Behind The Seams

Do you know why a caged bird sings? It sings of freedom. 

Tale for Esther SS16 collection is inspired by the poem "Caged Bird" by Maya Angelou ~ 

As an artist I incorporate emotions into the story. Caged Bird is a story of oppression and the journey to freedom.

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The collection starts of with dark and depressing tones; an all lace ensemble, long sleeve, calf length skirt with fringe and ribbons laced at the cuffs. Everything is structured, tight fitting and suffocating. I wanted to recreate a romantic version of a straight jacket, hence the ribbon ties at the cuffs and added lace for an elegant touch. The collection progress into airy, flowy and lighter fabrics. From long sleeves to backless, off the shoulder and embroidered pieces. I played around with surface design by mixing a myriad of laces together, hand sewn on top of each other to create texture. 

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My strength is in design development, and pattern making. Preparing for this collection consumed me and I enjoyed every minute of it. I've work hard to make these visions come come alive and I'm proud and happy of the results. I've spent sleepless nights, worked tireless on this collection and I'm still in awed. (I wake up and ask myself, "Did I really design that?")

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The design process is not easy. I translated my concepts into patterns and transformed patterns into garments. Each look has its own individual detail (design aesthetic or color story) that carries to the next look. See the whole runway under Fashion - SS16! 

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I'm proud to say, I developed the collection, patterned/cut all 20+ pieces to perfection, hand sewn all the details and it already made me a winner. This collection has a place in my heart because I've taken in side projects (mostly developing other brands & making patterns for their designs) so I can buy fabrics. Not only did I work on my 2 jobs, I worked on 5 upcoming brands simultaneously as well. I've poured my heart and soul and the reward is beyond self satisfaction. I did it! 

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I was disappointment when I didn't win the competition, but deep in my heart, I've achieved far greater than what I could've a year ago. I've pushed myself beyond my own limits and I've discovered self worth, discipline and tenacity. Despite the constant sleep deprivation and physical exhaustion, I was strong enough not to give up. I've realized that I don't need a plaque or a trophy to be recognized as "the best", I've given it my all and I've sprinted non-stop, with  passion, in full force to the goal.

So for now, keep going, keep soaring and keep living the dream.

Xxka