Title

Haunting Darkness

Presenter Information

Andrea Eklund

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Madame Gres, Draping, Pleating, couture

Abstract

The purpose of this design was to integrate techniques learned at workshops at the International Textiles and Apparel Association’s annual conferences. I wanted to combine the couture hand sewing technique that was used by Madame Gres in the 1930s and new leather sewing techniques. This design was also to further challenge and develop my design and construction skills. Process: Inspiration for the design came from walking through the historic cemeteries in New Orleans. The beauty of the graves and the darkness of death was combined to create the overall look of the garment. Mimicking the alligator skin using the Madame Gres pleating technique was also critical to executing the design. Techniques: creating the front bodice shapes to mimic the alligator skin was a long and technical process. The size, placement, and angle of the pleated pieces was a tedious process. Each pleated piece was applied to a base garment. Once the pleated appliques were sewn on the base fabric it was carefully attached to the back leather bodice. The pleated skirt was attached to the bodice at the waistline and features a waist stay to support the weight of the skirt. Materials: 100-percent polyester jersey knit, alligator leather, twill tape, hook & eyes, thread.

Poster Number

49

Faculty Mentor(s)

Eklund, Andrea

Additional Mentoring Department

Family and Consumer Sciences

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Haunting Darkness

SURC Ballroom C/D

The purpose of this design was to integrate techniques learned at workshops at the International Textiles and Apparel Association’s annual conferences. I wanted to combine the couture hand sewing technique that was used by Madame Gres in the 1930s and new leather sewing techniques. This design was also to further challenge and develop my design and construction skills. Process: Inspiration for the design came from walking through the historic cemeteries in New Orleans. The beauty of the graves and the darkness of death was combined to create the overall look of the garment. Mimicking the alligator skin using the Madame Gres pleating technique was also critical to executing the design. Techniques: creating the front bodice shapes to mimic the alligator skin was a long and technical process. The size, placement, and angle of the pleated pieces was a tedious process. Each pleated piece was applied to a base garment. Once the pleated appliques were sewn on the base fabric it was carefully attached to the back leather bodice. The pleated skirt was attached to the bodice at the waistline and features a waist stay to support the weight of the skirt. Materials: 100-percent polyester jersey knit, alligator leather, twill tape, hook & eyes, thread.