December 12, 2008

Eye on Style: Top Model Blythe

Before her NYC photo shoot, Blythe poses on the shelf above my work table. She's standing next to a photo of one of my first bags taken by my business partner, Danny Moshi back in 1999 and above her is Edward B. Gordon's catalog--the quality of the print and paper was so beautiful I had to frame it, plus his incredible commitment to daily painting inspires me.

I haven't had a spare moment to write about her, but this Blythe has been part of my work life for the last few weeks. CWC International invited me to design a doll for their 2009 Blythe Doll Charity Event in Tokyo. It's a huge honor--past designers for Blythe include Gucci, Christian Dior, John Galliano, Dolce & Gabbana, Issey Miyake, Sonia Rykiel, Vivienne Tam, Paul Smith, Anna Sui, and dozens of other great designers.

You can click here to get a feel of what a big event this is--I had the priviledge of designing a Blythe for their charity show a couple of years ago and it was such a fun and amazing experience!

I'd forgotten how much work goes into making a tiny dress. The incarnation of the first suede handbag above didn't make me happy. Being a handbag designer, I'm extra picky. I re-did it last night (it's in the top photo)--even if it is just a glorified rectangle, you'd be surprised how hard it is to finish off such a teeny tiny thing plus add to that the knot detail and it's even more complicated!

The dress is made from the actual fabric from a similar dress we're working on for my new line. It unravels very easily, which is fine for a people-sized dress but difficult to work with when it comes to miniaturizing it. It took a few passes before the fabric was smoothed down with special fusing. And with all the detailing on the dress, there were numerous fittings and an actual muslin (sorry no photo) made for this little frock before sewing even began. Such is the life of a lux model, the category that I chose for my gallery-going diva.

The theme this year was to design Blythe as a fashion model. Designers had to chose from some keywords, and I chose "luxurious" because with the couture dress and the real pearls, {yes they really are real pearls(!) courtesy of Mary Jo Matsumoto fine jewelry} my Blythe is definitely an uptown girl! She's an avid art collector and loves dressing up and attending all the latest gallery openings. She favors one of a kind bespoke clothing and would rather have a few classic pieces than tons of things she'll throw out at the end of the season--which is why Mary Jo Matsumoto is this pink-eyed beauty's first choice. Although she's heavily involved in giving back through charities and supporting the art world, Blythe still likes to kick it up and have fun. She's not afraid to sport a blond braid in her long silky hair, (a nod to the ever-chic Holly Golightly) which lets you know immediately that she's a bit of an out-of-the-box thinker. Notice that despite the elegant dress, she still manages to show off her best asset--those top model legs that go on forever!

Blythe is jetting off today for a photo shoot in NYC before heading to the big event in Tokyo. Wish her well!


m e l i g r o s a said...

Nice!! wow, awesome to see your fine work♥
-this reminds me of the NYtimes article with monochromatic wardrobe fashionistas

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

oh thanks Melie! I'd love to find that article :)

citysage said...

You work it, Blythe! Mary Jo sure did treat you right---and I just know you're going to be the toast of Tokyo!

A couple questions for you:
1. what's your diet/workout secret? I'd kill for gams like that!
2. maybe you could whisper in Mary Jo's ear to make a big girl dress just like yours?

m e l i g r o s a said...

Here it
There's five colors, gray included

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Thanks Anne! I'm glad you approve--and yes the dress is a mini-version of something in my line...

--Melie I just read the nymag article--thanks so much for passing that on! Oh dear, I hope I'm not so eccentric, but it made me happy that I have a couple of minute things in common with Karim Rashid (one of my fav designers)!

mymilkglassheart said...

You did such a nice job on that dress! I used to make Barbie clothes back in the day and those tiny little pieces and seams... AND trying to iron them! You have so much patience!

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Thanks Lara! Actually my sample maker sewed the dress--it was way too intricate for me, but it is based on a (people-sized) dress I designed.

Tina said...

what a stylish Blythe! that dress is fab! great work! i want that gorgeous grey dress :)

Jackie said...

What a fab little ensemble you whipped up for her! I am sure she is going to have the best time in Tokyo, how can you not when you are dressed to impress like that?

Anonymous said...

Mary Jo, simply amazing. Barbie's black and white dress has nothing on this piece here. Look at those darts!

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