Wooden collar. Photo Art.

This wooden collar looks like a ruff collar. I like the artistic approach to historical look. Nice image! Unfortunately, I don’t have any idea of the artist’s name.

Available from http://bigdave44.com/2010/09/24/dt-26354/

20th century Vintage Collars

Givenchy, Hubert de (designer). Paris, 1955. V&A collection. Available from http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O138326/evening-dress-and/

The stand-up collar of this silk velvet evening cloak probably designed by Lucile (Lady Duff Gordon) is formed by three rows of ruching which draws the malleable fabric into soft gathers around the neck. High backed, the collar curves gently down at the front where it fastens with a single hook and eye and its base is trimmed with plump, pink satin rose buds with three buds at the back and six smaller versions at the front. (Twentieth-century FASHION IN DETAIL)

 England, ca.1915 Available from http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O14031/evening-cloak/

Thierry Mugler black cotton velvet and polymide nylon “Kiss of the Spiderwoman” gown, c. late 1980s. The polyamide sculpted collar is trimmed in the very same velvet which makes the body of this nearly backless dress with mermaid hem.

Paco Rabanne Haute Couture Shades of Rust Chain Mail Minidresswith Matching Collar, c. 1960s. Available from http://decadesinc.blogspot.com/2009_06_01_archive.html

Thierry Mugler mutli-color, undulating rainbow dress spring/summer 1990. Available from http://decadesinc.blogspot.com/search/label/Thierry%20Mugler


I am wearing the collar

This is a photo of me wearing my Duchess dress with a huge collar. The collar’s wings are 10 cm wide. It was the most popular dress when I was involved in clothes production for petite women.

Photographer Dmitry Chapala

More Collars

I like the contrast draped collar of Rowanjoy’s ‘Tennis’ Dress. The dress is part of her latest summer collection. Photo taken from the blog of Godiva Boutique that is based in Edinburgh http://godivaboutique-godivaboutique.blogspot.com/2011/05/some-of-my-favourite-things.html

And once again, Miu Miu collars! that my viewers request every day.

Available from http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5097/5475154293_6a049f74fa_b.jpg

A cat is wearing Meow Miu collar 🙂 So cute image!

Available from http://www.geometricsleep.com/2010/03/fun-in-meow-ty-ten.html

Interview with Gemma Lister

I am glad Gemma Lister consented to give an interview for my Fashion Collars blog and my dissertation. I am impressed with Gemma’s design direction of collars as accessories; collars that “cross the boundary of jewellery” and “offer the customer so many possibilities”.

I: – Your collars can be found in magazines, at catwalks, and on TV. How did you decide to design collars?

Gemma:   –   I wanted to design something that wasn’t clothing but used fabric and embellishment and thought Collars would be perfect. I have been designing versions of them for a long time until I hit upon the Sequin Peter Pan Collar, which has been a huge success. I love the fact that the Collars cross the boundary of jewellery and they offer the customer so many possibilities.

I: – Some people in the photos published in your blog and your facebook profile http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gemma-Lister-Jewellery/112814452074236 wear your collars over the collared garments. Do you think that detachable collars are suitable for both collared and collarless clothes?

Gemma:   –     Yes, I think the Collars can be worn with pretty much anything. I personally prefer to wear them on top of a round neck but I am always impressed and excited to see how customers interpret them and often wear them directly on the neck with nothing underneath, which looks really cool in the Summer.

I: – Curved lines of your collars look very feminine, but there are many kinds of collars, so are you going to design high stand-up collars, ruff collars, and etc.?

Gemma:  –     Yes. I have a lovely new pointed shape for AW11 which is embellished with rhinestones and now that I have established the ‘Peter Pan’ as a standard shape I look forward to experimenting in the future!

I: – I consider your collars strongly recognisable. I mean that people who are familiar with your style can recognise your brand name without looking at the label. Do you want your brand name to be recognisable through your collars and bows? Or do you think about your brand identity when you design collars and bows?

Gemma:  –     I am lucky enough to be able to design instinctively and have a strong sense of what the Gemma Lister brand is. It is very important to me that the products are recognisable from season to season but that there is also newness and commerciality within the range.

I: – Do your collars symbolise anything?

Gemma:  –     No.

I: – According to my blog’s statistic, Miu Miu collars is a very popular search term. Do Miu Miu collars or other brand/designers inspire you?

Gemma:   –    I am a huge fan of Miu Miu and love the sense of adventure and humour they incorporate into their collections every season. Other Brands I admire include Eley Kishimoto and Moschino.

I: – Thank you very much indeed for your interview Gemma. I wish you great success with next collections.

Official site http://www.gemmalister.com/

Official GEMMA LISTER Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gemma-Lister-Jewellery/112814452074236

Blog http://gemmalister.blogspot.com/

Moschino’s V-necks

Continuing Moschino category I want to add V-neck examples which I found at Moschino online boutique.

Dyed draped detail at the denim dress that looks like a flower. I love it very much!

Recognisable Moschino’s multiple golden pins embellishment at left, and a simple top adorned with colourful studs at right.

Multiple buttons stitched to the V-neck. These buttons do not have any letters on them as opposed to other buttons-adorned necklines of Moschino which I published before.

Flaviyake Bow

This is an example of my recent samples of neckwear. This women’s bow can be a beautiful embellishment for both collared and collarless necklines. It looks elegant and striking.