Beaded Swarovski Crystal Top with matching Feathered Skirt
Gail Be, American, United States, 2007
This Parisian inspired ensemble is made from over 10,000 vintage and modern Swarovski and dyed chicken feathers and took 8 months to complete. The only fabric used in this entire design is three inches around the waistband.
The base of the skirt I constructed from large turkey tail feathers. Then to ensure the deep texture and depth of a masterful Impressionist painting, Kathy had to individually hand-attach each of the colorfully dyed hen feathers at different angles. Finally to add incredible sparkle, the entire skirt was embellishing with hundreds of Swarovski flat back crystals.
The perfectly coordinated and completely fabric-free top is a very complicated weave technique I created using thousands of vintage and modern Swarovski crystal and Japanese silver-lined beads.
All the accessories are made with vintage and modern Swarovski crystal beads and metal findings. The final 'Ooh La La' of this design is the artistically, handcrafted head piece that Anne created.
Ever since I visited the impressionist artist Claude Monet's water lily garden at his home in France, I have been inspired to design something in those lovely water colors.