Tuesday 8 March 2011

Architectural Inspirations

Journey of the Lil White Corset Dress

Inspirations:      The London Metropolitan  University, 
                          The Guggenheim Museum, New York
Architecture:    Daniel Libenskind and Frank Lloyd Wright

 Holloway Road, North London

New York

Monday 28 February 2011

Back to Basics

Vintage Sewing Machines.

I guess vintage is just my second nature. I love anything that is old with character and history, such as a teaspoon, furniture, cars, buildings; the list is endless.

Talking about sewing machines, it is obvious that before civilisation, makind sew or rather, put together pieces of fabric to make a garment by hand up until the industrial revolution in the 1800's. With this movement, machines were invented in order to help decrease the manual work load in factories as the demand for clothes increased.
It is known that during the rise of industrial revolution, dress became more complex due to the invention of sewing machines, and production of pattern books that encouraged the booming business for sewing machines.

Elias Howe is regarded to be the one who successfully managed to build the sewing machine after many other earlier attempts.

A shop in London that
tells a visual story of  vintage sewing machines.

How's this for a window display? Quite cool, I think. A shop in London's All Saints Road , Notting Hill.

Different Makes of Sewing Machines after the Industrial Revolution.

The Willcox & GibbsSewing Machine Company was started in 1857 as the answer ...

Steampunk sewing machine

I love the " detailing" on this vintage machine.

This is what I remember growing up with and seeing in almost every house hold.