Designing Divas visit Balenciaga in Black at the Kimbell Art Museum

Tuesday, November 27, Designing Divas had a wonderful tour of the Balenciaga in Black exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. They learned how this leader of fashion design used fabric and form to create beautiful artwork. The group will strive to recreate the lines in
some of the designs to create their own patterns.… Read the rest

Mary, Queen of Prints Exhibit  

Adventures with Sheryl and Debby

What a field of eye candy!  Debby Bowles and I made the trek to the design district near downtown Dallas recently to hear a lecture on the history of print in fashion.  It was a very interesting lecture that highlighted 4 designers, all with a unique signature look. … Read the rest

Fashion exhibits now in Dallas

Two beautiful, interesting and inspiring exhibits to view in Dallas.

The exhibition “Reimagining the Kimono,” presented by the Texas Fashion Collection of the University of North Texas is at North Park between Neimans Marcus and Dillards.   It runs now through June 27th.   It features not only traditional Japanese kimonos like the uchikake see in the photo (a formal outer kimono by an unknown designer), but also imagined garments by designers Oscar de la Renta, Halston, Issey Miyake, Balenciaga, Hanea Mori, and Karl Lagerfeld.… Read the rest

It is almost a New Year – Set reasonable goals

Time for reflection, for planning and goal setting.

I am going to encourage you to set reasonable goals for 2017.  I would characterize myself as someone who attempts to over achieve.  I have lots of plans for lots of great designs, projects, paintings and more.   In my mind, I think, I can lose ## pounds, return to my body’s athletic and physical shape of my 20’s or 30’s.… Read the rest

Adventures of a traveling sewist

I count myself very lucky that I have been able to travel about North and South America and Europe.  Soon my travels will take me farther afield, but for now, I would like to share with you my recent adventures in Europe.

In early November, I spent 5 days in London.  … Read the rest

Couture exhibit and talk at Houston Museum of Fine Art

High Society: The Portraits of Franz X. Winterhalter, featured exhibit at the Fine Art Museum of Houston through August 12th, 2016.

Franz Xaver Winterhalter, the 19th century’s most renowned portraitist of European aristocracy, captured the elegance and opulence of his distinguished sitters with an unrivaled brilliance. The worth dresscomprehensive exhibition High Society: The Portraits of Franz X.Read the rest

Fashion Design Sketches by Nancy B. Hamon

Exhibit runs September 24 – December 13, 2015

Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library  @ Southern Methodist University

The exhibition features fashion design sketches, circa 1933-1942, by Nancy B. Hamon (1918-2011) from the Jake and Nancy Hamon Papers, housed in Jerry Bywaters Special Collections in the Hamon Arts Library, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.… Read the rest