Sketching as a Design Tool

By Claire Kennedy / August 4, 2021 /

From the time I started my design company, I was sketching designs for clients. It was the only way that I could translate what they were telling me they wanted into a picture that we both could see. The old adage: “A picture is worth 1,000 words,” worked wonders in my company. And amazingly enough,…

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Making Your Own Clothes – Me Made

By Claire Kennedy / July 30, 2021 /

It’s fascinating to listen to this discussion of How Much Clothing Do I Really Need? for me because I don’t acquire a lot of clothes and haven’t for decades. Now the really funny thing, from my perspective, is that I didn’t realize I was that much different from folks who purchased most of their clothes,…

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How Did Fashion Get So Botched Up

By Claire Kennedy / July 11, 2021 /

What has happened to fashion? There was a day when well-dressed and even not-so-wealthy women looked to the latest in fashion to get ideas on how to update and add to their wardrobes to make them look prettier and feel good in and about themselves in their new clothes. This sounds a little Emperor’s-New-Clothes-esque, that…

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Balance and Proportion in the Waist & Hips

By Claire Kennedy / July 4, 2021 /

A student asked a very interesting question, which I love to hear. This question is one that I’ve discussed here a lot but decided to do a blog on it because it’s not a one-word or short answer, but it is fairly simple once described. It’s also immensely effective and I’ve used it on normally…

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This is so…. well, outré

By Claire Kennedy / May 10, 2021 /

I’m so tired of this look and even worse, tired of seeing it over and over as it it will never die. What’s the matter with fashion these days? We’re coming out of a prolonged lockdown, pandemic in which so much of the arts and hospitality industry have been devastated and we’re about to come…

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Down the Time Black Hole of Fashion

By Claire Kennedy / April 15, 2021 /

Good fashion can take me away for hours even before I realize what’s happened. A simple search, or worse a photo and I’m gone. Starting with cleaning out my Evernote account, less really is more, I found the obituary for Martha Phillips. This is a long lost name, but in her day, it was everything.…

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Protected: Just Between Us – The V&A is a Real Treasure

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The Problem With Haute Couture Today

By Claire Kennedy / February 7, 2021 /

A subscriber to my weekly email asked (WHAT?…you don’t subscribe? …goodness, it’s free and lots of info over there – here’s the link. Remember you can always unsubscribe, but you won’t cause it’s full of goodies, including discounts on my resources.) So the subscriber remarked that haute couture is not meant to be relatable. And…

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