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My love affair with velvet....


The lovely Melissa wearing my Russian Princess Coat in an iridescent rich brown velvet.

vel·vet /ˈvelvət/ noun: velvet

1) a closely woven fabric of silk, cotton, or nylon, that has a thick short pile on one side.

2) soft downy skin that covers a deer's antler while it is growing.

Once the fabric of Kings, is there anything more luxurious or yummier than velvet? If there is, I've never experienced it. My love affair with velvet started when I was 3 or 4 years old, I was the flower girl for my Aunt Maxine's and my Uncle Horace's wedding. I loved that simple winter white velvet dress. I insisted on wearing it all the time. I think my mother eventually had to hide it from me after it was covered in one too many food stains.

Currently, I have a two piece rich brown velvet pantsuit that I made over 10 years ago. It's one of those things that has such a short window in which to wear, but it's one of my favorite things. This past week, I had the opportunity to wear it twice!!!!

I was so happy. Since we're in the perfect season to wear this yummy fabric, here's some photos of all things velvet. Some are my own creations, some vintage, some contemporary, but all in sumptuous velvet!!! As always, please fell free to comment below and share with friends.

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My big sister and I circa 1966? I insisted on wearing that winter white flower girl dress any chance I could get.

A captivating orange red velvet by Dior 1955. Check out the shoes to match!

Blue Velvet by Jacques Fath 1956

In 1990 Vivian Westwood did a series of dresses she called her Portrait Dresses.

Sumptuous stretch velvet with metallic leaf foil design inspired by the work of 18th century preeminent cabinetmaker, Andre-Charles Boulle.

A green velvet suit from the 1940's. I am ALWAYS on the hunt for a rich deep green velvet.

A stunning red velvet ensemble from the 1960's. Image by by Helmut Newton

Model wearing a purple velvet dress by YSL for Christian DIor, 1958. Jewellery by Vendome. Photo by Philippe Pottier.

A young Frances McLaughlin wearing a blue velvet gown, 1947

I'll leave you with a series of my Princess Bride coat in a winter white crushed velvet modeled by one of my all time favorite models to work with, Jasmine.

Photography by Deena Kelly

Photography by Deena Kelly

There's a reason why this image is on my business cards!!!! Everything about it is perfection!


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It's been said....

“There's more to clothing than just adornment.

It does more than merely change

how the world perceives us.

It changes how we perceive ourselves.”
 

― Jacqueline Carey, Naamah's Kiss

​"One should either be a work of art,

or wear a work of art"
 

― Oscar Wilde

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