© Deborah J. Nelson/Satin Stitches Ltd.
I am thrilled that one of my favorite blogs is still being read on this blog site, titled-Should Awards Shows Provide Inspiration for Dance Costume Designs?
Of course! Did you enjoy watching the Emmy Awards this past Sunday evening? With two full hours of Red Carpet shows, the actual broadcast, and then at least two full hours of recapping what was worn, it has been thrilling.
Strapless gowns and still some one-shouldered necklines.
Interesting embellishments created from the same fabrics that the gowns are made of, and clunky paillettes or sequins, and of course-rhinestones.
I enjoyed the strapless looks that had more of a peaked center, rather than a more ordinary straight across look. An example was the totally embellished column gown worn by Claire Danes. It was stunning, right?
Another feature of January’s gown was the part of the high-low hemline. This was also part of the panned Alexander McQueen dress worn by Anne Paquin. This skirt hemline was discussed by fashionistas on the Fashion Police, as trendy. I am sure Latin ballroom dancers recognize the look, and have taken advantage of this hemline for decades!
Another trend that was not necessarily picked up by the Fashion Police and fashionistas was all the interesting pleating. I noticed it right away.
As with most everything designed, details come and go. And this is the same for embellishments for gowns and costumes. Specialty pleating was very popular in the eighties. There seems to be resurgence in pleats.
Other types of pleats include knife pleating, box pleating, inverted box pleating, and accordion pleating. Pleats can be pressed or unpressed, and small pleats that are referred to as tucks.
At Satin Stitches, I was recently asked if I could find mint green pleated fabric. Seems like a reasonable question, right? But, no, you generally cannot FIND pleated fabric. You either make the pleats yourself, or you buy fabric and send it out to be pleated. There are companies that specialize in pleating and usually other types of detailing, such as custom belting or other such embellishments. Unfortunately they are becoming harder to find, as our United States garment manufacturing industry continues to struggle against the low prices of the foreign manufacturers. Of course it will not be very cost effective to send a few yards of fabric to the Far East, for example to have pleats done. I hope it will not come to that.
Please buy American! Just a tad of editorializing here, sorry!
But keep watching the fancy, sometimes boring Awards shows, for lots of ideas and inspirations for new dance costume designs!