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Friday, June 24, 2011

Jacket #4. White Dinner Jacket With Satin Shawl Collar & Black Piping

The genesis of this jacket was seeing a photo of Justin Timberlake turning up to a Hollywood summer party in a white dinner jacket with black piping. I immediately wanted to set out to improve upon the jacket he was wearing but create something similar looking. At this stage my shirt maker told me to go and meet up with Carl Sciarra, who is one of the bright shining lights of Australian fashion but at this stage has probably not had a chance to show off his talents. Carl showed me a new mode of designing - which involved adding and subtracting elements using a vector graphics programme like Illustrator. I was highly impressed with how quickly he could transfer my ideas onto Illustrator. And by the end of the first meeting I wanted to invest in a joint venture but unfortunately nothing came of it.

The highs: The jacket was made in Naples and some of the details included are signatures of Carl - like the 'Sciarra' embroidered in the right hand side. The lining was printed in China and then shipped to Naples, so it was a logistics process which was quite exciting.

The lows: The shawl collar was another let down. It wasn't padded so it didn't roll nicely and the satin used felt like it wasn't of substantial quality - so I was a little disappointed since the rest of the jacket was full bodied and felt terrific.

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