Due to a series of circumstances I haven’t gotten a chance to travel internationally much the last several years. This both makes me anxious and melancholy, since I find that one of the most successful ways to grow as a person sometimes is to put yourself in unique and foreign (no put intended) situations. Despite my lack of travel I have tried to constantly expose myself to other cultures by reading about them much as possible and investing in books with great photographs. Being a textile designer also requires extensive research for inspiration from around the globe. One day I hope to get the opportunity to travel to places like Morocco, Turkey, India and Africa to explore the way the natives produce their textiles. Until then, I will continue on my venture to find vintage garments that tell a story about these unexplored places of the world. Albeit nowhere near as awesome and exciting as actually traveling to these countries, I get a chance to visually explore what they are about in preparation for my future visits.
Below is a gorgeous vintage dress from the 60’s (you can find here.). The stunning burnt orange color reminds me of a spice market in India, and the intricate bead work around the collar and sleeves also has a rich ethnic flare to it. I paired the dress with an ethnic inspired handbag and vintage bracelets I have bought at flea markets and thrift stores.
Photo’s: Naomi of OmniaVTG.