the 1980s back with a vengeance, the classic Ralph Lauren polo shirt


has never been more in demand. In both solid colors and stripes, this preppy classic has never lost its style. Tommy Bahama tropical shirts are still a mainstay for summertime as are classic plain and printed hoodies from Adidas and Nike. Solid and patterned, striped dress shirts from Michael Kors, Joseph Abboud, D. Squared, Perry Ellis, Diesel, and Armani add sophistication to workplace attire, even during the warm winter months.


Overall, men's fashion shirts, especially tees, are more form-fitting than ever and even dress shirts are fitting much truer to size these days. The age of the big, baggy men's shirt is definitely over. Women's stylish tops for the season are coming in all sorts of bright, summer colors-especially greens, oranges, yellow, turquoise, and lavender. The tunic-style, printed blouse is ever-present especially from designers like Voile, Cavalli, Snake Byte, and Banana Republic.


Camisoles are ubiquitous in both solids and colors, as are satin-trimmed tees, patterned bustiers and tanks. Flowy, feminine blouses from Michael Kors and Karen Kane bring silky femininity to any wardrobe. V-neck and cap sleeve blouses in soft pastels make for the perfect light and airy tops for summer and fall. While natural cotton is always the ideal fabric of choice for the warmer months, versatile, soft and breathable silk is everywhere this season.Fashion ShirtsFashion Shirts




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Social Effect of Clothing

Fashion WearPeople wear clothes in order to protect their bodies from natural conditions. Heat, extreme cold weather, humidity, and strong sunlight, are some of the reasons why people have begun wearing clothes in the first place. But human clothes have over the years evolved into a symbol in itself.


Conveying a social message to a variety of decoders, clothes, accessories, and decorations, have become a reliable way to denote social status, occupation, economic situation, ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation and religious affiliation. Focusing on generalities an individual may comprehend only one part of the story the clothes another man or woman wears are conveying.


Sticking with one type of message and filtering every clothing attempt using such a lucid base is totally wrong. Since the manner and the rate at which fashion changes varies among cultures and historic moments, the modern global citizens have to be able to exercise constant restructuring of their fashion principles and devote the necessary time and effort to translating the clothing patterns of different generations.


If for example wearing a suit at work was the only acceptable type of dress-code in Western societies, migration and cultural exchange have introduced different types of acceptable fashion statements in the business environment. Careful examination and continuous intercultural exchange can be the only tools one has today in order to increase his or her chances of translating a garment's or decoration's message accurately.




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Wholesale Fashion

Wholesale Fashion Clothing Sold at Economic PricesWholesale Fashion


When you are running a clothing retail shop, there is no reason for you to worry about your profit or where you can shop clothing supplies at low prices. You will be able to keep most of your income when you buy wholesale fashion clothing. If you are looking for the most affordable clothing wholesale, purchase apparel stocks at Asian fashion wholesale manufacturers.


One of these fashion wholesale companies is CausewayMall, which is found in Hong Kong. Hong Kong fashion wholesalers from all throughout the world have the opportunity to shop for clothing supplies wholesale at CausewayMall. CausewayMall is a wholesale online shopping mall, which specializes in wholesale women's apparel.


It offers its clients with a convenient shopping experience, what with the chance to buy clothes online. This wholesale manufacturer from Asia sells cheap, ladies, wholesale clothing. Most importantly, the designs and styles of the clothing from CausewayMall are very fashionable. Whether you want to buy junior wholesale clothing or women fashion clothing wholesale, you will be able to take advantage of the company's trendy styles. For one, you can buy Japan & Korea fashion clothing.


You can also shop for Hong Kong fashion clothes. Causeway Mall is a cute trendy clothes wholesaler, marketing items which are of the latest fashion. You have thousands of choices when you shop for wholesale Korea style fashion clothes. CausewayMall sells blouses, skirts, dresses, pants, clothes sets, and jackets. The latter are comprised of formal hats, winter hats, elastic socks, and cotton socks. Wholesale Fashion




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Winter Fashion

Winter Fashion Trends For Men

Check out the following fashion forward looks to help you keep up with the latest trends in men's apparel.


