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Michelle Obama- Inaugural Evening 2013 / Evening Gown Design

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Michelle Obama, say that name and two words come to my mind as a designer, Ravishing and Inspirational. As a fashion designer, I make my living  predicting trends, colors, moods, looks, and styles when it coms to fashion. Watching Michelle Obama’s speech inspired me to no end. The 48-year-old First Lady of the United States was all smiles as she took the stage at Time Warner Cable Arena and addressed the crowd, and what came from her lips was pure oratorical bliss. I listened, as millions did , as this woman showed us that she is a super power in her own right.

Gordon Stewart: “If Barak Obama is re-elected, he will owe more to his First Lady than any President ever to win a second term.”

This is on the mind of everyone taking notice around the world. So in the spirit of Michelle Obama, celebrating her success, I will create a few pivotal looks for that wonderful inaugural day and evening of 2013. My first offering is a of course evening wear. I wanted a dress that was feminine,timeless,elegant, almost ethereal, fully representing that WONDERFUL speech she gave. I would use black chiffon and silk. The bodice would be fully draped, with a flirty single shoulder style. The mid-section of the dress would be draped, as to tie not a knot, that would then flow effortlessly into a light and wonderful floor length hem. I chose this heavily draped style in homage to ancient rome, as much of washington’s architecture and politics  is based on a roman-greco aesthetic and lifestyle. I would want The First Lady to walk into the ball room, looking as if she has walked out of a page of history,conquering all of ‘modern-day rome’/ washington with just her words. So fabulous. I am so inspired, I will be doing more looks in the coming weeks. It feels wonderful  to share my talent with this great moment in our nation’s history. Who knows, maybe my design will be chosen my The First Lady, only God knows.

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Mythology & Fashion-An Introspective In Style and Imagination

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I am always looking for different ways to express myself , my vision of style and fashion. When I was a kid, mythology was a constant reminder how fascinating this world was. The tales and fables of past ancient civilizations fascinated me so much, till most of my early life, I wanted to become an archeologist. Wether through astrology, or looking at the stars, man has always wondered about a higher power man has always wanted to be more, do more , and understand more. In this small presentation, I have searched  around the world, through time, and discovered a few deities that have meant much to man. Some are ancient not so well known , some are well known, but at one place in time a human bent his knee to these inspired Gods/Goddesses.  Each presentation is of an original design, a small synopsis of that deity, as well as the deity drawn and rendered  in my signature fashion illustration style.  Enjoy this presentation of mythological history and fashion, it brought back so many boyhood memories for me.

 

Aries (meaning “ram”) is the first astrological sign in the Zodiac, which spans the zodiac between the zero degree and the 29th degree of celestial longitude. According to the Tropical system of astrology, the Sun enters the sign of Aries when it reaches the northern vernal equinox, which falls on 21 March each year, and remains in this sign until around 22 April. In Sidereal astrology, the sun currently transits the constellation of Aries from 15 April to 15 May (approximately). Individuals born during these dates, depending on which system of astrology they subscribe to, may be called Arians or Ariens.
In Hellenistic astrology, the sign of the ram was mythologically associated with the golden winged ram that rescued Phrixos and his sister Helle from the altar where they were to be offered as a sacrifice to Zeus. The golden ram carried them to the land of Colchis but on the way Helle fell into the sea and drowned. When Phrixos arrived at Colchis he sacrificed the ram to Zeus and presented the golden fleece to his father-in-law, the King of Colchis. The fleece was then hung upon a sacred oak and guarded by a dragon until rescued by Jason and the Argonauts. The myth recounts that Zeus was so moved by the ram’s fate that he gave it the greatest honour of being moved to the heavens.


The daughter of Leto and Zeus, and the twin of Apollo. Artemis is the goddess of the wilderness, the hunt and wild animals, and fertility (she became a goddess of fertility and childbirth mainly in cities). She was often depicted with the crescent of the moon above her forehead and was sometimes identified with Selene (goddess of the moon). Artemis was one of the Olympians and a virgin goddess. Her main vocation was to roam mountain forests and uncultivated land with her nymphs in attendance hunting for lions, panthers, hinds and stags. Contradictory to the later, she helped in protecting and seeing to their well-being, also their safety and reproduction. She was armed with a bow and arrows which were made by Hephaestus and the Cyclopes. Artemis was worshiped in most Greek cities but only as a secondary deity. However, to the Greeks in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) she was a prominent deity. In Ephesus, a principal city of Asia Minor, a great temple was built in her honor, which became one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”. But at Ephesus she was worshiped mainly as a fertility goddess, and was identified with Cybele the mother goddess of eastern lands. The cult statues of the Ephesian Artemis differ greatly from those of mainland Greece, whereas she is depicted as a huntress with her bow and arrows. I decided to design a suitwith short pants for this diety . All white silk wool suit, representing purity and chasity,what Artimis is known for.The inside lining is blood red, representing the hunteress, and goddess of war Artimis is sometimes portrayed as. I wanted an illustration of a female deity that was not too feminine,unrully hair, almost tom-boyish,but still very beautiful, as this deity is also a warrior.


Gemini is the third astrological sign in the zodiac, which spans the zodiac between the 60th and 89th degree of celestial longitude. In the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this area of the zodiac between May 21st to June 20th each year. In sidereal astrology, the sun currently transits the constellation of Gemini from June 16th to July 15th (approximately). Individuals born during these dates, depending on which system of astrology they subscribe to, may be called geminians
The ancient Babylonians referred to the constellation as Mastabba Galgal, the ‘Great Twins’, and commemorated within it the mythical friendship of the demi-god Gilgamesh and his mortal friend Enkidu, who fought against the gods in twelve adventures. Stricken by grief at Enkidu’s death, Gilgamesh pursued a quest to ensure his own immortality.
The ancient Greek tale of the egg-born brothers Castor and Pollux, born to their mother Leda after she was seduced by Zeus in the guise of a swan. Their consummation, on the same night as Leda lay with her husband, Sparta’s King Tyndareus, resulted in the birth of immortal Pollux, who possessed great physical strength, and mortal Castor who possessed great ingenuity. Upon Castor’s death Pollux begged Zeus to let him share his own immortality with his twin to keep them together and they were transformed into the Gemini constellation.



In the Ugaritic texts (before 1200 BCE) Athirat is almost always given her full title ‘Lady Athirat of the Sea’ or as more fully translated ‘She who treads on the sea’, This occurs 12 times in the Ba’al Epic alone. The name understood by various translators and commentators to be from the Ugaritic root ‘a/r ‘stride’ cognate with the Hebrew root of the same meaning.Her other main divine epithet was “qaniyatu / ilhm” which may be translated as “the creatrix of the gods (Elohim)”In those texts, Athirat is the consort of the god El; there is one reference to the 70 sons of Athirat, presumably the same as the 70 sons of El. She is clearly distinguished from / Ashtart (better known in English as Astarte or Ashtoreth in the Bible) in the Ugaritic documents although in non-Ugaritic sources from later periods the distinction between the two goddesses can be blurred; either as a result of scribal error or through possible syncretism. In any case, the two names begin with different consonants in the Semitic languages; Athirat/Asherah with an aleph or glottal stop consonant and `Ashtart/`Ashtoreth with an `ayin or voiced pharyngeal consonant ), indicating the lack of any plausible etymological connection between the names.She is also called Elat (“Goddess”, the feminine form of El; compare Allat) and Qodesh ‘Holiness’ . Athirat in Akkadian texts appears as Ashratum (Antu), the wife of Anu, the god of heaven. In contrast, Ashtart is believed to be linked to the Mesopotamian Goddess Ishtar who is sometimes portrayed as the daughter of Anu while in Ugaritic myth, Ashtart is one of the daughters of El, the West Semitic counterpart of Anu.In UgaritAsherah, the Shekinah, consort and beloved of Yahweh.God-the-Mother. Her sacred pillars or poles once stood right beside Yahweh’s altar, embracing it. Moses and Aaron both carried one of these Asherah “poles” as a sacred staff of power. The Children of Israel were once dramatically healed simply by gazing at the staff with serpents suspended from it. This symbol, the snakes and the staff, has become the modern universal symbol for doctors and healers.* Asherah was also widely known in the Middle Eastern ancient world as a Goddess of Healing. Then She was removed forcibly from the Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures around 400 or 500 B.C. Her priestesses & priests, known by the headbands they wore, worshiped on hill-tops, such as Zion, Mount of Olives, Har Megiddo, seasides and countless others. Daughter of Zion, a term found numerous times in the Old Testament, was perhaps a term for a priestess of Asherah. It later came to mean the “City of God,” or Jerusalem herself. As the “official” state worship became increasingly male oriented, and the establishment became hostile toward all forms of Asherah worship, a time of conflict and bloodshed lasting over a hundred years began. Those that still clung to Her worship paid the price with their lives at the hands of King Josiah and other rabid Yahwists. (Story in the 2nd Kings ). But She could not be torn from the hearts and souls of Her people.

Talent Spotlight / Seaki Creative Services

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Hello everyone, As many of you know, I m an international freelance fashion designer based in NYC. I have done this video to introduce myself to the online professional community, and those of you that need graphic and or Product design services Pls feel free to check out my online portfolio by clicking HERE

In the video, you will see just a few of the services that I offer as a Fashion design consultant. Some of these services include: Product design, Fashion Illustration, Product Branding, Graphic Design, Technical Design, Production Assistance, and Sourcing. Feel free to call me to discuss your creative needs.

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Dior and Chanel among designers set for Cannes fashion show

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Alexander Wang, Balenciaga and Roberto Cavalli are just some of the big names contributing looks to a Carine Roitfeld-curatedfashion show at the upcoming amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS gala during the Cannes Film Festival.

The annual fundraising event is always a highlight of the festival, and will for the first time feature a full-scale fashion show based around former French Vogue editor Roitfeld’s concept of the perfect black wardrobe. Some 20 designers are contributing to the show, ranging from classic French labels Christian Dior and Chanel to rising talents such as Scotland’s Christopher Kane.

WWD reports May 16 that the entire collection will be auctioned off as a single lot during the May 24 gala at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden Roc in Cap d’Antibes, where Roitfeld joins the likes of Milla Jovovichand Karl Lagerfeld as an event chair. Stars including Janet Jackson and Kylie Minogue will provide musical entertainment.

Other hotly anticipated events at this year’s Cannes, which runs May 16-27, include the Women in Film event in collaboration with Calvin Klein on May 17 and the Trophée Chopard ceremony, also on May 17 which annually honors the talent of two rising actors.

Fascinating News – Titanic Sinking 100th Anniversary: RMS Artifacts To Be Auctioned Off

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 AMHERST, NH.- RR Auction is offering the public the opportunity to bid on a vast array of recovered relics and signed memorabilia relating to one of the grandest—and most infamous—vessels to ever succumb to the sea. These surviving items convey the astonishing legacy of not only the ship that epitomized the very meaning of opulence, luxury, and stability in the early 20th century, but her passengers as well; the individuals whose names would forever became synonymous with the most devastating peacetime maritime disaster in history. Among the other museum quality pieces to be featured: · Last known letter from Titanic’s heroic bandleader · An original fragment of the Titanic’s aft grand staircase; which was within frightening proximity of the exact location the ship broke in two. · An 18 karat gold collar stud: recovered from the body of first class passenger, Austin Partner, and returned to his family. · A nostalgic locket; recovered from the body of George Dunton Widener’s valet, Edward Herbert Keeping, within weeks of the tragedy · Rare pay slip from a surviving crewman; for his six days of service aboard the Titanic. Locket recovered from millionaire George Dunton Widener’s valet up at auction Mr. and Mrs. George Dunton Widener from Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg, France, with their son, Harry Elkins Widener, Mr. Widener’s man servant, Edward (a/k/a Edwin) Herbert Keeping, and Mrs. Widener’s maid, Amalie Henriette Gieger. They had been in Paris with their servants searching for a chef for Widener’s new Philadelphia hotel, the Ritz Carlton. While Mrs. Widener and her maid were saved, the Widener men as well as Keeping died during one of the largest maritime disasters in history. An original locket among Keeping’s personal effects recovered from RMS Titanic tragedy will be featured in an upcoming Titanic auction, from New Hampshire based RR Auction in April. The beautiful locket containing two photographs, one of his wife and the other of their daughter and was officially recorded by the provincial coroner of Nova Scotia before it was returned to his wife. Keeping was 33 years old. His body, the 45th to be recovered by the chartered cable ship Mackay-Bennett. Keeping’s wife replaced her daughter’s water damaged portrait with one of her husband and the locket has remained in Keeping’s family continuously until the present. He had met his wife, Karin Johansson, who was from Sweden while they were both working for the Wideners as servants at the Widener estate. Johansson was home in Pennsylvania attending to their 3 year-old daughter when the disaster occurred. “It represents one of the most impressive artifacts with direct ties to the Titanic, says Bobby Livingston, VP at RR Auction, “The rarity and beauty of this striking and poignant locket cannot be overstated.” Original material relating to the Widener party on board Titanic is practically nonexistent as all three men were lost.

I, personally, find this auction fascinating and morbid at the same time. To bid on items that belonged to fellow human beings that were destroyed in such a devastating fashion is simply macabre, yet sentimental. Like many of you, my fascination is fueled by the hugely successful epic romantic  movie of this legendary disaster. “Titanic” sailed into theaters in 1997, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage. The love story was epic and thrilled international audiences, as this acclaimed movie asked the question, “What if  the characters  of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet actually existed on this doomed ship?”. Though we will never know if a real love story between social classes took place on this ship, it is fascinating to ponder. “Titanic” created a huge interest in this historical event that has never seemed to wane, in fact resurgence into the ship, its crew, the passengers, and of course the physical shipwreck has grown, especially now, since authentic articles of the shipwreck are now being auctioned off.  Below are only a few of the items that are being auctioned off by RR auction house, many in excellent condition, considering that these items were under icy sea waters for more than 90 years. Two items stand out to me, the kimono style silk robe and the simple wool vest. In my imagination, I wonder if  these articles belonged to real actual people that were like “Jack” and “Rose”, two young lovers overjoyed with their new romance, a romance  that would live on into eternity.

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An original deck chair that once graced the decks of R.M.S. Titanic.

Silk Japanese kimono-style full-length robe worn by iconic Titanic First Class passenger Lucy Christiana as she escaped the Titanic into a lifeboat and later aboard the rescue ship R.M.S. Carpathia. This looks like something “Rose” would wear, this disrobe, during the gorgeous sketch scene with “Jack”.

The vest belonging to a third class passenger named William Henry Allen was found in the Titanic wreckage. In the movie, the character “Jack” wore a vest very much this artifact.

 A personalized gold bracelet with platinum letters spelling “Amy”, inset with  diamonds

This menu was given to first class passengers on the day of the sinking of the Titanic. The keys were used by Titanic crewman Samuel Hemming to unlock the door where the lifeboat lanterns were held after he was ordered by the ship’s Captain to ensure all 15 lifeboats had lit oil lamps.

A pair of men’s cotton gloves from the RMS Titanic Inc. These gloves were probably used by the first class wait staff, will serving on 1st class passengers.

All photos are courtesy of artdaily.org  and R.R. Auction . For more info on this legendary auction as well as other auctions of historical artifacts, visit  R.R. Auctions