Irene, 1940’s Hollywood Costume Designer
This gown was inspired by a picture in the August 1951 issue of California Stylist magazine. The bodice is light grey silk chiffon hand rouched with spiral boning for support. The circle skirt is made of a darker grey (Irene was into greys). The scarf that drapes across the front is a grey print, which Irene would not have done but that gives it my own personal interpretation. The the rose colored beading replicates the oversized beading in the picture and is applied by a bezzeling technique.
To push myself creatively
I had an aunt who worked for Irene which is where I got the 1951 magazine. Aunt Barbara could not say enough about the talented Irene. So when Fashion Icon became the topic, my mind naturally went to a woman I had been hearing about all my life. This was my way to pay homage. Doing the research really made me feel like I was able to access the woman’s creative juices giving me the opportunity to learn from her without ever having met her.
This is a competition that will cause your creativity to grow. You can be a bit more luxurious in your choice of materials due to the smaller quantities you will need. The Half-Scale also allows you greater design direction since it is much easier to experiment with. It is well worth the experience. Win or lose, I have a 3 dimensional piece of advertising for my business. And it looks great in my studio too.