Vivienne Tam Fall 2011

Vivienne Tam tapped into ancient and modern China for her Fall/Winter Collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York. She said she was after duality. A balance between ancient and modern and cultural contradictions in tradition. Her muse was the 600 year old Opera and a rather new avant-garde Opera House created by Zaha Hadid. But with a steady hand she created wearable looks by using tweeds, wook, silks and lace in varying weights while interpreting this heritage. The trompe l’oeil, appliqués, crocheted laces, and dramatic off the shoulder tassel fringes were simply breath-taking. By using native materials of Mongolian lamb and embellishing it with crystals and the bright colors of the Opera, Vivienne Tam created a collection of noteworthy spectacle. 

Appliquéd Motif on fur collared coat

Bead and sequins create the pattern on dress

Pleated dying pattern and appliquéd motif on gown

Appliquéd motif and batik printing on dress
Shimmery metallic and crochet tasseling on dress that was being worked on till the last minute before show!

Vivienne Tam being interviewed backstage

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