Although the heatwave hasn’t nearly ceased, I kept my word and ventured out my dimmed room – where I’ve spent the last few weeks tanning in front of my PC – in order to shoot this fierce editorial with my friend Celine (the one, who went to NYC with me). The reason I didn’t capture myself on camera this time is that the dress Celine’s wearing, was custom made for her role in this year’s Drama Club play and suits her best.
And, to be honest, being only the photographer definitely has its perks, think I could get used to that. As you can probably already tell, Celine played a hot-tempered Ex-Major – and rocked her uniform. When designing it (on Christmas Eve, after dinner) I tried to keep it rather simple, but still had the stereotypical details of real uniforms in mind, like epaulettes, double-breasted button facings or the colour scheme. Then I converted all that into a wearable longblazer and added some boldness with a low neckline-collar-combo. Confessing that creating this dress from the first sketch to the last seam all on my own gave me new confidence, isn’t that paradoxical. Of course I’ve felt a certain pride before, whenever I had sewn a piece, but a bit more than a year ago I was still taking sewing lessons and my teacher helped me at least with the patterns. That’s just incommensurable.
Lary Rauh dress.
Illustration/first sketch made on Christmas Eve, 2015