Some years ago, I was living in London on the famous Abbey Road. Yes, yes, very close to that famous zebra-crossing where John, Paul, George and Ringo had their barefooted photo taken! Actually, if you look at that famous photo closely, you can spot a car in the background. Well, believe it or not, my friend who is a jazz musician and frequented Abbey Road studios alot back in those days (the zebra crossing is right outside the Abbey Road Studios) told me that the car was later auctioned for about GBP 300000! Just because it was a “silent participant” in that famous photo.
SO back to fashion, Olga! Whilst living on Abbey Road I designed this signature collection, inspired by Jackson Pollock (one of my favourites) and Asian art. This particular Kimono was hand sewn with pink leather piping (made from real goat suede which I cut and stitched into meters and meters of pink piping) and later bombarded with all sorts of paint. For that part of the process, I put up that crazy bed in the bedroom, which was one of those “lift-up-and-disappear-into-the-wall” type beds, covered the floor with huge sheets of plastic, and painted away!
Later we (me, my stylist friend Ruby, Allan O., a photographer and model Eva) did a photo shoot at a St. John’s Wood basketball court, in a run-down section of the fancy hood. Eva, my beautiful model wore the kimono and posed with poise! Eva, by the way, is now a successful life-coach living in LA. She has run a charity project to help women in developing countries who suffer from breast cancer. She truly extends her inner beauty to the outside.
Of course, this Pollock Collection was later shown in a fashion show. Why almost vintage? Well this was ten years ago.
I’m now offering this Kimono and a few other pieces frommy signature collection on Etsy, because my atelier is crammed with too many designs!
This jump suit has been inspired by Jackson Pollock as well as the land of the rising sun – Japan!
Featuring a unique pattern, hand-sewn and then painted, also by hand. Some of the paints have a lacquer-like feel to them, sitting on top of the fabric and are of a harder consistency, while other pain splashes are soft and have sunken into the textile. Created and made in London, England; presented at several catwalk shows – so it has been worn by models.
Size: UK 8 to 10/ European 34-36 with a narrow feminine waistline
( slim fit; if you are between an 8 and 10 or 34 to 36 it will fit, but not bigger I’m afraid as it’s been made exclusively for catwalk purpose)
Material: Polyester satin.
Centre front zip which ends at top of collar.
Goat suede piping in the shoulder seams and the outer collar part.
Large Kimono sleeves with kimono-like slits in the underarm region.
Check it out on ETSY: