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Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Untamed... dress featured in Cloud Orchid Magazine!

Featured in Cloud Orchid Magazine
Photography: Vismaya Vijayraj
https://www.facebook.com/ArtbyVismaya
Model: Amber Buehrens
Make up and Hair: Nola Kahn
Designer: Deconstructika by Rosie Rose  https://www.facebook.com/Deconstructika

I am proud to announce that one of my designs has been featured in this July's issue of Cloud Orchid Magazine! Cloud Orchid is an indie fashion magazine based in the Milwaukee/Chicago area, and focuses on dark, alternative high fashion. Here is their website if you would like to learn more, and also the link to purchase this month's issue featuring my clothing. http://cloudorchidmagazine.com/
Cloud Orchid Magazine Issue 04- July 2013

Featured in Cloud Orchid Magazine
Photography: Vismaya Vijayraj
https://www.facebook.com/ArtbyVismaya
Model: Amber Buehrens
Make up and Hair: Nola Kahn
Designer: Deconstructika by Rosie Rose  https://www.facebook.com/Deconstructika



 When I moved to Milwaukee last year, I began searching for photographers that I might work with. One of the first photographers I found who I was really excited about was Vismaya of Colours of Dreams Photography. Unfortunately when I wrote her about working together, she was traveling abroad.


Featured in Cloud Orchid Magazine
Photography: Vismaya Vijayraj
https://www.facebook.com/ArtbyVismaya
Model: Amber Buehrens
Make up and Hair: Nola Kahn
Designer: Deconstructika by Rosie Rose  https://www.facebook.com/Deconstructika

By the time Vismaya was back in Milwaukee and ready to collaborate on a project, I was moving back to Arkansas. We didn't let that stop us though- she sent me a photo for inspiration to create a costume. I made it here in my studio in Arkansas, using the model's measurements as a guide without ever meeting her, and then mailed Vismaya the costume, and she put together the photoshoot. It's a little nerve-wreaking to do shoots this way because I have no chance to see the outfit and make sure it fits properly, or alter it at the last minute if I needed to. But somehow, it always works out.


Featured in Cloud Orchid Magazine
Photography: Vismaya Vijayraj
https://www.facebook.com/ArtbyVismaya
Model: Amber Buehrens
Make up and Hair: Nola Kahn
Designer: Deconstructika by Rosie Rose  https://www.facebook.com/Deconstructika

And if I'm going to be totally honest.... I actually prefer working this way rather than the alternative-- that I go to the photoshoot in person-- because a) I get so nervous the day of a shoot I can't eat all day- just like when I used to do theater, day of the show jitters.
And b) when I go to the shoot, everyone expects me to direct them, which would be fine if it was a standard commercial shoot and I was just telling them how to show my clothing, but for a creative concept like this I think it's better to let the photographer and model have the space and freedom to play with the outfit, and spontaneously brainstorm some amazing ideas. If I'm standing there watching and gasping every time the dress sweeps the floor I think it takes some of the fun out of it, haha!

Featured in Cloud Orchid Magazine
Photography: Vismaya Vijayraj
https://www.facebook.com/ArtbyVismaya
Model: Amber Buehrens
Make up and Hair: Nola Kahn
Designer: Deconstructika by Rosie Rose  https://www.facebook.com/Deconstructika
You may be surprised to learn that the entire ensemble- dress, gloves, and headpiece- are made almost completely from upcycled materials. The sparkly black fabric of the dress was from an amazing vintage jacket that I hemmed up considerably and saved the leftover piece. The sleeves and bodice were made from vintage slips. The headpiece was made by taking a piece of black t-shirt, cutting holes through it and wrapping it with strips of vintage tissue lamé, then adding beads and feathers. The gloves were made from a black cashmere dress that was unfortunately devoured by moths (but there was plenty left for gloves), and embellished with lamé ruffles, chains, and beads.

Featured in Cloud Orchid Magazine
Photography: Vismaya Vijayraj
https://www.facebook.com/ArtbyVismaya
Model: Amber Buehrens
Make up and Hair: Nola Kahn
Designer: Deconstructika by Rosie Rose  https://www.facebook.com/Deconstructika

The pattern for the dress is one that I have been reworking and playing with for a while- I actually used a very similar, slightly revised version of this bodice pattern to make the Film Noir Wedding Gown featured here in my blog a few months back- http://deconstructika.blogspot.com/2013/05/drop-dead-gorgeous.html


Featured in Cloud Orchid Magazine
Photography: Vismaya Vijayraj
https://www.facebook.com/ArtbyVismaya
Model: Amber Buehrens
Make up and Hair: Nola Kahn
Designer: Deconstructika by Rosie Rose  https://www.facebook.com/Deconstructika
You can find my work on my facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Deconstructika, and purchase things at my Etsy shop, http://deconstructika.etsy.com. I also recently joined Instagram and I've been posting photos of my sketches, works in progress, studio, etc. http://instagram.com/deconstructika

Also you can follow the model at her facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/StrawberryHunnieAmberSherry
And the makeup artist, Nola Kahn as well- https://www.facebook.com/Nola.Kahn