Posts Tagged ‘gothic’

Darkwood Fables – Gothic Trappings in the Forest

As the cool autumn air creeps in again, it only feels right to come back to our long tradition of Lab Projects, our initiative to experiment, collaborate and innovate to see just what can be done with the art of embroidery. While many of our recent ones have been done with our own Urban Threads artists, we thought we’d revisit the spectacular level of grandeur from the Clockwork Natura Gown, and work with another amazing alternative designer.

For this challenge we were excited to work with the dark and lovely stylings of Scoundrelle’s Keep, a local seamstress and designer who has been working Urban Threads embroidery into her fashions for quite some time. We were so impressed with what she was doing with UT embroidery, we just had to invite her to do an exclusive project with the newest fall collection, Gothic Nouveau. It was perfect, because she certainly has a flair for the dark and the dramatic, and that’s just what we were going for with these new designs.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

With this Lab project, we wanted to really explore what clean and elegant embroidered shapes can do to enhance apparel. Big, bold designs in multi-colors are fun and eye-catching, but sometimes you want your embroidery to become part of a piece, instead of just an accent on top of it.

We designed the Gothic Nouveau collection to be simple, dark and timeless. One color, with a focus on elegant shapes and motifs that could be easily used on different areas of apparel and projects to bring them to life. This time, instead of just a gown, we invited her to try and create a couples set, a matching creation that shows these designs can be used for everyone. It’s especially refreshing to get a creation for guys into the mix!

She of course, did not disappoint, and is here today to talk about this amazing couples collection that just seemed destined for dark wanderings, romance, and a dance in the woods…

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

What is your story as a designer?

I fell in love with corsetry over a decade ago, and their unavailability at the time really spurred me into action, trying to make one for myself. Those early attempts snowballed, and I am now comfortable with their creation and design, so much so that I can say I’ve made well over a thousand of them.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

I branched out into entire outfits and accent pieces, always with an eye to higher-end gowns and outfits, and I love each look I make. I design and create for brides, and I create for costumes and personal wear. Its a broad range, and I love the people I meet through this career.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

What kinds of fashions do you gravitate to when you’re creating?

A lot of people seem to shy away from saying that they are alternative fashion, but I don’t mind at all. I mean, my designs definitely will never fit in the mainstream fashion world, and I wouldn’t try and tone myself down to be accepted as such. I love the dark, the fantasy, the details. I love a smooth curve, accenting the body’s natural gifts and going far beyond.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

I love being a fairy godmother, helping women (and some men!) transform into the ideal they’ve always been dreaming of. Victorian and steampunk, even rococco and nouveau, all of it inspires me in different ways.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

What was your concept of this dress and vest?

We decided that the theme should be “masquerade,” and I really felt that it flowed naturally through these pieces. I wanted a female who was elegant, dark, aloof, and powerful, and a courtier that played well to vying for her hand for a dance.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

As a special treat for this project, I got to revisit my modeling role and try on another amazing embroidered creation. This time I was joined by the dashing Leo Bruslavtsev, who does a darn good job of making embroidered goods look fierce. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the mad fashion talents of Scoundrelle’s Keep. If you’re as in love with this outfit as I am, you can visit her online store or check out her facebook to get your own embroidered creation.

Of course, be sure to also grab your own Gothic Nouveau designs (on SALE for a limited time) to get working your own dark and magical creations for this spooky season, and dare to create something worthy of a storybook fantasy in the woods.

 
This project is part of The Lab, a UT initiative to experiment, collaborate and innovate to see just what can be done with the art of embroidery.
 
Check out all of the past Urban Threads Lab projects here.

The Corvus Cloak – Wearable Fashion for Everyday Fairytales

Today is another long-awaited addition to our line of Lab projects designed to push the boundaries of embroidery and the imagination of our team. This lab project is a repeat performance of artist Dani, who decided to come back for her favorite season after last year’s amazing Gothic Loli dress and try her hand at another project…

Many of our fashion-based Lab projects focus on the fantastical, but this year Dani decided to make something she could wear practically through the season. Of course, a gal who gallivants around with fabulously purple hair and space tights on a regular basis has a decidedly awesome sense of what “everyday” wearables means. For this year’s autumn project, she took inspiration with a few newly released gothic designs, most notably the new Toile Noir collection.

With her theme of the raven (known as Corvus in Latin) and utilizing the unique interlocking qualities of the Toile Noir series, she created a brocade of embroidery to emblazon the back of the cloak, and made something unique for the season that’s just perfect for exploring the woods on those crisp fall days. 

Today Dani is here to tell us a bit in her own words what inspired this project…

The Corvus Cloak - Artist Dani is back in this latest project from the UT Lab, where she uses the Toile Noir collection to stitch a brocade of dark loveliness and show how to rock your everyday fairytale fashions in the woods.