Winter Fashion1. Keep it in check. Check patterns and plaids have returned with a vengeance this winter season. Polo by Ralph Lauren has checked dress shirts that range from lumberjack to understated, but the key is to not overdo it. Keep the patterns above the waist and paired with flattering neutral jackets and pants.


2. So what if it's not snowing? Long striped scarves, puffy quilted jackets, and a splash of electric yellow will have you looking more hot than cold this winter. The new Nautica line recently showcased a clever blend of layering bright ski jackets beneath classic wool coats, adding cheer to the dreary weather. Keep an eye out for other emerging favorites like sporty vests and colorful knit caps.


5. To keep this long-time standard trend from getting stale, choose grey jeans over blue and ditch the black leather for unexpected colors. If you're concerned about fit, this season is more about comfort than squeezing into skin-tight pants and t-shirts.


4. The preppy look blossoms in winter. Forget about the cheesy yacht-inspired men's apparel that dominated the summer months. Winter prep looks elegant and timeless. Try pairing a military cardigan, such as the ones found at Ralph Lauren's Polo line this season, with charcoal colored pants and a patterned tie. Or brighten up the office with bold primary colored sweaters in red, blue, and yellow.


5. If trendy men's apparel isn't your thing, classic sharp lines and dark colors are always in style and readily available. Happy hunting, whether you're a lumberjack, rocker, or ski bum.




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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Plus Size Fashion

Plus Size Fashion Trends For Summer 2009

Plus Size FashionWelcome to Summer 2009 ladies! The Maxi: Plus size Maxi Dresses are everywhere this season and are a huge fashion trend for summer 2009. Maxi dresses are the plus size woman's best friend and work to perfectly conceal some our minor figure flaws in the most figure-flattering way. Flirty, romantic, and stylish, these dresses can be worn for every occasion this summer, from shopping with the girls to a romantic summer night out on the town. Ruffles: Feminine and flirty ruffles are a definite "must have" fashion trend this season. Ruffle trim wrap dresses are gorgeous and a perfect "must have" this season. For the perfect ruffled top option check out the Nikki Checkered Plus Size Top available in white/black check or pink/black check.

Work Wear: As divas, we must always dress to impress and dress for success. If you must wear a blazer to work, look for styles with one-button waist closures and narrow lapels made of all-season fabrics like rayon tweeds and light blends. In the work wear department SWAKdesigns.com has got you covered. Check out the Alicia Plus Size Shirt Dress available in a variety of classic colors or their Classic Fit Trousers in black or tan/brown.

Working out is an everyday activity for plus-sized women in an effort to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Be sure to choose your active wear wisely. Stylish tees, tanks, leggings or bike shorts are good combination's for day to day workouts, but for pure comfort look into loosely cut plus size yoga wear in bright summer colors. For some super cute, trendy active wear styles check out the new Zen Yoga Wear Collection and the Aimee Plus Size Sweat Pants.




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Fashion Pants

Sweat PantsFashion Pants


Sweatpants are an informal variety of trousers intended for comfort or athletic purposes. Fashion pants typically refers to "fashion conscious" sportswear, such as the pants produced by Juicy Couture. The distinguishing characteristic is that fashion pants lack the elastic band at the ankles.


Windpants often have zippers on each ankle, allowing athletes to unzip the end of each leg to pull the pants over their footwear. Tearaway pants, also known as breakaway pants, rip-off pants, or (in the UK) popper pants, are another variation of sweatpants, and are closely related to windpants. Tearaway pants are windpants with metal snaps running the length of both legs. Some tearaway pants have snaps on only part of the legs, but normally the snaps run the entire length. Some tearaway pants are reversible. The buttons and snaps allow athletes to remove their tearaway pants in a timely manner to compete in some sports. Basketball and track and field are the two sports most commonly associated with tearaway pants and windpants.


