This week’s challenge was to use movie and movie experience items to create a movie inspired look, including things found in a concession stand plus those used by people who make movies in things like the lighting, costume, and props departments
Well, I’m telling you that there aren’t a whole lot of items in the last part of that sentence that translate very well into doll-sized designs except for things from the concession stand, and by that I mean candy wrappers in particular. At doll-scale, they’re pretty much a fabric-equivalent, which the PR judges aren’t fond of. And they’re never fond of designs that come off as costume-y. (except sometimes on avant-garde challenges, which this wasn’t.)
My sculptural dress, pieced from Kit-Kat and Red Vines wrappers, was inspired by trendy graphic print dresses. One my model of the week, Cleo DeNile, it does come off a little like Wonder Woman’s cocktail dress, but I’m hoping the fit and construction would impress the judges enough to keep me at least safe.
I’m joining the Project Project Runway challenge over at Just Crafty Enough for the second season in a row. I had a lot of fun last time — it was a great way to push my creativity (and, truth be told, a nice excuse to recapture a bit of childhood playing with dolls for a while.) For the first challenge of the season, designers were asked to create a spring look that they could include in their collection for Fashion Week if they won. There was no budget for this challenge — we could only use materials from our existing stash.
Here’s the look I put down the runway earlier today.
I’ve culled my stash down significantly recently, but still not in danger of having not enough to choose from for this challenge. I wanted to create a look that I would include in my Spring Fashion Week runway show, but I also wanted to make something that my model might actually wear. (Robecca Steam is not your run-of-the-mill muse…) I combined a deep pastel orchid midi skirt with a over-tunic in an edgy orchid and black on ivory print, and topped the whole look with an orchid hand-knit mini-capelet. (Robecca and I both hail from New England, where Spring doesn’t actually equal warm weather.) We made some accessory choices from the Aldo wall, but ended up using Robecca’s own booties in the photo shoot, because they looked just *so* good.