So, to begin with, there has to be: Inspiration
As you know, if you read this blog, inspiration for me comes in all shapes, colours, forms and textures. Sometimes it is a photo and sometimes it is a scene from a film or an illustration in a book. Many times it is a feeling, an idea sparked by the mood or the atmosphere of a place. But most often it is the drape, the structure, the silhouette created from a beautiful piece of fabric that inspires me to want to make a dress.
The following are just a few of the books that I often refer to.
|Fashion, A History from the 18th Century to the 20th Century|
The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute
|Christian Dior und Deutchland 1947-1957|
|The Complete Fashion Sourcebook|
by John Peacock
|Forties Fashion from Siren Suits to the New Look|
by Jonathan Walford
And, of course, the superb tumblr blog OMG that Dress!
For me, finding inspiration is the easy part...and the most overwhelming!