Adidas is the largest manufacturer of tearaway pants, followed by Nike, Inc.[citation needed] Other manufacturers are Spalding, Russell Athletic, Teamwork Athletic Apparel, Wilson Sporting Goods, And 1, Reebok, Champion, Polo Ralph Lauren, Converse, Old Navy, Foot Locker, Tommy Hilfiger, Fila, and numerous other brands.


Muscle pants more closely resemble regular sweatpants than tearaway pants or windpants. Muscle pants are usually made out of thin cotton material. Muscle pants are often characterized by wild patterns and sometimes flamboyant designs. Muscle pants were designed for use in bodybuilding; bodybuilders needed a special kind of pants to accommodate their bulging muscles and bodies while working out.




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Fashion Stylists

Fashion Stylists - the Emerging Class in the Fashion IndustryFashion Stylists


Fashion stylist - a word unheard of till recently - is one of the emerging professions in the fashion world globally. Who is a fashion stylist? A 'fashion stylist', as the name suggests, works with fashion trends to create a distinct style for a particular individual. The services of fashion stylists are generally employed by newspapers, magazines and advertising agencies. In this case, they are required to dress up the models for shoots. A major part of the job involves planning what would look good on each model, deciding from where to buy or hire these dresses and accessories depending on the budget, bringing them to the shoot and actually dressing up the models.


Fashion stylists are also used by celebrities like actors, singers and television hosts. Such stylists are typically referred to as 'celebrity stylists'. Their job is to create a distinct image for the celebrity. The Oscar-winning Bollywood actresses Meryl Streep and Halle Berry owe their glamorous look to stylist Wayne Scot Lucas. In Hollywood too, fashion designer Manish Malhotra turned fashion stylist for Bollywood actresses Karisma Kapoor and Rani Mukherjee to give them a new look.


There is another class of fashion stylists, who are referred to as 'personal stylists' or 'image consultants'. They work with individuals who need a makeover, a complete change of image. Many businesspersons are going in for the services of personal stylists today to build up a different image.




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SHH!!! Shabby Sister Surprises!

Well, I've got some exciting fashion-y things to share with you all today! Are you ready? ;)


To start, I want to take a moment to talk about "tween" fashion. I don't think anyone can ever quite forget what it was like to be an "In-Between" and the difficult fashion and clothing problems that came along with it. It's usually a very awkward stage; all arms and legs. And while trying to adjust to an ever-changing body, finding clothes that fit right and cover is just a nightmare. No longer able to wear the "little girl" clothes, but too small for the women's sizes, it can be hard on a young lady's self esteem when she doesn't have anything that fits or flatters. At least, that's how I remember things...

But... NO MORE!!! Finally, at last, there are some clothing companies surfacing that cater to this age group and provide fabulous designs that both Mom and girls with love. One of these pioneers in modest fashion, Shabby Apple, has just launched their new "tween" line - Shabby Sister - and the results are, quite delicious. Check out these looks - perfect for that budding fashionista!


My sister Kate just received her new "Seventeen" dress last week and loves it to pieces (she says it's so pretty, and she tends to be a tomboy ;). The only thing to keep in mind with this dress is that is does have some extra room for a bust, which my little sis doesn't need at this point. So, I just put a temporary tuck in the front and will alter it for future wear. When Kate was all dressed up I thought that she rather looked like "Alice In Wonderland" and we kept that in mind while taking these pictures (thus the bunny in the first shot :) - isn't she adorable?


If there's a young lady in your life who you think would enjoy a dress of her own, I've got a great deal for you. Shabby Apple is offering AmandaBeth readers 10% off the new Preteen line (as well as any other Shabby Apple purchases) until August 31st!!! Simply enter amandabeth10off in the coupon code box at checkout on the site.

Isn't that nice? :)

I just love this company's beautiful designs! (Oh yeah, and they also have an adorable line for toddlers!) Here's some favorites:


Cats Cradle / Greta Garbo - A lovely variety of colors...

