I was inspired by Fortuny desisgns.Fortuny created a pleating technique and I wanted to use crystal pleated fabric. I had to use pleated fabric when draping the design. Seaming and finishing techniques had to work around the pleats of the fabrics.
To push myself creatively
I fell in love with Fortuny after seeing an exhibit at the Costume Institute in New York. My research included various books on Fortuny designs as well as other designers who use Fortuny as their inspiration. Mary McFadden created Fortuny inspired designs. I wanted to update the design concept and make it fresh and current.
Understand the challenge and watch your proportions