Model Robin Moss contacted me this past summer and convinced me to make her a wedding dress for a photo shoot she was organizing. Robin has modeled for me in the past for a Knot Couture shoot. As it turns out, it so happened to be with a photographer I’ve worked with in the past. His name is Kevin Voth, and he has contributed his talent to Knot Couture’s archives several times. He captured some great shots of Robin, and as always, I’m very happy with the results.
Model Robin Moss having her hair and makeup done.
Hair piece, handmade silk flowers with pearl and crystal accents.
A beautiful shot by Kevin.
Let me begin with the inspiration for the dress. Robin told me she wanted something flowy, so she can ride a horse in it . I decided to keep the design simple, and add an element to it that would suit this cowgirl’s style: denim. I know this was going to require a little work, as far a fabric manipulation to get it to look more elegant. I added a lace overlay and cut out the negative space. I then beaded over the lace with gold and rose gold bugle beads and gold glass pearls. The skirt was tulle and the body of the dress is made from silk dupioni. The sash is detachable and is made out of silk georgette.
Robin riding Pistol. He was a little camera shy.
Robin and Pistol, my favorite photo.
Model: Robin Moss
Photographer: Kevin Voth
MUAH: Nancy Couture
I managed to capture Kevin's elbow in this shot.
Details, details, details.
A few months ago, I stumbled across this engagement video by a cute little couple here in the heart of Georgia. I shared it with all our Knot Couture friends. I’m sharing it again with you now:
Now, if you aren’t nauseous from that mushy stuff, you are about to be. But first, let me just say that the seamstress and designer did an excellent job on this custom designed dress. I happen to know them both personally. Bravo.
Video Credit: Ray Roman
Bride and Groom: Matt and Ginny
Dress Designer: Chaviano Couture
Seamstress: Erin Bohanon and Annette Chaviano Thurman
Here are some exclusive photos taken by Sylvia Hagar of Erin and I working on our newest collection! See more of her work at http://www.syltastic.com.
Earlier this year, while Erin and I were in the beginning stages of designing our new collection, we were photographed by Sylvia Hagar of Syltastic photography. At the time we were photographed draping long skirts on Roxy Thrasher and picking fabrics and predicting yardages for other designs. There was discussion about carrying over a couple of the short dresses from the first collection by creating long dress versions of them. As of yet, this concept is still being toyed with.
For Knot Couture’s ’Amber Haze’ photo shoot, I played the role once again, as MUA. Actually, this time I ended up styling hair as well. It was a very unique experience working on someone else’s hair other then my own. The idea was to do a low side pony tail with a small poof. The makeup was a little more colorful, with dark a dark smudge of shadow and black liner. The result came out much better then expected! This gown was modeled by Christine Bridges and photographed by Tress Ritter.
More photos of ‘Amber Haze’ will be up on the website soon. Check out more of the spring 2011 collection at www.myknotcouture.com.
Despite my recent marriage to Knot Couture, I have fallen in love yet again. His name is Google Analytics, and he whispers sweet nothings into my ear about how many people have stopped by to shop in our virtual store. Basically, you sign up at http://www.google.com/analytics and enter your email address as well as the websites connected to it, then they give you a code to somewhere post into the coding of your site. I’m not exactly sure where it goes, but that’s what my IT guy is for :-).
With Google Analytics I can see a map of the world that is color coded depending on how many visits our store receives. Also, we can see what the most popular items are by clicks/ views. There are graphs, pie charts and even flow charts- everything this Virgo gal could every ask for! It’s nice to just know that our store had so many visitors for it’s ‘Grand Opening’!
In other somewhat related news, ‘Crystal Dawn’ seems to be winning the hearts of so many (you can see a video of ’Crystal Dawn’ on the homepage of my website: http://www.myknotcouture.com.) Just this morning I had an email message from someone in Australia who is very interested in customizing that style. I’m looking forward to seeing our Google Analytics map including Australia tomorrow!
'Crystal Dawn'- Photo by Tressness Photography
Model Rachel Jones wearing dress Chastity Rose
Tress Ritter, one of our wondefully amazing photographers, is hosting a photo session featuring Knot Couture. The event will be in Dallas, GA- Sunday, November 7th 2-6:30 pm. We have shot at this location before and loved the end results!
The photo to the right is an example of Tress’ work for Knot Couture. For those of you out of the loop, Knot Couture is a new alternative wedding dress line designed and constructed entirely by myself and my business partner, Erin Heinlein. For more information you can visit our website…. but not until Sunday because that’s when it launches! (www.myknotcouture.com) We can’t WAIT to see the final result of the site! The majority of the photography on the site will be by provided by Tress, but we do have other photogs that I must credit as well! Kevin Voth (http://www.kevinvoth.com) and Mark Craig (http://www.mcraig-photography.com) , you guys are also wonderful! MUAH Susan Osborne is definitely going places. And model Rachel Jones is on her way to becoming the face of Knot Couture! You will also see video footage and also much of the photography on our site by Dale Heinlein(www.yessandno.com).
For more information on the event, visit: http://tressnessevents.blogspot.com/2010/10/portfolio-building-on-location-bridal.html
For more information and to view Tress’ work, here is a link to her site: http://www.tressnessphotography.com/
Next Sunday Knot Couture will be featured at “Trunk or Treat”, a halloween event. The event will be held at Electric Body Art: 2100 Canton Road, Marietta, GA from 12-3. Basically everyone there will be asked to park their cars and the children will be going from ‘trunk to trunk’ collecting candy. Our table will be featuring KC’s bridal accessories such as headpieces and handbags as well as some cute pinup style panties. Anything that is not sold will most likely be featured in a local Atlanta boutique called Pin-up Girl! Costmetics.I will have more details on that later. For more information in the Trunk or Treat event visit the Facebook event page at the link below. If you can make it, look for the girls dressed as day of the dead brides.
Here’s One For My Portfolio:
So, Erin has been making patterns and dresses for Annette for months now, and all the hard work is finally paying off. Now that we have joined forces, we are expecting alot more work to come our way considering all the press Chaviano Couture is getting at Bridal Fashion week. I made this dress- Ruby Marie, which is only the cocktail version (there is a removable full skirt) is made out of silk duppioni with a pintucked bodice and pockets. It is fully lined as well. I’m not sure what the cost is for this style and I’m too lazy to track it down. I’m sure you can find out from her website or something. YAY!
Pattern by Erin Heinlein. Constructed by Nancy Couture. Design by Chaviano Couture.
Pattern and dress constructed by Erin Heinlein. Design by Chaviano Couture.
Pattern and dress constructed by Erin Heinlein. Design by Chaviano Couture.