Sunday, January 2, 2011

Ann Carnaby found her "muse"

Costume designer and owner of Tracy Theatre Originals, Ann Carnaby, has found her "muse" in the storage areas of Strawbery Banke Museum's Textile and Costume Collection. She will base her design for the Passion for Fashion exhibition on this ca. 1860s lavender and cornflower blue stripped silk dress. Layer upon layer and yard upon yard with subtle but striking details in the placket and buttons, sleeves with blue ruffle and shoulders. Unfortunately, the dress is in poor condition, with no known provenance.

Ann will not give away any of her plans at the moment, but it is sure to be a spirited and inspired creation. She has already been to NYC looking for fabric and trim. Watch these pages as she shares her progress sketches and thoughts.

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