Layne Dann

A Note from the Designer: Nostalgia, Romance, Poetry in Cloth

Layne Dann
A Note from the Designer: Nostalgia, Romance, Poetry in Cloth

 

In 2010, three years after graduation I began Gee June.  It was hard, had a steep learning curve, and taught me humility and compassion.  I made mistakes, made amends and kept on making until things started working out for the better. It was bittersweet, a little bit lonely, sometimes (kinda) sad but, fun, optimistic and hopeful.  In a word: Nostalgic.

Sewing is nostalgic.  Sewing, by hand or machine, has a way of reminding the seamstress of everything they have ever done right, wrong, or who they are missing in their life.  If a cut is off, a seam un-straight, or a mistake that means starting over is made; The Sewer is taken back before going forward again.  Sewing like Romance is a discipline of humility.

Making a wedding dress or an adornment is a poetic experience.  Line by line a seam is sewn and it may mold to the body or have to be crossed out!  A wedding dress is symbolic of the person that the Bride is, where she has been and the step she is taking.  A white dress is a lady’s transition piece between symphonies.  Her adornments: Love notes!

Thank you for Reading,

Layne

Pictured:

Headpiece: Downton Abbey inspired blush fascinator.  Made in Ithaca, NY (The Original Hollywood and movie capital of the world!) 2015.  Blush Fascinator made from Silk Flower, dried hydrangea petals, velvet leaf, hand dyed Ostrich feathers.  Dress:  Ballerina Wrap dress.  Made in Moravia, NY (Home to Millard Fillmore, 13th United States President), 2012 for The Great New York State Bridal Expo held in Times Square, NY.  Ballerina Wrap Dress made from layers of Silk Organza, beaded and embroidered tulle; lined in Silk Jersey.

Photography Credits: Peggy Sue Thorpe Photography, www.Peggysuethorpe.com

Model Credits: Julia Fedorka. Fun Fact: Julia and I grew up in separate towns, 30 minutes away from each other, we attended FIT and worked New York's Garment Center at the same time but, never met until we moved to Los Angeles and began work for the same fashion company in 2009.  Five years later we ran into each other again at Joann Fabric's in Ithaca, NY where we realized our similar circle in life-small world!