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Narelle Dore, an Afternoon Tea

australian womenswear designer narelle dore has continued working in antwerp since her graduation from the academy in 2008. on sunday august 8th, narelle hosted an intimate presentation of her autumn winter 2010-11 collection as an afternoon tea in the back garden and atrium of ra. her capsule of twenty handmade pieces was based on a series of pinhole camera photos narelle made at the salt lakes near her hometown of perth in australia. “the way the film captured the sunlight and harsh environment with an unfocused softness inspired the use of linens, suede, sanded silks and lasercut/burnt leather. i wanted to translate sun rays like amulets, to be incorporated into the cuts and textile effects.” narelle’s ideas were realised in an earthy palette ranging from burnt orange to soft beige, softened with pastels of sky blue and mint green. techniques such as crochet, macrame and delicate cutouts were integrated into traditional smock-shaped dresses, cropped blouses and panelled skirts, with intricate fabric jewellery and a pair of suede socks to complement the range. for the afternoon tea, narelle hung the garments across panels of stained stable wood, for an effect that echoed the ‘homespun’ nature of her concept. guests were treated to special spiced teas from local organic collective otark productions and a soundtrack from noted local artist and dj dennis tyfus.  narelle produced a limited edition pattern of her ‘sunray blouse’ for purchase on the day, available in five sizes.  “ra gave me this amazing back room for today which is such a beautifully sunlit room, allowing me to arrange the space in a very open manner …  I also made a cake that was my first successful non-packet cake! The back garden is open and the sun is shining. What more can i ask for?”  narelle’s collection is sold exclusively at ra for fall winter 2010-11.   event photographer credit: yana foque

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