In The Studio

With Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman


I spent an hour at the Marchesa studio earlier this week. Walking into a dimly lit studio where familiar faces (see: Tabitha Simmons,) stood around a model being fitted, Georgina Chapman, one half of Marchesa, wearing a long white blouse and leather pants with flats, sat on her knees pinning a hemline. “Should it be this length?” She asked the bevy of stylish English girls around her.

The purveyors of sharp frozen memories, Canon have commissioned five celebrities to create and direct their own short films. They will, as Canon hopes, prove famous film director Ron Howard’s theory that, “everyone is creative.”

Among the slew of five personalities, none other than Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman. This is how I found myself staring at the inner workings of the composition of one of the most anticipated shows of New York Fashion Week. While the film has yet to release–with four days until show time, there is bead work to be had–I’ve partnered with Canon in the preliminary process to capture Chapman’s design inspiration and learn more about the runway process from the devil’s mouth and action, using a Canon 5D SLR.

Ironically, the same camera used to capture the details of my Marchesa-dress-laden wedding. I do enjoy a wholesome full circle coming to fruition. Have a look at some of the pictures, from her work station, just below.

A photo of Audrey Hepburn on the infinite inspiration wall. Here’s hoping at least something is modeled after the extensive fabric covering her upper half.

A swatch of the bead work–something I learned is carefully sketched and then created in house at Marchesa on 26th street.

A model getting fit in the distance, some fabric and bead swatches in focus. There is an undeniable air of Bollywood about this collection–Chapman mentioned that she’s quite taken by the aesthetic qualities of Indian culture: the vibrant colors, masterful sewing, stitching, beading and hemming. When asked how about the design process she stoically explained, “we’ve been working on this collection since last Fashion Week.”

To inspire Chapman’s next project, see here. Ah, the anticipation grows.

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