Just two new pieces ...
... but several possibilities ...
... and many, many fine details.
It's fascinating to see the way Materialbyproduct maximise and minimise ... or highlight and hide ... their repertoire of marks and finishing techniques. The current collection features neckpieces of an exaggerated length; many are sewn into the garment (as opposed to being detachable) but are still optional in the sense that they can be worn flowing off the back or brought to the front about the neck. There are new little knots and contrast stitches, the cotton tags are sewn into horizontal seams across the shoulder line and the famous dots are, in many instances, barely there.
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Materialbyproduct silk georgette 'noir slip' (RRP $517);
Materialbyproduct silk 'angel jacket' (RRP $550)
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From Issue One of Surface Asia magazine ...
Cover: Romance Was Born necklace, bodice and skirt (POA); photographer: Simon upton; stylist: Ryan Lobo; hair: Michael Brennen; makeup: Andrea Black; production: Jep Lizotte; model agency: Chic Management;
inside: Lui Hon article by Stephen Crafti; images - photographer: Peter Ryle; assistant: Kit Joseph Bennett; model: Nikki Thot @ FRM; Hair/make-up: Ellinda Corbisiero
(Photographer - Marija Ivkovic; hair & make-up - Nadja Mott; model - Lani Sommer)
When not working on their biannual seasonal collections, it seems that the designers relax by playing around with a few beads, or a jumpring or two.
Image at top shows a stunning new piece made by designer/printmaker, Alexi Freeman, and Melbourne jeweller, Tessa Blazey. Created for the Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award, the dress is composed of 250 metres of silver chain, 350 cast diamond modules, thousands of jumprings (most likely in excess of 5000), and took over 200 hours to make. The award will be announced on July 29 in Sydney - we wish Alexi and Tessa success!
The image below it features a special commission Materialbyproduct dress - we don't have the figures but it looks to us like a serious quantity of beads and pleats. The North Fitzroy-based fashion house creates unique bridal gowns as well as ready-to-wear pieces for individual clients; to make an appointment contact the studio on 03 9482 6616.
Today (Friday January 28) is just one of those days - life necessitates that Milly Sleeping be closed between about 1.40 and 2.30, reopening until about 5.45 only. Apologies for any convenience that this may cause.
It may not look like it at first glance but all of our new arrivals are shirts - of various kinds and in various stages of life. From MAIIKE, there are lovely simple linen shirt dresses (with belt loops) - irons off please, these really suit a bit of crumple - in white and beige ...
... And from Mücke, comes an amazing liitle collection of one-of-a-kind pieces - tops, skirts and dresses, all made from old shirts. These have delightful silhouettes that were great fun to photograph today - you'll love the transformations but also the traces that remain of the original garment. There are more Mücke clothes in store ... drop in and we'll be more than happy to take you through the full range.
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Pictured: MAIIKE linen tux dress (RRP $260) worn with Nevada Duffy black silk split back top (RRP $220) and Mücke oneshirtSKIRT (RRP $145);
Nevada Duffy nude/black silk split back top (RRP $220) worn with Mücke oneshirtSKIRT (RRP $145);
Mücke oneshirtSINGLET (RRP $245) worn with printed Mücke oneshirtSKIRT (RRP $145);
Mücke twoshirtDRESS (RRP $330)