I had so much fun making the Gothic Loli Dress last year that I knew I wanted to do another Lab project for this Halloween. While last year’s dress was fun to wear to Halloween parties, the frills and corset made it not so practical on a day-to-day basis. With Minnesotan falls being usually frigid, I thought a cozy cloak would be ideal for this time of year.

The Corvus Cloak - Artist Dani is back in this latest project from the UT Lab, where she uses the Toile Noir collection to stitch a brocade of dark loveliness and show how to rock your everyday fairytale fashions in the woods.

While I wanted the cloak to be more utilitarian than the Loli Dress, I didn’t want to lose the dark glamour that I’m all about. So, I started with a sketch of the cloak, deciding on a raven theme and taking inspiration from modern neo punk fashion in the dramatic cut of the design.

The Corvus Cloak - Artist Dani is back in this latest project from the UT Lab, where she uses the Toile Noir collection to stitch a brocade of dark loveliness and show how to rock your everyday fairytale fashions in the woods.

I scoped out this BurdaStyle cape pattern to use as a base for the cloak, thinking of how I could modify the pattern to fit the look I envisioned. I knew I could pretty easily change the hem of the pattern, so I went all out–going for an extreme high-low asymmetrical hem with trailing tails and a double-breasted front.

The Corvus Cloak - Artist Dani is back in this latest project from the UT Lab, where she uses the Toile Noir collection to stitch a brocade of dark loveliness and show how to rock your everyday fairytale fashions in the woods.

I originally designed this with the Ghost Baroque series in mind, selecting out the bird skull crest and raven designs to go with the raven theme. However, upon seeing the first few sketches of Toile Noir I knew I wanted to incorporate the raven design from that series as well.

The Corvus Cloak - Artist Dani is back in this latest project from the UT Lab, where she uses the Toile Noir collection to stitch a brocade of dark loveliness and show how to rock your everyday fairytale fashions in the woods.

I found some awesome brass bird skull buttons, and the first thing I thought was “sparkly toile gradient…”

There was a bit of a challenge in getting the gold to transition to black, but with the color stop in the Toile Noir designs and three days of embroidering, I got it to look just fine.

The Corvus Cloak - Artist Dani is back in this latest project from the UT Lab, where she uses the Toile Noir collection to stitch a brocade of dark loveliness and show how to rock your everyday fairytale fashions in the woods.

Now that this is done I just want to wear it all the time because it is so snuggly and warm!

The Corvus Cloak - Artist Dani is back in this latest project from the UT Lab, where she uses the Toile Noir collection to stitch a brocade of dark loveliness and show how to rock your everyday fairytale fashions in the woods.

If you’re as bold in your fashions as Dani is and in love with this cloak, you’re in luck. Next Friday, Dani joins us again to give am exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at the making of this cloak, so you can see just how it was constructed, and whip yourself up something equally wicked (and cozy) for the season. In the meantime, be sure to grab your Toile Noir collection and try your hand at stitching up everything from one to a magical brocade of designs too!

 
This project is part of The Lab, a UT initiative to experiment, collaborate and innovate to see just what can be done with the art of embroidery.
 
Check out our other projects by searching for the UT Lab tag.

Fridays At The Office

Behind the scenes peeks at life and work at the Urban Threads office

Artist Dani (one of our resident Halloween Queens) puts the finishing touches on an upcoming gothicly glam Lab project – coming next week!

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Quick Pic – Soul Stealer

Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest chosen from images off facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

soul_stealer

All I’ll say about this, is that this quilt is called the Soul Stealer, and it was created from dreams. If that’s enough to get you intrigued, then you need to read more about this amazing quilt over on Becca’s Blog.

Fit In

Why fit in when you were born to stand out

Happy Halloween in July everyone. Forget the norm. Make it Halloween every day!

Quick Pic – Gothic Glam Bag

Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest chosen from images off facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

The best and brightest ideas from Urban Threads customers from facebook, flickr and instagram and more.

UK stitcher Pendulous Threads makes all kinds of amazing bags and gothic accessories, and this one really shines. She used the dimensional Baroque Punk rose beautifully to accent the whole piece.

See more of her bags and even snap up some for yourself over on her website.

Quick Pic – Sleeping Beauty

Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest chosen from images off facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

The best and brightest ideas from Urban Threads customers from facebook, flickr and instagram and more.

Stitcher Judith is back again with this amazing dark Sleeping Beauty themed dress. We saw her work before on stunning wonderland projects, but this dark dress is taken to a whole new level. The subtle roses from the Gothic Gala collection are stitched all over the dress in a deep, blood red, which her daughter models to lovely effect. Such a gorgeous image!