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Esprit d'un pays

Added Aug 4, 2008

by aaronkok

Singapore, Singa...






After a long hiatus, I created this dress for a Lee Jeans Competition. I was given a pair of Lee Cooper jeans to translate into something that inspires from the phrase “British Lifestyle”. I took my inspiration from the historical castles of Britain, and adopted the idea of creeping moss down a brick wall. I picked the sand tone to represent the latter and black French lace for the former. For the waist yoke, I used the denim jeans I was given and did some silkscreening to it using the colours of the Union Jack. I made the strips tattered to create the weathered look of a flag having lived through war. It’s the battles fought for the glory of the country, the spirit of regal beings and the beauty of untouched history that truly marvels me. Summary: Cocktail skirt with train and hand-applique lace, with denim yoke. French-seamed, babylocked edges.

Material Notes

Denim in Dk blue, Soft tulle in cream, Tudong chiffon in rose pink, Black French lace, silkscreen.





Jennifer for the drafting help,

Clar, Peiyun and Kaeting for their crit,

Mom and Tarmi for the help with the lacework

Qian Wei – Model

Vincent Ng – Photographer

Clarion & Vivian – Assistants

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    Aug 5, 2008, 08.32 AMby aaronkok

    sewella: thank you so much for the kind words. I had a bit of trouble with the inspiration but once I found that spark, it just kept coming — skirt and photo and all! glad you enjoyed it. it drives me to do what i do best. (:

    karencilla: thanks alot for the compliment! haute couture is an artform for every fashion designer and a dream to hone their skills at. i can only work hard and hope for the day i actually do haute couture! haha.

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    Aug 4, 2008, 11.28 AMby karencilla

    This is so haute couture! i love it! great great job!!

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    Aug 4, 2008, 07.46 AMby sewella

    You have captured the British Lifestyle greatly; My compliments for the perfect creation. I immensely enjoyed your description and I am truly exalted by the vividness of you imagination. The photograph is also a masterpiece!

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