Friday, 29 June 2012

Ballet by Christian Lacroix

Oh mon dieu!!!

Christian Lacroix's exquisite ballet costumes are being exhibited at 'Le Centre national du costume de scène', in Moulins, France!

Fashion designer turned costume designer Lacriox created these incredible ballet costumes for 'La Source', performed in Autumn 2011 at 'L'Opera nationale de Paris'. The fantasy and folk-lore theme of the ballet, which tells the story of Naila, a water spirit, sacrificed for the love of a hunter, Djemil and Nouredda, is reflected through the oriental influences and natural colour schemes. Lacroix used soft, flowing tulle fabric, adding an extra dazzling element with Swarovski crystal embellishments.

The exhibition offers costume-lovers a chance to really explore and understand the entire process of creating such a collection of costumes. Room by room, CNCS have displayed Lacroix's inspiration (photos, sketches, historical clothing items) as well as recounting the development process. There are fabric samples, video interviews and reports on all aspects from costumes fittings to make-up design.

 I wanted to give the impression that these costumes, as well as the ballet, had come out of a long sleep with their freshness and memories, and, in addition to have the rustic aspects contrast with the opulence of the brocades, ornaments and jewels.” - Lacroix

Lacroix's design sketches are just as compelling as the final costumes - I'll be posting a collection of them soon!

All in all, the exhibition is set to be a comprehensive look at these incredibly beautiful costumes. I really really really have to find a way to see this - although it is in Moulins, in the middle of France...why does my family have to live in the North of France? WHY?!

It's on until 31 December though, and if I  really don't get to visit in time, I'm finding a way to order the exhibition catalogue! To read more about this amazing exhibition, go to the CNCS website .

And if anyone has seen this, or is planning to go, please let me know what it's like!

(Photos from CNCS website and MyFDB Blog)

Monday, 25 June 2012

The Showtime Stitches Shop is Open!

Our Etsy shop is now open for business! Click here to have a look around!

Our blog readers get 10% off on purchases made before the 10th July - just enter coupon code 'SHOWTIMEBLOG' at the checkout!

Please contact us if you are interested in custom or commercial orders - email showtimestitches@gmail.com

Sunday, 24 June 2012

The N21 Festival

Hello to all our new followers from the N21 Festival! Follow us on Facebook for regular updates, or add us to your favourites. We're also on Bloglovin, and Pinterest!

NEWS: Our online shop is opening tomorrow! Yay!

What a fantastic day we had on Saturday! The Fancy Fayre was a huge success, incredibly busy and it was amazing to see such a community spirit - I can't wait 'til the next one!!!

I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who organised the whole week of events. It must have been a very stressful and difficult job, but I am so grateful for everyone's hard work. Everything went so smoothly (despite the occasional rain shower!) and it was a great day for sellers and visitors alike. Also a massive thank you to my friends for hepling me out and keeping me company - couldn't have lasted all that time without you!!

 Take a look at a few photos of the Showtime Stitches stall...

Friday, 22 June 2012

Monday, 18 June 2012


A few things for the Showtime Stitches shop, getting ready for N21 Festival this Saturday!

Friday, 15 June 2012

Latest news

It's been a busy week!

I found out at the weekend that I've been allocated a craft stall at the N21 Festival for next Saturday 23rd June! With only two weeks to prepare everything, I've been designing, sewing, printing like crazy, but everything's coming together nicely and I'm very excited - so if anyone's in North London next weekend, come along and see the Showtime Stitches stall on Winchmore Hill Green from 10AM - I look forward to seeing you!

Have a sneak-peek at the Showtime Stitches canvas bags here: Canvas Bags Blog Post

For more information on the week-long festival and celebration of the N21 community, go to N21.net or see the Facebook page here.

Business cards have also been made - I kept mine simple, clear and concise, but with a flash of colour to catch the eye! What do you think?

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

On the set of Les Misérables

(Photos from 'thefilmstage.com' and 'entertainment.time.com' - photo credit: WENN)

See the trailer for the film here. 'Les Misérables' will be released in the UK on January 13th 2013.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Fashion Illustration at the Fashion Space Gallery

Fashion illustrations, much like costume drawings, are creative and unique representations of clothes, conveying a sense of character or personality.

This summer, the Fashion Space Gallery just off Oxford Street in London are hosting an exhibition of fashion illustration. Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration presents work by many artists from around the world.

Sabine Pieper
Lesley Barnes, Antonio Berardi
Featuring over sixty works from 13 artists, this exhibition is a great insight into up-and-coming new talent in the industry. It is clear that each artist has a very individual approach to their work, so pieces on display will be varied and offer an incredible source of inspiration for fashion, illustration and textile students. For costumers, looking at all types of illustration can inform and inspire us when it comes to sketching characters drawings.

I'm especially looking forward to seeing how these illustrators use texture in their work. In costume illustrations, it is important to convey how a garment will look after production (What type of fabric is used? Will it have a texture?). The works shown here use fabric samples, or natural shapes/textures to recreate the folds of fabric, for example. Combined with pencil drawing, these samples of texture and colour stand out to maximum effect. They create very striking and successful fashion illustrations.

Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration runs until 14th July 2012 at the Fashion Space Gallery at London College of Fashion. See their website for more information: here.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Les Misérables Teaser Trailer

The first trailer for the film 'Les Misérables' was released this week, and it looks incredible - I just can't wait for the release in January!

The film features Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman, Helena Bonham Carter, Russel Crowe...and many many more!

The story is set in 19th Century France, and follows the life of ex-prisoner Jean Valjean as he tries desperately to lead a new life, while constantly evading recapture. With the themes of poverty, crime and revolution there is bound to be a focus on uniform in costumes, as well as ragged and dirty 1800s French clothing. From what I can see so far from the trailer, costume designer Paco Delgado has done a great job!

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Ballgown Sketches

Here are my sketches from my visit to the Ballgowns exhibition at the V&A - read my post about it here!

The exhibition contained a great variety of ballgowns - from the 1950s to the present day. I liked the vintage gowns as much as the modern ones, although they were very different to eachother of course! My favourite dress would have to be the Felicity Brown blue and beige one - the use of texture was stunning!

I would have liked the exhibition to be a little bigger, but if you are going to the museum to see the new fashion gallery for the first time as well, the two sections go excellently together and there will be plenty to see. I will be going back to the fashion galleries very soon to get a closer look all the fantastic pieces they have, spanning centuries!
Head over to the V&A website for more information. The 'Ballgowns' exhibition is on until 6th January 2013.