Angela Clayton is an 18-year-old costume designer from Long Island, New York. She started to take sewing as hobby at 15 when she got interested in cosplay. Soon she updated her work to more historical and fantasy-inspired gowns. And for now, she just outgrew the cosplay and focus more on original designs. As Clayton said, “I realized I was a lot more interested in making things I found visually pleasing than making costumes of characters I liked. Once I tried making costumes outside of cosplay I was completely won over.” It is also worthy mentioning that the majority of her sewing skills are self-taught. Clayton also tried to share her sewing experience on her tumblr blog and youtube channel.
You probably will never connect framed painting with wearable fashion. However, in Dutch fashion designers Viktor and Rolf‘s hands, those rigid framed paintings are intricately transformed into avant-garde gowns. In Paris Fashion show, Viktor and Rolf unhooked their Baroque-style “paintings” from the wall and reshaped them onto their subjects. After the painted fabric was rearranged, it blossomed into dresses, coats or skirts that were inspired by 17th-century Dutch Golden Age artwork – the whole process was performed right in front of the audience. Moreover, there was a distinct contrast between the gilded frames and decorated fabric, but these two elements worked together to create a sense of drama and vibrancy. Just like the designers’ show notes said “Poetry becomes reality, morphing back into fantasy.”