Thursday, June 30, 2011

To have and to hold.

I am having so much fun with GELIEFT's designers, Teresa and Stephen :) Working hard while having a good laugh makes it totally worth it! For the past 2 weeks I have been helping them with a GORGEOUS wedding dress for a young girl who's getting married on the 16th of July. Her fitting was yesterday - she looked beautiful and was in LOVE with her gown! Teresa is almost done with the lace molding and then only a few details left. 

Teresa fitting the corset on "Dilorus" :)

Busy hand sewing while it was pouring outside..

Bernice (their seamstress) - such a PRO!

BELOW: Yesterday's fitting

Stephen and Teresa placing the lace on the straps

The PERFECT fit :) 

Karla busy pinning a mock up for me to sew..

This week we were two interns, myself and Karla (she's a 2nd year student at Elizabeth Galloway in Stellenbosch). We had a lot of fun together but unfortunately today was her last day for she's leaving for Namibia tomorrow. I will accompany Teresa and Stephen to Cape Town tomorrow morning to do a bit of fabric shopping with another bride-to-be :)

Can't believe next week is my last week... As the saying goes - time sure flies when you're having fun! So true. 


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Home sweet home...

Done with our third outfit and onto the next! During our 4 week "holiday" now we have to intern for 3 of them, like I mentioned in a previous post, and we have to sew our 4th look as well. I started my internship at GELIEFT's studio in Stellenbosch yesterday and am having an awesome time! They are extremely sweet, understanding and very helpful :) I will dedicate an entire post every week to keep you updated on what I have been doing and what they are working on (they are amazing at multitasking by the way!). I am very proud of my 3rd look, the fit was perfect and it DID look like a jelly fish if I must say so myself :P 

Hellooooo jelly!

Have a good week!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Ah, McQueen :)

Watch one of my favourite Alexander McQueen fashion shows here - Women's S/S 2010 - Plato's Atlantis. How amazing? Pure GENIUS! Another video below:

Alexander McQueen
 Fall/Winter 2009/10 Womenswear

A few photos to remind you just how awesome his designs were...

Oh my goodness. RIP Alexander. 

Luckily we still have the talented Sarah Burton to surprise us with those futuristic elements :)


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue :)

Established by Teresa Joubert and Stephen van Eeden, the GELIEFT brand is inspired by Dutch design and French flamboyance and together they create beautiful (impeccably made!) and fashion-forward bridal wear. To celebrate their first birthday in April 2011, the brand gathered 20 of their past brides to be a part of an amazing shoot in Paarl, South Africa where the brides wore their bridal gowns again. I have gathered a few photos of this shoot as well as some of Teresa and Stephen's work to show you just how beautiful and romantic it really is :)

Photos of GELIEFT Bridal and Evening couture as well as a few photos of their prèt-a-porter garments displayed below..

GELIEFT Photo shoot

Watch a video of the photo shoot here




 These garments in real life? All I can say is WOW! To check out the rest of their designs, visit there website HERE

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As a part of our curriculum this year we have to do a 3 week internship during our June/July holiday. I heard about Stephen and Teresa's brand last year when a family friend's daughter got married in a beautiful custom made GELIEFT wedding gown. The mother of the bride wore a stunning black lace, fitted, sleeveless, V-neck dress also by GELIEFT. I was imPRESSED.. 

I decided to take a chance and e-mailed them. We set up a meeting and after showing them some of my work, chatting for an hour and a half (they were very friendly!)and receiving a tour of their adorable studio,  I am happy to say that Teresa and Stephen are allowing me to intern with them! I am extremely excited :D This is such an amazing opportunity for me to learn from two of the best, I will definitely keep you posted.

Wish me luck! :)