MIKAN WITH CLEMENTINE NEW website review and photos by Olga Tolkatcheva
I was very fortunate to participate in a Mikan "Create your own bag from Japanese textiles" workshop. Situated in Collingwood, Melbourne, and run by French designer Clementine Sendner, it was a truly international cultural experience.
Clementine is a guest in Melbourne and doing the workshops as part of the independent designers fashion week. She found Melbourne to embrace ethical concepts and is close to her heart.
The owner of the brand originated from France but lives and works in Kyoto. After finishing her Design degree in Lyon she came to Japan as an exchange student, fell in love with Japanese culture and stayed. Clementine started Mikan as an opportunity to reuse and recycle traditional textiles. She makes old silk pieces come to life as modern, useful and highly sought after bags, pouches, backpacks, and even caps.
The workshop was hosted by The Social Studio (128 Smith Street, Collingwood) a very cool shop/workspace/teaching studio, that helps new aspiring designers from culturally diverse background. In this workshop sustainability and recycling are not just fashionable buzz words, but a way of living.
Clementine brought her collection of Obi - sumptuous heavy silk waist sashes, decorated with jacquard patterns. Each magnificent piece has a story to tell and was traditionally handmade for a particular occasion and person, completely unique in its design. it was almost impossible to cut such beautiful fabric, but the end result was well worth it.
Clementine is lovely, calm and easy to talk to. Under her guidance the bag creation was easy. She helped with step by step instructions and gave individual attention to all participants. Each of us selected a piece from the variety on the table, cut it and stitched into a decorative pouch/evening bag. No previous experience with a sewing machine was needed, it was all shown and explained. I am loving my bag - my wearable treasure!
The value of this course is unbelievable. Each participant gets to keep an amazing piece of exclusive and expensive silk, recreated as an evening bag/cool day pouch. The knowledge that it was created by our own hands makes it even more precious.
Clementine had to travel far to bring her craft to Melbourne and we are hoping that bringing her workshops to Melbourne will be a permanent feature.
We need to make her brand known in Australia. We ask you to spread the word around, like the business page and come to the future workshops. Not only you will have an amazing bag to take home, but you can soak up the creative atmosphere, and be proud of your ability to make something with your own hands.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA: KRYSTYNA CAMPBELL-PRETTY FASHION GIFT NEW website review: Susan Reynolds photography: Susan Reynolds and Olga Kirk References Media opening Photos:Olga Kirk and Tristain Potashnyk
Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift
Above: ALIX, Paris (couture house) 1934-42 Madame Gres (designer) French 1903-93 Evening dresses, 1939 silk Jersey photo National Gallery of victoria Open now until July 14, 2019 at the NGV International Victoria, 2nd floor ‘grand gallery’ and the adjacent contemporary galleries. Visit Fashion set in adorned staircases, pedestals and others in modern design spaces; garments stretching back over one hundred years. Time line Step through time through monarchies, industrial revolutions, wars, political and social upheavals and class struggles and see the art of fashion how it mirrored the times and often changed and challenged the social norms. From the 1900’s to today we have designers who challenged the trends and sculpted their own identities contributing to the world with Haute Couture.
From Frederick Worth (1826-1895) the London born, Parisian based designer considered the “Father of Haute Couture” in room one of the exhibition through to the infamous rock star of fashion Alexander McQueen 1969-2010 in the penultimate room. The shifting emphasis as fashion changed with demand for sexual equality and much greater diversity in ideas. The gift The collection in this exhibition has been gifted to the NGV by Krystyna there are 150 gowns, garments, original sketches, work books, textile samples, fashion photos and rare fashion magazines. In the words of Krystyna “WE’VE NEVER HAD A COLLECTION PEOPLE CAN IMMERSE THEMSELVES IN THAT’S OURS” Now everyone can see these superb fashions at this free exhibition. Icons Dior, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Schiaparelli, Christian Lacroix, Alexander McQueen, Madame Grès and Charles Frederick Worth. Be Enchanted… The two dresses made by sisters Sylvie Montegut and Baronne Jeanne d’Etreillis from the 1920’s reminiscent of the Eighteenth Century pannier style worn by French ladies at the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Handmade with decorative fine Chantilly-lace, embellished with sculptured ribbons fashioned into flowers. Featuring the linear bodice and not corseted fashion look of the times. These two dresses seen below differed in respect to the flapper style dresses nearby in the exhibit, which ran as a contemporary style at the time.
