SS15 La Strada per CABIRIA and Cabiria Collections

April 12, 2011

Why I love fashion and throwbacks

Hi all!

Sometimes I get all wrapped up in the business side of making Cabiria happen, and I forget to show why I fell in love with beautiful garments and fabrics in the first place.

A little background: I worked in costumes for opera and Broadway before getting into fashion, but I'm very very old school in my academic approach to fine craftsmanship. I value that as highly as any other art. For instance, LACMA is having a "Fashioning Fashion" exhibition now, featuring some of the finest gold boullion embroidery I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot). Here's a piece from 1891:

...and here is a piece from Alexander McQueen's final, posthumous collection:

Both pieces are so stunning, and such a wonderful example of both the ART of craftsmanship as well as the reinterpretation of very old techniques and aesthetics.

Cabiria as a line won't be quite so ornate, but hopefully I'll be able to show you all really beautiful details and reasons why we deserve far more than we demand in this age of fast fashion and throwaway garments. Vive la supériorité!




  1. So royal stylish. Look nice, wonderful photography it has here. i like to read more on these.
    dean graziosi

  2. Thanks @deangraziosi! You can read about the (now closed) exhibit "Fashioning Fashion" here - there are gorgeous examples of so many beautiful ways to handle textiles there!

    - Eden

  3. Eden,
    I love those feathers too! I miss you, btw. Oh! And CONGRATS on your new line. It's very exciting!

  4. @Thanks, Stella! Lots of work, but I'm really enjoying the ride! xo, Eden