~ From start to finish ~
|As every other project, this contest started with drawing a sketch to present the design.|
And mine was selected to be amongst the 10 finalist.
|...but before getting to the final stage when the outfit was ready to be presented on the scene, there was a lot of hard work by hand, I would love to share with you next.|
|A very important step was to find the right materials and outils and that's how I started.|
|Adding some details after the first try with the model, that's going to wear it on stage before the jury.|
|And finalise the main dress base with about 9 hrs of stitching this white organza ribbon by hand to get the perfect artisan look.|
|And it was about time to start my favorite part - the decorations!|
There are different stages like the primal sketch, the finished fineline and in the end the first cut-out layer out of 3...
|but yeah, no one's perfect aaaaand every now and then there's some sort of small accident that if you're lucky (like I was this time) will not make you start over all the precise work.|
|After all the drawing here's how a part of all I had to cut out by hand, looked like.|
|Gazing at your newest, shining baby - a Sakura belt covered with special italian leather with pearl finish and many crystals.|
|And it's little friend - the bling, bling Sakura bracelet.|
|Cutting, sculpting and decorating lots of these baby sakuras...|
|...and painting the rest with some more pearl paint.|
|To get to the moment when one of the biggest accessories was finally assambled after hours of preparation.|
|Ta-daaaaaaaaa you can bet I was as happy as one can be!|
A feeling all of you beautiful, artistic souls around here, knows very well!
|But to be faitful to my reputation of a pure perfectionist, I just loooooveeee to add small details on places where most of the people don't even look at.|
|However an outfit for a competition is nothing on it's own without the right accessories, as a custom made wig for example.|
for this task I needed two colours of synthetic remi hair, some utils and...
|a lot of hair spray, like LOTS of it!|
|To get to the final result, already adorned with the special Kanzashi-inspired accessories all in the original Sakura themed flowers I cut out in the very start of this project.|
|Just because the back is just as important as the front.|
|And I love small details.|
|Because I believe the perfection is in the small pieces of love and attention we hide in our work.|
|So the final result is not just a product, but a wearable piece of pure art.|
|I just couldn't stop here while creating this Japan dream, I decided to give one final touch to the full outfit by painting by hand this traditional Japanese umbrella with some acrylic paint and my favorite Japanese bamboo brushes.|
|And here it is in the end all pimped up in a Sakura vortex-dream, that looks so different on direct light and contre-jour.|
|With lovely details and layers of Sakuras all the way.|
|And now my Sakura Moderne dress is ready to fly on stage infront of the jury with the special custom wings I got from the talented USA designer On Gossamer Wings.|
Wings that are a pure Sailor Moon (Neo Queen Serenity) inspiration for the pleasure and joy of all manga / animé fans, that will visit the Japan Touch expo (28th-29th Nov/Eurexpo centre/Lyon) and will take some of their time and attention to see us on the stage during the Sakura Collection Fasion Award
Enjoy and see you soon!