In our local bookstore while waiting for my youngest daughter Uma, I found myself engulfed in the splendor and grandness of Kate and Will’s Royal Wedding. On the magazine rack were several special editions of the event, and though I haven’t remotely been interested in the Royals or their shenanigans (much to my grandmother Mona’s chagrin), I read the special edition cover to cover.
The fashion and the attending guest list was fascinating – who would ever have thought that hats (somehow that word is an understatement of the heads festooned with such extravaganza) could be worn with such abandon for the wearer and viewer.
But what had me jumping up and yelping “YES” like a sport fan jumping for a goal, was the White Angora Bolero Kate wore with her “second” dress.
My yelping came from the delicious accuracy of which Kate chose to wear the White Angora Bolero coupled with the fact that I have been building my Eco Fashion version of White Angora and Cashmere boleros for several years called the Wing Bolero. They have been sold for both Green Weddings and traditional weddings and for any other occasion that needs a unique, versatile stunner of garment.
In 2007, I designed, by fluke and blunder and a little divine inspiration, the Wing Bolero. The design is made from reclaimed Cashmere or Angora sweaters which are reconstructed and transformed into these fabulous boleros.
Each time I build a Wing Bolero, as with any piece in my Eco.couture collection, a reclaimed garment, which has been chosen for the quality of the fabric (always natural fibres!) is placed on my dress form with the desired measurements, and there begins the process of reconstructing the garment. It is ruthlessly cut up and rebuilt until my version of recycling reusing and re-beautifying emerges!
This process is a meditation of sorts, sometimes I arrive with a clear plan of the final design but most often the garment mocks my certainty and leads down a new direction and I surrender. The result is that no two garments are the same, even within each style. I add treasures to each piece, unexpected details. This is the beauty of one garment at a time: the ability to create a truly one of a kind piece, born of whimsy and delight.
Well Kate, in the spirit of fabulous fashion choices, I wish you had known about my White Angora Wing Boleros and requested one. I would have loved to custom build you one from the finest reclaimed and reconstructed vintage Angora. It would have been a coup for Green Fashion and a great endorsement of environmentally conscious adornment. Regardless my dear, kudos to a great styling choice - I am glad we both thought of it.