Corset Presentation

Our corsets were our final project for out Body Contouring class last semester.  I am posting this now because we just recently had our critique for them.  Seeing as almost the entire corset is hand basted and sewn with special tailoring techniques, we did not finish earlier enough to have the critique before the last class.  I wanted to wait to show you the pictures until i was able to properly photograph them on the dress forms.  Everyone did an amazing job creatively and technically with these corsets!

Yoshi and Michael.  Yoshi is wearing Michael amazing corset inspired by back braces. 

Michael and JinJoo's corsets

Lynn explaining her beautiful red corset with foux leather piping(an incredibly difficult material to sew though). 

Kourtney explaining her stunning corset inspired by the veins and muscles of the body.  She created her own fabric by melting a plastic web fabric to her organza!

Closer up look at Kourtney and Micheal's corsets

Sydney's corset inspired by Japanese art and folding.  She pleated the center panel and created the two adjacent panels by covering the purple raw silk with the navy organza.

Back of Sydney's corset

Bina's menswear inspired corset.

Yoshi's corset

Close up side view of Yoshi's corset made in white denim with hidden piping details.

My corset.  I created the fabric by sandwiching lace in between two layers of organza to give it a more subtle feel. 

Back of my Corset with covered buttons. 

Detail of my corset

Goin Back to my Roots!

I know this post is a bit late, but better late than never! Plus, with St. Patrick's day only a week away it is somewhat relevant.  I went straight from London to visit all of my family in Ireland.  I have been to Ireland twice before and I absolutely love it!  I flew into Cork, the second largest city in Ireland only a short drive from the seaport town of Cobh where my relatives live!  My grandma grew up in Cobh and most all of her family still lives there. It was so great seeing all of my relatives and wandering around Cobh.  Cobh is the last town that the titanic left from before heading towards New York and it is the 100th anniversary this year.  There was a really cool exhibit at the actually dock where the ship left from.  After spending a couple of amazing days in Cobh, the O'connors and I went to Limerick to see the Lyons, my other relatives.  This was probably the best trip I have taken so far.  It was nice to relax for once and to be around family.  I hope to get back to Ireland sometime this year if I can! Here are a couple of pictures from the trip....

The cottage where my grandmother grew up with her 7 brothers and sisters!

A photograph of my great grandparents the O'connors

A little blurry but a picture of the all of the gal cousins.

Shipyards in Cobh

Cathedral in Cobh

Beautiful Cobh

Holly, Dani (Jacinta and Dan's girls), and Tia (Gerard and Brid's daughter)

Gerard and Tia

Gerard, Tia, Cian, Brid, Holly, Dan and I!

John and Mary (John is my Grandmothers brother)

Such a fun night!

John and I :)

After spending a couple of days in Cobh we headed to Limerick to see the rest of the relatives, the Lyons.  We ate dinner at this amazing Chinese restaurant. In this picture, John, Maggs, and Angela.

Aoife's husband and daughter Leah and Ciara!  

Happy International Women’s Day

I have never heard of this wonderful holiday before, however they take it quite seriously here in Milan.  Yesterday was International Women's Day and every street corner was occupied by men selling and passing out the Mimosa Flower.  Its a nice tradition to brighten anyone's day!

Mimosa Flower

Ink and water color drawing i did of the flowers.  (sorry for the bad quality image my camera died and i had to use photo booth!)

Off to London

The day after my family left I headed to London for 2 short days.  I bet this is no surprise to any of you, but I absolutely LOVED the city (minus the fact that it was the most expensive city i have ever been to!)  The street style in London was so fresh and creative.  I got such a good feeling walking around the city.  Because I was only in London for a short time, I decided to try and experience as much of the 'real' city as I could, rather than all of the touristy sights.  When I arrived i went to dinner with my good friends Katie and Ariana who are currently living in London and they gave me the scoop on all of the cool places to go.  While in London I wandered through the vintage shops at Brick Lane, went to the National Gallery and Tate Modern museums, and spent way to much time at the TOPSHOP flagship store!  I was sad to go having seen so little of London but I know that I will be back again (hopefully sooner rather than later!)  

Trafalgar Square

The lighting was so cool at night it looked fake.

My friend Yoshi and I at the famous square.

Double Decker Bus!!

The square again in the morning.

Sights along the Thames River

London Eye

Graffiti skate park.

Instillation piece at the Tate Modern Museum

The Quirk Family in Italy!

I returned from Munich and Paris to find my Mom, Dad, and Lauren waiting for me outside my apartment! I was so lucky to have them here in Italy for a whole week!! We wandered around snow covered Milan for a couple of days and then headed south to Florence and Venice.  We had a great time filled with obscene amounts of churches, leather, and pizza!

Dad and Lauren inside the Duomo di Milano

Lauren, my mom and I in front of the Castello (Castle)

Beautiful picture of my mom and dad in front of the fountain and castle

Lauren taking beautiful photos to develop in the lab at school

Us in Parco Sempione
The beautiful Duomo in Florence

450 some stairs later...we had this amazing view from the top of the Duomo in Florence. I would say it was worth the hike!

PonteVecchio, Florence

You can't visit Florence without seeing the incredibly famous David

Our new best friend, the leather man!

Lauren outside the Gucci Museum

Off to Venice to see the canals and gondolas!

The epic Muslim and Catholic decorated Duomo of Venice

View from the top of the Bell Tower.. this one had a lift, thank god!

Lauren and I on a bridge in Venice

Back in Milan I got sick so Sydney took the gang to the Triennale Design Museum

Sydney and Lauren 'resting' on the furniture exhibition