"Shabby Apple welcomes you to great dresses that make dressing simple. After years of not being able to find stylish dresses that covered enough skin to make you really feel comfortable (without wearing a tank top, cardigan or long slip), owners Emily and CK decided to do something about it.They visited trade shows, marketplaces and designer studios only to discover the problem was not that department stores weren't buying the right dresses, but that designers weren't designing them. Shabby Apple is proud to offer you fantastic dresses that allow you to look fabulous, without having to compromise anything else. A return to what dresses were always meant to be-- a one-piece outfit. No need to add anything...no tank tops, no cardigans, nothing (except accessories, of course!)."


Bon Voyage / Some Like It Hot - Such gorgeous details!

"We at Shabby Apple Dresses love to help women dress but are also committed to helping women live as well. Thus we are supporting the fight against global poverty by partnering with Unitus-a non-profit organization that accelerates access to life-changing financial services for those at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Shabby Apple donates 5% of its net dress sales to support work in India (where Shabby Apple Dresses sources many of its dresses the textiles used to manufacture its dresses). In addition, each Shabby Apple Dresses customer has the opportunity to donate an extra five dollars to Unitus every time she buys a dress. Shabby Apple Dresses and Unitus are involved with 10 of India's most promising micro finance organizations that provide financial services to more than 1.6 million hard-working women and their families."


Washington Square Park / Upper East Side - Vintage-inspired looks! Yum...

And, although I've already done my monthly Classic Actress Style and shared a video, here's one of my favorite "Judy" clips, since we're already on the subject of "In-Between."


If I haven't made you thoroughly love her by now, there's no hope for you. ;)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Cufflinks and the Psychology of Men's Fashion

Cufflinks and the Psychology of Men's Fashion

Men's FashionRegardless of the current economy and the rather gloomy predictions, the demand for cufflinks is undoubtedly growing today. And that includes designer brands as well.


A pair of diamond cufflinks, vintage cufflinks, or gold or silver cufflinks, may well cost over a thousand dollars, but it's still quite affordable compare to other luxuries in life.


The demand for cufflinks as a fashion trend has lead to the idea of mass producing. The most intricate details of cufflinks are still hand-crafted. The devotion, artistry, and personal touch of the jeweler are also embedded on the pair of cufflinks. Often times in jewelry making, we consider the material or stones used, but we cannot deny the fact that the human element in contributes also to the overall value of jewelry. The demand for such jewelry like cufflinks, regardless of value, is an evident proof of the playing psychology in fashion. Many may not readily see it or seem to care about it, but psychology plays a crucial role in fashion both in the clothes and accessories we wear.


Each piece has certain attributes that portrays something. The combination of clothes and accessories one puts on gives away a piece of the bearer's fashion taste, personality, and character.


Generally, like domino effect, good looks result to good feelings, and good feelings adds to self-confidence. Most colors imply certain attributes. Blue and white are popularly associated with peace. Red is striking and emotional. Black is generally authoritative and versatile. A good understanding of what colors may portray is important.




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Home Fashion: The Fashion Of Modern Occupants

Home Fashion: The Fashion Of Modern Occupants

home fashionHome furnishing or soft furnishing is the latest trend in the business of fashion today. Lifestyle furnishing has become a mix of aesthetics, comfort, colours and designs. The prints for curtains vary from animals, to soft toys, cartoons and candies; the same is applicable for rugs, bed sheets, duvet covers and cushions.


Curtains can surely make the room look more attractive. Generally fabrics for sewing curtains are 54 inches wide or extra wide at 110 inches or 118 inches. Curtains with well-designed features like noise and light reduction are being particularly produced for exports. The options are many; curtains are available in every size, colour, fabric and designs like stripes, checks, floral, woven, printed, etc. Tab-top curtains have fabric loops on the top to which a rod is fixed. Tap-top curtains are a latest trend that is common in modern homes.


Many traditional Indian weaves and embroideries are being done all over India on the home furnishings products. Many home furnishing companies are making these products with handlooms. The Indian home furnishings market is around Rs 15,000 crore, of which the organised market is about Rs 1,000 crore. Raymond provides the widest range of colours to satisfy the various colour requirements of interiors in Home furnishings. Home Solutions is establishing chain of home stores, committed to all things that would be required for setting up, decorating and furnishing a home. Recently, Portico, a premium Home Decor & furnishings brand introduced its premium and 'Sparkly' range.


At present the home furnishings segment is considered a flourishing sector in the textile industry. Domestic and export markets are both booming for home furnishings.


Retail ambience, coordinated product ranges; in-store display; point-of-purchase promotional literature on the product features as well as the company's lineage and superior in-store service are some of the primary actions that home furnishing companies must take. We require building up more colour and design sensitive people to work in this segment. Cushion covers and curtains are the more demandable products. Brown sofas are outdated; people need lively colours like blue and red. A few years ago consumers never demanded highly branded home furnishing products, but now they are very well aware about new products and brands in the market, though brand awareness in this segment is still low.




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80s Fashion Trends and How To Wear Them Today

80s fashionBy Amber McNaught


80s fashion. We thought it would never come back to haunt us, but somehow it did, and suddenly we find leggings, neon and Raybans filling the stores once more.


But how on earth are you supposed to wear 80s fashion items in the "noughties" without looking like a tragic throwback? Here are some ideas


Leggings


Worn in the 80s over huge, batwinged sweaters and oversized tees, the key to making leggings work for you these days is to layer them. And then layer them some more. Think of leggings, not as pants (Heaven forbid!) but as hosiery, and wear them with dresses and skirts to create a look that's warm in the winter, and will let you get away with shorter skirts than you'd otherwise dare to wear in the warmer months.


Legwarmers


Remember Flashdance? That's not the look we're going for these days, so relax. Leggings are no longer worn over leotards and leggings (see above), but under tall boots in the winter. They'll keep your legs toasty, make those too-wide boots fit your legs better, and they look pretty cute, too. And if you're really hankering after the 'Kids from Fame' look, you can always wear them around the house


Neon


Neon featured heavily on the catwalks for Spring/Summer 08, and we're starting to see lots of it filtering through to the stores. The key to this look is always "less is more", so rather than going for neon dresses, skirts, sweaters or pants, choose brightly coloured accessories instead you're much less likely to regret them later!


Finally, it's always good to remember that not all fashion trends were created equal. Eighties trends like huge shoulder pads, power suits and poodle perms are probably best left back in the decade that created them!


80s fashion




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Trendy Thigh High Boots in Vogue

Trendy Thigh High Boots in Vogue

Fashion VogueAre you a crazy fashion freak of thigh high boots? Are you looking for the trendy thigh high boots in vogue? Erotic - Donald J Pliner's Collection of Sexy Thigh High Boots


Look extremely seductive in this animal print 'Erotic' over-the-knee boots from the flamboyant designer Donald J Pliner's collection of sexy boots. Animal print boots have been this seasons top picks by many style conscious women. Pleaser USA Legend 8868


Wow Red thigh high boots! This Legend 8868 thigh boots from Pleasure USA are designed with sleek pull-on design to fit your feet snugly and comfortably. Fill your dreams with splendor by pairing these boots on your glamorous feet and touch the skies of pure fashion.


Vanity 3020 thigh high boot is another masterpiece of Pleasure USA that makes you appear bold and ravishing. These black thigh high boots are a pure luxe design that flatters many girls regardless of age. How wonder it will be to pair these sexy boots with tight black leather skirt. You will look extremely sensuous with this lace-up thigh high boots when paired with hot and sexy bikinis.


Latex thigh high boots are the real 'go-to' boots, if you want to look flirtatious and sexy. These boots come with lace-up front and also a side-zipper. Pair your sexy feet with these fetish over-the-knee boots and entice men with your sensuous appearance.




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Finding Fashion Inspiration in History

By Koh Tze Yin


A LITTLE HISTORY:


Southeast Asia is made up of colossal number of ethnic cultures, including the Nyonya's: Nyonya's is a name used for the culture of the early Chinese immigrants in Malacca on the Malaysian Peninsula, they later increased with the British straights settlements in Singapore and Penang after intermarriages with the Malay population. The Nyonya kebaya first appeared in Baba Nyonya culture only at the beginning of the twentieth century. The Nyonya kebaya was first formed by the Peranakan people of Malacca. Subsequently, the kebaya was worn at a time when the world around was changing, as the world changed so did the way the kebaya was made and worn, the progression of its manner is remarkable. The kebaya has generally been around for over a century, however, its traditional, cultural value and historical claim is never changing.


ABOUT THE NYONYA KABAYA:


fashion historyThere is a story behind every Nyonya kebaya: when it was made, where it was made, who it was made by, what it was made for and the occasion for which it was made. In terms of creativity, some kebayas stand out more then others. It is a promise that the more lavish the kebaya the more prolific the story for tales are embroidered upon the material. Working on the creation a kebaya is monotonous and demanding, it takes up to six uninterrupted hours a day to slave away at a sewing machine to perfect a segment of a kebaya. Kebaya tailors are usually women who inherit the art from their mothers or other women in their family. The main distinction of the Nyonya kebaya from other kebayas is that the fabric used for the top is sheer, sometimes it is voile, georgette, or gauze cotton. Because the top is so translucent, these days, underneath women will wear a lacy shirt or a contrasting bra. Therefore, there are two well known basic styles of the Nyonya kebaya, the first one is a long jacket also referred to as kebaya labuh the second is with a short jacket also known as kebaya pandek; both very distinctive in Nyonya culture.


THE DYING ART:


The art of kebaya is seemingly perceived as fading in fault of both worlds. For the artists who take it to the grave, who refuse to pass down the skill to the next generation, and to the next generation that don't care enough to learn nor lack the passion to want to preserve it. It was only recently when I met Kim, a very well-known yet humble tailoress who has dedicated her life to perfecting her craft. She had told us that the prime minister's wife, Datin Seri Endon Mahmood, for whom she has fitted a kebaya for before, had asked her to share the art, to not take it to the grave. She agreed. When she speaks of the Kebaya her passion transcends, she strongly wishes to conserve the art but she too feels, there is a probability that it will fade. When I had asked her why students are not excelling in the ability of kebaya-making she had responded by saying "Usually students will never be as good as making the kebaya as their teachers, today they are interested in other things. It's more then just learning how to sew, they have to have the gift." And a gift it is indeed, walking through Kim's store, her artistry is certainly impeccable, I noticed that some of her most intricate embroideries are even suitable for weddings. As a perfectionist she is very aware of how the kebaya should fit the body, where, and how it should be pinned to each individual shape. Before I had recently tried on a kebaya I knew little of it, after fitting on a few with different styles: one with a traditional skirt, another with regular jeans. I strongly feel like it would be a great loss for generations to come if it were to grow fainter as it is doing so presently. The kebaya, as I have learned, is more then just an aesthetically beautiful blouse, it is also part of history, a culture, and to wear one is to wear a story. The mysterious art of kebaya should be uncovered to contemporary fashion. To women worldly.




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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Fashion History

Fashion History - Creating Your Own Fashion Legacy

Fashion HistoryIt's an amazing piece of a historic event - the role that FASHION will play - and rightfully so. By now, if you were up early, you saw Michelle Obama leave her (very) temporary residence in a golden yellow brocade dress with a matching long jacket and long silk scarf - smiling and waving to news crews as she entered St. John's Church in Washington DC with her husband - the 44th president of our country. It really matters.


Clothing isn't just something to buy, wear, and toss away. For plus size women, there's also the tremendous honor of having some great fashion in the right size when the young women in your life are struggling - both financially and with their identities. Even plus size women like Oprah Winfrey have shared that finding the right dress in her size has driven her to tears on the MOST special occasions, like the Emmy's.


You will be more than the hero when you have that gorgeous plus size little black dress for someone's special New Year's Eve - or a beautiful plus size blouse to accent a great suit for that big interview. As plus size women, we KNOW how important it is to dress to impress and dress for success!




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