If you’re a subscriber of Mooshi you would already be familiar with Mooshi’s project: a red tulle halter neck top embroidered with vintage sequins and bugle beads, gold metallic thread chain stitch and Swarovski pearl beads.
The project is inspired by two influential designs of 20th century costume and fashion: the Illusion Gowns of the 1940’s and 1950’s and Optical Art fashion of the 1960’s.
The iconic Illusion Gowns were designed by Jean Louis for Marlene Dietrich in the 1940’s and Marilyn Monroe in the 1950’s. By the time the 1960’s came around fashion had adopted the graphical designs of the Optical Art Movement, creating women’s fashion that would continue the illusion trend but in ways that would conceal, distort and transform the appearance of the female form.
On a foundation of sheer tulle, the vision for this project is to create a dramatic and seductive piece that evokes the glamour of Hollywood with elements of the geometric designs of the Op Art movement.
Choosing to work with tulle is an opportunity to explore and master the challenge of applying the haute couture technique of crochet de Luneville, more commonly known as tambour beading, to an open weave fabric. Its sheerness is definitely an advantage when working with both hands on either side of the fabric on the frame, but this is little compensation for the delicate qualities of this luxury textile.
The crochet de Luneville hook can easily catch and weaken or worse, tear the open weave structure which may require the project to be abandoned or started again. Your only protection against causing any damage to this beautiful fabric is working slowly with the utmost precision and care! Watch the video below to see how I embroidered sequins onto tulle with a metallic thread.
For information about my classes please visit the Mooshi Shop. I teach privately and can cater for small groups of no more than 6 people. I will also travel long distance and interstate in Australia at cost. Please contact me to discuss.