"I think glamour all the time. I wake up in the morning and I'm already thinking glamour."
|Versace Spring 2017 Couture|
The first haute couture house in Paris was established in 1958 by Englishman Charles Frederick Worth. Rather than being simply a dressmaker, he was an artist. There have been many more to follow Mr. Worth, including the rocker-glam leader of the fashion world, Versace.
Gianni Versace started his clothing line in the late 70s and debuted his first couture collection in 1989 while always keeping his family working closely alongside him. From the very beginning, Versace used innovative materials in his designs, such as metal mesh and a unique blend of rubber and leather.
Gianni's sister, Donatella, has kept Versace going strong through the years and did not disappoint with the latest couture designs based on the theme metamorphosis. There were short dresses paired with gladiator sandals and long gowns showing off hourglass silhouettes that were the epitome of glamour. Using fresh construction techniques involving knots, pleats, metal, and organic elements, each piece was loaded with texture. Just as the theme suggested, Versace's couture collection was inspired by the beauty of transformation.
I dusted off my sewing machines and started creating again. I designed everything from one-piece rompers and dresses to pants and graphic tops. Using matching white and black fabrics, I even created some of my own prints by making a checkerboard-like pattern and sewing stripes onto fabric. The end result was a mini capsule collection.
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