Part 1: Design Trust for Public Space: HERE
Part 2: R& C Apparel: HERE
The third stop on our tour of the Garment Center is Fashion Design Concepts. While Samanta Cortes, designer and president was not available on our surprise visit, her sister Aimee was kind enough to show us around the studio. If you are looking for amazing, couture-level details for your designs and/or things you have never even imagined, Fashion Design Concepts is certainly the place to go. On their website they say they are oftened referred to as “the Lesage of America” and we completely agree. Amazing talent, fast turn around time and unbelievable artisanship. When given unimaginable deadlines they can work around the clock with their talented artisans coming in to work “night shifts” to complete the project. While we were there we got to see a design-in-progress from start to finish:
The top image is the machine stitching the cording (which will become the edges) to the material but what you will see in the video below is that every single stitch is controlled by a man or woman working the machine. Then the spirals are cut in to strips and that is what you can see hanging in the two middle photos. And lastly (bottom), they are stitched in to a fabric likely to create voluminous 3-D spiral/ flowers on evening gowns.
And in action:
(If the video isn’t showing, please click HERE to view on YouTube!)
View more of their techniques HERE.
Alive and Well in the Garment Center could not be more appropriate. In the city that never sleeps it’s comforting to know that some of the people staying up all night are creating Fashion Art that we may be lucky enough to wear some day.
Here’s to Fashion Design Concepts and a Happy Holiday Season.
Look Great. Feel Great. Do Great.