Monday, 22 August 2016

Gdynia’s in Vogue


Hello sailor!

As you can see, we went all the way to the Polish shipbuilding port of Gdynia for my latest photoshoot!



scuba, neoprene, dress, hat, millinery, beads, neon, magenta, peony, Vogue, pattern cutting, sewing pattern, Gdynia, Sea Towers, Poland,


It was maybe appropriate firstly because it celebrated my first attempt to construct a hat, a process that felt as intricate and complicated as mounting rigging on a sailing boat.


scuba, neoprene, dress, hat, millinery, beads, neon, magenta, peony, Vogue, pattern cutting, sewing pattern, Gdynia, Sea Towers, Poland,


As we strolled down towards the port, the amazingly imposing Sea Towers came into view and I just knew it was the ideal location.


scuba, neoprene, dress, hat, millinery, beads, neon, magenta, peony, Vogue, pattern cutting, sewing pattern, Gdynia, Sea Towers, Poland,


Its structure, like a giant static Transformer toy, is maybe appropriate considering Gdynia was the home of the man whose life inspired “Man Of Iron”, the iconic movie by Andrzej Wajda about the birth of the Solidarity union.


scuba, neoprene, dress, hat, millinery, beads, neon, magenta, peony, Vogue, pattern cutting, sewing pattern, Gdynia, Sea Towers, Poland,


scuba, neoprene, dress, hat, millinery, beads, neon, magenta, peony, Vogue, pattern cutting, sewing pattern, Gdynia, Sea Towers, Poland,


The austere grey walls are in stark contrast to the shocking pink of the hat and matching dress, taken from a Vogue pattern, the cut of which reminded me of the many petalled peony flower.


scuba, neoprene, dress, hat, millinery, beads, neon, magenta, peony, Vogue, pattern cutting, sewing pattern, Gdynia, Sea Towers, Poland,



scuba, neoprene, dress, hat, millinery, beads, neon, magenta, peony, Vogue, pattern cutting, sewing pattern, Gdynia, Sea Towers, Poland,



scuba, neoprene, dress, hat, millinery, beads, neon, magenta, peony, Vogue, pattern cutting, sewing pattern, Gdynia, Sea Towers, Poland,


scuba, neoprene, dress, hat, millinery, beads, neon, magenta, peony, Vogue, pattern cutting, sewing pattern, Gdynia, Sea Towers, Poland,


scuba, neoprene, dress, hat, millinery, beads, neon, magenta, peony, Vogue, pattern cutting, sewing pattern, Gdynia, Sea Towers, Poland,



Yet the sharp angles and smooth surfaces of the building are also reflected in the garment’s cut and fabric, made of suede neoprene, a fitting substance given its futuristic qualities.



scuba, neoprene, dress, hat, millinery, beads, neon, magenta, peony, Vogue, pattern cutting, sewing pattern, Gdynia, Sea Towers, Poland,


Of course, being at the foot of such tall buildings presented its own challenges because it’s like a wind tunnel down there!


scuba, neoprene, dress, hat, millinery, beads, neon, magenta, peony, Vogue, pattern cutting, sewing pattern, Gdynia, Sea Towers, Poland,


Hold on to your hats indeed. Believe me, I had to. The dress too! 


scuba, neoprene, dress, hat, millinery, beads, neon, magenta, peony, Vogue, pattern cutting, sewing pattern, Gdynia, Sea Towers, Poland,

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