Be captivated “The Zodiac Jacket” 1938-39 Elsa Schiaparelli An interesting history of this jacket is in what’s known as the Salon Room of the exhibition. Previously owned by an English woman Vera Worth from the West of England who purchased this special ensemble and saved vigorously for it to wear it to a special function for her husbands work. Vera was not a wealthy woman but an obviously astute fashion conscious one. Vera once gifted the jacket and gown to her grand daughter who in time realized its importance and it invariably ended up a very special gallery exhibit.
Be Stunned “Homage to My Couture House” “Hommage a ma Maison” Jacket by Yves Saint Laurent 1990 a masterpiece of embroidery, gold, superb rock crystal, sequins and Swarovski. Truly living up to its second name as the “Versailles” a reflection of beauty detailing in the cuffs of gold boldly and richly sculpted in a relief knotted design. 700 hours of work on just the embellish- ments.
Be Enlightened In the 60’s women were ejected from businesses and shunned for wearing pants. Yves Saint Laurent “Le Smoking Suit” 1968 one of the first of these androgynous looks. Pivotal in history tailoring the way for women to be liberated from the restrictive archaic idea of just skirts and dresses as acceptable.
Under this same heading is Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) modern icon of fashion who created thought provoking fashion and challenged social ideas through his Couture and runway shows. On display are two toile usually fashioned in cheaper material but not for McQueen who chose elaborate materials to do this and some of these examples still have tacking stitches in. Examples in this room are from the series “The Widow of Culloden” and a tartan gown famously worn by actor Sarah Jessica Parker to New York's Met Gala in 2006
CASTING CALL FOR RAVISHING FASHIONISTAS FASHION SHOW website photos and review: Brett Styles
Media Release Upma Kite is an inspiration to every women. Apart from being a corporate professional, a dedicated wife, mother, daughter and sister, Upma is an established fashion icon and International/National Published model for over 35 magazines and a front cover model in magazines.
She currently holds the title of Mrs. Australia Universal 2019 and has been crowned by Honourable MP Steven Minnikin. She is performing a lot of CHARITY WORK and her affiliations are with Multicap Foundation, Red Cross, UN Women Australia Committee, Salvation Army and Smith’s Family. She also support various community organisations, promote local businesses and farmers.
To live her passion she has a very successful modelling career. Her recent project RAVISHING FASHIONISTAS FASHION SHOW for AGELESS DIVAS is another feather in her cap. Upma Kite is the concept creator of Ravishing Fashionistas Fashion Show for Ageless Divas. This is a fundraising event for Dignifying Women, & UN Women National Committee Australia . The concept of this show is conceptualized to highlight age groups from 18 to 65 and common sizes/shapes from size 6 to 14. This is one of its kind fashion show and FIRST TIME to take place in Brisbane to bring all sizes and all ages under one roof along with women achievement awards. The show has something for everyone. RFFS highlights the positive body image and self worth amongst all ages / sizes of women. Upma endorses women empowerment and that if you have “will to win” you can fight your everyday barriers.
There are more than 15 National and International Designers participating in the show, who are from Australia and who have showcased all over the world. The designers will showcase International couture designs, jewellery, headpieces, makeup and hair styles. RFFS for ageless divas will also have entertainment and an awards ceremony for “Discover yourself: Woman achievement 2019”. Show recently organised it's casting call which received an overwhelming response. For more information regarding the show, SPONSORSHIP, PARTICIPATING, SHOWCASING, STALLS AND TICKETING please visit their official page https://www.facebook.com/Ravishing-Fashionistas-Fashion-Show-297813914470541/ Upma recently met with Hon. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Hon. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to discuss future projects that will help women shape up their dreams.