Costumer's Notebook

Often as I'm working I get curious peeks over my shoulder at my various notebooks to see my sketches and what I'm working on. Working off this idea, I named my blog "Costumer's Notebook" to help share some of the design work, the challenges, the triumphs and the end results of putting together productions or projects. I've found the people really enjoy getting to see what goes on behind the scenes. 

"Summer"

"Summer" is inspired from the lush green of woodland forests. Green velvet is hand smocked into a leaf texture at the front. It is bound with hand-dyed raw silk. This cropped corset laces at the back and the shoulders. 10 yards of 100% silk fall from the waist and shoulders. All materials (except for strength layers) are 100% imported silk. 1/4" steel bones.

“Summer” is a gown from a 6-part collection of original designs by Rachael Kras. Each gown derives inspiration from the spirit of a forest aspect- “Morning”, “Spring”, “Summer”, “Autumn”, “Winter” and “Night”.

Purchase this gown for $650 here.

Design and construction: Rachael Kras

Photography: Amanda Tipton

Model: Candice Bergeron, Ballet Dancer

HMUA: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec

To the reader: Thank you for finding inspiration in these photos. Please preserve all credits for the artists involved when sharing. All rights reserved.

  Design and Construction:  Rachael Kras  |   Photography:   Amanda Tipton   | Model: Candice Bergeron |   HMAU: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

Design and Construction: Rachael Kras | Photography: Amanda Tipton | Model: Candice Bergeron | HMAU: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

  Design and Construction:  Rachael Kras  |   Photography:   Amanda Tipton   | Model: Candice Bergeron |   HMAU: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

Design and Construction: Rachael Kras | Photography: Amanda Tipton | Model: Candice Bergeron | HMAU: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

  Design and Construction:  Rachael Kras  |   Photography:   Amanda Tipton   | Model: Candice Bergeron |   HMAU: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

Design and Construction: Rachael Kras | Photography: Amanda Tipton | Model: Candice Bergeron | HMAU: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

  Design and Construction:  Rachael Kras  |   Photography:   Amanda Tipton   | Model: Candice Bergeron |   HMAU: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

Design and Construction: Rachael Kras | Photography: Amanda Tipton | Model: Candice Bergeron | HMAU: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

  Design and Construction:  Rachael Kras  |   Photography:   Amanda Tipton   | Model: Candice Bergeron |   HMAU: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

Design and Construction: Rachael Kras | Photography: Amanda Tipton | Model: Candice Bergeron | HMAU: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

  Design and Construction:  Rachael Kras  |   Photography:   Amanda Tipton   | Model: Candice Bergeron |   HMAU: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

Design and Construction: Rachael Kras | Photography: Amanda Tipton | Model: Candice Bergeron | HMAU: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

  In progress shot of free form smocking. Design and Construction:  Rachael Kras  

In progress shot of free form smocking. Design and Construction: Rachael Kras 

  In progress shot of free form   smocking.   Design and Construction:   Rachael Kras   

In progress shot of free form smocking. Design and Construction: Rachael Kras 

  Completed corset before all the silk was added.   Design and Construction:   Rachael Kras   

Completed corset before all the silk was added. Design and Construction: Rachael Kras 

Inspiration/concept board for this project...

 Left photo:  Angie Latham  | Right photo:  Cate

Left photo: Angie Latham | Right photo: Cate

This project was in collaboration with famed jewelry artist Andrea Li Designs and debuted along side the launch of her astonishing "Rooted" collection. These gowns debuted on the runway during Denver's Fashion Week in October of 2015 at "The Show, A Haute Couture Runway Show".

To the reader: Thank you for finding inspiration in these photos. Please preserve all credits for the artists involved when sharing. All rights reserved.