I have never been a big follower of fashion, but every now and again I’ll find something by accident which inspires me…these two examples couldn’t be more contrasting if they tried…

2011 Collections…

1.) Deep plum strapless satin organza gown with hand painted floral illustrations,
2.) Deep teal off-shoulder silk gazar draped column with cascade bodice,
3.) Embroidered red illusion dress with appliqué cascade skirt and shoulder,
4.) Porcelain blue duchess dress satin hand draped corset dress with silk tulle inserts, and
5.) Rose blush laser cut sculpted gown.

Russell Sage;
Ready-To-Wear collection, Autumn/Winter 2001/2…

“…Sage’s penchant for mixing antique and modern textiles gives him a unique voice among the latest crop of designers. He really cares about the provenance of fabrics. Who else would send a model outwearing a Victorian chair-cover and a velvet log-cabin patchwork top – or a dark navy silk dress inset with panelled kimono” p.42

“…Russell Sage Is History, questions the intrinsic value of fashion – is something worth more because it is expensive, or because the wearer loves it?” p.42

From; Hoggard, Liz, Making History in Crafts (London, England) no.170 (May/June 2001) pp.42-45