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If at first.....

If at first.....

...you don't succeed, try try again. When re-imagining garments, much like a painting, sometimes a piece is just "off".  Perhaps it is unbalanced, has no focal point or just isn't exciting enough to spend time with. If something can't get worse, no matter what you do, it will make just make it better. Such was the case with our original jacket. New sleeves, new zipper and a fun zip-girl pull elevated this bland beaded tweed to something fun. It is a piece to play with, to funk up a pair of jeans or spice up a plain dress. Take a...

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Where is your waist?

Where is your waist?

Anatomically, it is linear with your belly button...at birth. After aging and babies and whatnot, who the hell knows where your waist really goes! You will find descriptions for jeans and pants that say "sits just below your waist" or "sits at the waist" or "sits at the natural waist"...okay...in the picture on the model or drawing, we can pretty much see where her waistline is considered to be, but for many of us....well, whatever. Some people are "long waist-ed" which means they have a longer torso and visa versa for short waist-ed ladies. Trying on clothing for fit, especially...

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Scarves and Wraps...vital for versatility

Scarves and Wraps...vital for versatility

The image you see is Dress #14 "Seven would never be enough" from the Hoard Couture Sculptural Dresses exhibition. It is made from hankies, scarves, shawls, bandannas, a bow tie, and assorted other creations that are wrapped around our necks or serve as an accessory.  Scarves are easy to store, simple to pack for travel and add just the right pop of color, texture or pow when a heavy necklace is not right. We have a few selections of scarves our site but my friends at Journey Studios have all kinds from which to choose. https://www.journeystudios.com 

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There is no way....

There is no way....

I hear that a lot. "There is no way I would wear so many different ______(colors, textures, shapes etc...take your choice)___ in one outfit! I wouldn't know where to start."  To steal the words from the Sound of Music, you start at the very beginning....that is a very good place to start... with your favorite or chosen core piece you wish to wear.  In this case, the vest. Then you look at the accent color, in this case denim, and chose an item to pull that out tone. Next is the core color, in this case orange or gold, and...

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In the beginning...

In the beginning...

Hoard Couture started as an exhibition idea. I wanted to empty some bins by creating small dresses made from the various items letting the items themselves dictate the design. First of 39 pieces was "Do I Know You?" made from decades of business cards I collected. Notice how the art piece and a real garment are the same. Balance is important as is the color pattern, created by the cards themselves. How to preserve them so the text could still be read was the dilemma posed by the materials. For more info about this piece, visit my personal website at...

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