March 18, 2012

Britex Fabrics - Designer Spotlight Series

On March 15, 2012, Britex Fabrics began celebrating it's 60th year with it's first Designer Spotlight Series. Britex supplies fabric & all things necessary for fashion designers, sewers, dyers and anyone who makes clothing of any type.

This first event in it's series, Bridal & Evening Wear, featured bridal and evening wear by Karen Tierney, Amy-Jo Tatum, Melissa Bolin, Monique Zhang, Helena Chenn and Hester Michael. The incredibly narrow but well-organized, softly lit, almost romantic, store was a perfect venue for the event.
 (click on any image for slideshow)
 photo by Styrous®

photo by Styrous®

Karen Tierney of Studio Trousseau
Her focus is on designing and producing custom-made wedding gowns and unique or historic gowns, and the restoration and preservation of historic gowns. She also does historic costume consultation and construction for theater, film, and ballet; and museum consultation for preservation and dating of vintage textiles.

 photos by Styrous®

Amy-Jo Tatum
She produces extraordinary, one-of-a-kind dresses in her custom design studio, Bridal Alternatives. She was a columnist for the San Francisco Fashion and Art News, has a weekly fashion spot on One Wed blog, founded a networking organization called, The Design Project of San Francisco, and is working on a book called, "Bride Chic", about the special designer/client relationship that creates that special dress every woman dreams about for her wedding.

 Laura Schloss, model (left)
Amy-Jo Tatum, designer (right)

photo by Styrous® 

Melissa Bolin of Kitty Andrews
The inspiration for her art of millinery comes from costuming and haute couture, pin-up and punk rock, and years of traveling abroad and living in Japan. At Kitty Andrews she combines traditional knowledge, techniques and design precedents with a fresh, youthful approach that draws on modern materials and tastes. Each hat is meticulously crafted by hand from the highest quality fabrics, felts and trimmings.

hats by Melissa Bolin 
photo by Styrous®

hat by Melissa Bolin 
photo by Styrous®

hat by Melissa Bolin 
photo by Styrous®

Monique Zhang
She is principal designer and stylist for her high-style, custom design studio, Cicada Couture, near Union Square. The studio features her signature line of special occasion apparel which is also available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and boutiques in New York, Honolulu, Santa Fe and Shanghai.

Helena Chenn is a wardrobe and image consultant. She designs custom couture, wedding gowns and is co-author of the book, "Image Power".

Hester Michael is a fabric artist specializing in custom sewing and pattern making.

Upcoming events in the
Designer Spotlight series:

May 31: Wardrobe Essentials
July 26: Costume amd Corsetry
September 20: Menswear and Shritmaking

Styrous® ~ March 18, 2012


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for everything Max! Fabulous post

    oxoxoxo from San anselmo


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