Sunday, September 30, 2007

Fashion, fashion, everywhere!

I woke up to the sound of steady rain this morning, and the sun wouldn't show itself the entire day. It would have been the perfect day to stay inside for a marathon sewing session, but I had places to go and people to see.

Notice the cute tape measure tied around Diana's neck!

First, I visited Diana who was volunteering on behalf of ASG at Swap-O-Rama-Rama. It was part of a larger sustainability festival happening this weekend. There was a huge pile of donated clothing available for refashioning, and all the sewing machines were whirring away with kids and adults creating "new" garments.

Next, I went to a fashion show put on by students of Bunka Women's University. Bunka is a fashion school in Tokyo, Japan, and for the past several years they have been holding fashion shows in the US and France. Eleven collections were presented, each with different music and theme. I was really impressed, the details were phenomenal. I have to thank Diana for turning me on to this event, she wasn't able to attend because of her commitment to the Swap-O-Rama. But, Bunka is going to do this again in Seattle, so, next year Diana!

(My photography improved over time as I fiddled with my camera during the course of the show. You can click on any picture for a larger image.)

Black pleather & feathers.

Metallic & futuristic.

Very cool layers - a modern take on traditional Japanese attire.

Everything in this collection was knit and in pastel colors.

Simple dress styles featuring beautiful embroidery.

Expressing your individuality when you've got to wear a school uniform.

I loved these looks - colorful pom pom trim set against bold plaids.

Strong menswear theme.

I wish I had a better picture of this - extremely intricate pleating, poofing; just amazing.

Formalwear, and a bride!

The talented designers.


Geek Sewing said...

Picture of me: ugh. I looked tired. But you: picture perfect! I can't thank you enough for taking pictures of the Bunka fashion show. You're amazing! Now I don't feel so bad missing it. Next year, definitely!

Kitty Couture said...

You must have had a fantastic time! Thank you for posting those inspiring pictures. I LOVE the embroidered dresses and really, really have to keep that in a corner of my mind and do it some day.

Thank you for the inspiration!