Obsessed with Embellishment

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Rock Lobster !

If I could have music on my blog, you'd now be listening to "Rock Lobster" by the B-52's! I just love this jacket by John Galliano from the Dior Fall 2006 couture collection.

I like it because it really does look like a lobster. I live in New England and I've been eating them all my life. I know lobster anatomy!

And the lobster tail hat! ! It's very Surrealist, and very Elsa Schiaparelli. I have only one complaint - it's not 3-D, as you can see from the runway shot. But when I win the lottery I will have Dior make mine a true hat.

So the big question is - what can we learn from this thing? First off - the beading is really witty and wonderful, and there are lots of ideas to steal. Pearls, of course, are perfect for a garment with an ocean theme, and the mix of different size pearls (ivory and colored), crystals (marquis and round) adds a lots of interest while keeping the embellishment toned down just enough. I also like the little paisleys and curlicues beaded down the center front of the jacket and along the edges of the lobster shell. Zoom into the jacket on the larger photo and notice how the different sizes of beads, pearls and crystals are combined along the edges. The feathery edges themsleves look like bird feathers.

My guess is that all of this embellishment was added after the garment was sewn. There must be a backing underneath the fashion fabric because this embellishment is likely on the heavy side.

I'm sure some people think this garment looks like a costume from a Disney On Ice production of the The LIttle Mermaid, but you just can't deny this is something really spectacular. Sure - it's waaaay over top, and is probabley a perfect example of what most peope think is wrong with modern couture, but I think the embellishment is magnificent!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phyllis, I really enjoy the examples you are using and appreciate you pointing out guidelines for using embellishment well.
Keep up the good work - and have fun with it!

9:39 AM  
Blogger Summerset said...

It's very clever! Truly amazing and one of a kind. The annual Lobster Festival in Rockland, ME I'm sure has nothing on this crustacean couture.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Marji said...

I do too, think it's fabulous! Just as the Butterfly dress in the window of the Seattle bridal salon was one of the most awesome dresses I've ever seen. And way over the top.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Summerset said...

*That* was a fab dress! I saved a pic in my picture file of that one for future reference.

3:55 PM  
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