Gene Kelly Dancing

Gjon Mili photographed for LIFE from 1939 until his death in 1984.
He photographed many celebrities from Gene Kelly to Pablo Picasso.
Mili trained as an engineer and was extremely interested in technology. He was actually one of the first people to use the electric flash for photography.
I think his work reflects his love for technology because it truly captures movement and is so dynamic and expressive..

Nora Kaye Dancing

Picasso Drawing

Girl Skipping


Anna Sui

November 10, 2012

So, I know it’s been too long since I last posted. I’ve been really busy and have recently moved to New York. I’m currently doing an internship at Anna Sui. It’s a bit of a big step for me, moving to another country and seeing how the fashion industry really works, but I’ve learnt a lot of really interesting things.

The Anna Sui Offices

Before I began working at Anna Sui, I had never really known much about Anna’s fashion. I had heard of her of course, but all I knew was that she used a lot of print and made somewhat cutesy dresses. However the more I look at her clothes, the more I admire her designs.

Anna Sui’s first collection was released in 1991. She has won a range of awards and has shops all over the world. Her shows often feature top models and she has various collaborations with companies such as Anthropologie, Target and Coach.

Look from Spring 2013

Anna Sui’s designs are often inspired by a mix of romanticism and punk, as well as a lot of vintage, history and art. It seems like a random combination, yet the way Anna does it seems to work. While I don’t think you can see strong influences in every design, when you watch a collection on the catwalk, you can definitely see both of these influences running throughout meshed together with floral prints. I was actually lucky enough to get to watch the Spring 2013 fashion show live and work with the collection before and after the show. I was amazed at how the garments looked dynamic on the catwalk, yet were very wearable for day-to-day life. I think it is this combination which has kept Anna Sui’s such strong fan base..

Famous Owl Hat from Fall 2012

Forties Inspired Prints

‘I love history. I love art. I like to mix it all together, but in the end it somehow has to all make sense.’ – Anna Sui

Anna Sui

Little Black Dress

April 6, 2012

‘One is never over, or underdressed with a little black dress.’ – Karl Lagerfeld

A Bit of Vintage Dior…

January 17, 2012

Dior released his ‘New Look’ in 1947.
These dresses featured a typical hourglass silhouette and often used metres of luxurious, elegant fabric.
They were a form of indulgance after the second world war and in my opinion, they are the definition of vintage, classic glamour.
The above two pictures are photographed at the time, showing a dresses from 1948/9.
I love these, yet I also love the two photos below, which show more glitzy designs..

Venus Dress 1949

Junon Dress 1949


January 5, 2012

I am currently in loveee with Marchesa. There designs are actually stunning and completely unique.
On Voguepedia (my fashion bible!) it says ‘If fashion week is like high school, Marchesa is the prom queen.’
Their dresses are high fashion yet are also soft, with a feminine elegance to them.
I would love to be able to design and make dresses as they do, and aspire to do so one day..