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Tweed and feathers

Added Dec 14, 2011

by ThomasLeeDes...

Olcott, New York...






This past october I was lucky enough to be one of the featured designers for Mercedes Benz of Buffalo Fashion Week 2011. I showed at The Mansion on Deleware, a beautiful and classy building that set a theame for the event… High end. They wanted the show to be bold, high fashion based designs, that told a story and spoke of my inspiration well.

I had 2 inspirations, both a bit diffrent, but in them I gave birth to my collection. Romeo and Juliet & The song “Black Bird”. I pulled the idea of freedom, love and passion from both inspirations, the idea of being free but struggling to be so… Free to love, free to leave, free to express. So I took that thought and pulled a mix of lace,satin,tweed,wool,feathers and hand beaded into my sewing room… The next few of my projects I post will be from this collection, I hope you enjoy!

- This design was one of my personal favorits. I took a black and white checked tweed material and black ostrich feathers with hand beaded turquoise for a pop of color. (I didn’t want to rely on bold bright colors ot make the collection strong, I wanted ot make a bold design that spoke for itself)
The design has boning from the waist to the neckline, to allow it to stay up, as it’s very low cut in the back, and has little to help hold it up other than the shape and zipper… The zipper is left exposed and seen, I first did it hidden, but thought when I had it shown it looked more edgy and diffrent. I know alot of people aren’t going to like that fact, but fashion is art, and art is opinion… so with my opinion and my design I left he zipper exposed. lol! :)

Material Notes

Tweed,Turqouise beads, metal boning, ostrich feathers, thread, metal zipper




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Other, Preppy, Punk, Rock, Romantic, Vintage



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    Dec 15, 2011, 05.46 AMby Denise Angela

    So gorgeous..love this…I am making a white dress with the feathers on the bottom too but cant get it to hang quite right!

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      Dec 16, 2011, 09.17 PMby ThomasLeeDesigns

      What kind of fabric did you use for hte white dress? You may need to do a few thigns to make the feathers/hem line fall the way you want? Not sure though… tweed was stronger than the weight of the feathers so it held it’s shape perfectly!

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    Dec 15, 2011, 02.42 AMby KthnHrzg

    Wow. Wanted it as soon as I saw it! Now for the shoes…

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    Dec 15, 2011, 12.12 AMby blueartisan

    Best use of tweed I have ever seen! Awesome!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 08.31 PMby turtlegirl00

    i love it! i love the contrast of the sturdy tweed with the whimsical feathers—unique without being over the top.

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      Dec 16, 2011, 09.15 PMby ThomasLeeDesigns

      Thank you! Thats what I wanted, was to rely on the textures,and shape of the designs rather than colors for my last collection!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 07.20 PMby LéonaDy

    Awesome project!!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 07.18 PMby TheSewingStudio

    Love, Love, LOVE it!

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