Indian Summer

by Valerie on Monday, August 30, 2010

Indian Summer plaza

Indian Summer gate

Indian Summer detail2

exit to Indian Summer
photos by Francis

straw boater – ebay
Neneee Indian Summer Dress – self made
clogs – Miu Miu
gold jeweled bangle – thrifted vintage
leather watch – gift from mom
beaded bracelet – Gallop USA
friendship bracelets – thrifted deadstock

This fabric was a lucky find at the local craft store. While laying out the patterns to cut it into a dress, I noticed along the selvages it read: Inspirations by Terrie Mangat for Free Spirit. Curious about the artwork, I decided to do a little digging.

The first site that shows up in Google search results is Terrie Mangat’s personal website. Of course I was expecting to find a little insight to the artist, but what caught me completely off guard was the veritable goldmine of sparkling textiles displayed in her gallery. I’m skimming through previous collections and thinking, how neat would it be to make button-up shirt covered in funky fish?

Or a fun full skirt bursting with jelly beans sounds delicious!

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The fabric I’m wearing is called Chandigarh, which I learned (thank you, Google!) is a place in Northwestern India. The images based on one of its many attractions called Rock Garden where chambers and statues are comprised entirely of salvaged materials like broken glass, china ware, and clay. Making something beautiful from wasteโ€”that is always something I can get behind, natch.

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I am blown away by the print. The dress is just fantastic btw, fit is spot on. Do you know where you can purchase the fabric online, or just any good online fabric stores?

I love teal and red combos. The pop of contrasting colors are a perfect flirtation of hues. The boater hat really adds a nice touch to the outfit with the collar.

I always love the lighting in your photos. There’s some mystical shine lurking behind you, fairies waiting to come out.

Mae Lu, thereafterish.

Thanks, Rachel! I’m not sure about any of the aforementioned fabrics, but you can find stuff from her recent collection here:

Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks, Mae Lu. Does it look red to you? It’s definitely more orange in real life!

As ever, Francis is the master ๐Ÿ™‚

I love this dres sooo much, and the pictures of the statues in India are also really interesting.
Oh, and it does look a little red, yes, but orange is even better!

Thanks, Emily ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s kind of a red-orange, leaning more to the orange side though.

I love how the statues are made from discarded scraps! It really inspires me to be more resourceful.

I think all I want in life is a million peices made by you. You create every dress I could ever want! So so so amazing, that print is awesome!

your fabrics and cuts are most amazing!

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