The Lela Rose spring 2013 show was awash in gorgeous brocades, novel textures and unexpected accents, which made for some of the most spectacular formal gowns we’ve seen for 2013. Rose’s background is in fine art; she started out as a sculptor, so it’s not unusual that she has an extremely keen eye for embellishments of all kinds, from drapes to overlays and crystal elements.
We got the chance to ask Ms. Rose about her stunning collection, and the background on her pieces is fascinating, and very artistic indeed! We asked her about how her fine arts background influenced her design work, and this is what she had to say:
“This whole collection is actually based on one of my favorite artists, Jim Hodges. His focus has always been on the elements of nature, and I really wanted to do something with that. So this collection is all about the fragile beauty he captures in his prints and drawings. In fact, one of the last dresses I sent out, which was ivory with embellishments in navy, is based on his ballpoint ink drawings. So when you look at that embroidery, it’s really more like ink that’s been etched onto the dress—very three dimensional, but simultaneously transparent.
In general, I use artists a lot as references for my collections. I love to be able to use that work, and I really love three-dimensional pieces. We used a lot of chains in this collection, for example, which actually goes back to Hodges and his spider webs! So inspiration can come from a lot of unexpected places for me.”