Couture Chairs were thrilled when we were given the opportunity to create two fabulous chairs for Lan Nguyen – Grealis’s book launch ‘Art and Make up’ which kicked off London Fashion Week 2015.
The looks created specially for the book are inspired by the worlds of art, sculpture, cinema and performance art – references include Picasso, Warhol, Marie Antoinette, Cleopatra, Mad Men and The Great Gatsby.
We were given the brief Secret Garden and told our two chairs were to sit at a lavish banqueting table at the end of the catwalk. The banqueting table was designed and created by the fabulous milliner extraordinaire Louis Mariette. The table included a giant birdcage, red and gold Ostrich eggs, sumptuous candelabras embellished with classic and exotic flowers and deliciously decadent treats.
The event was clearly going to be creative affair. We decided to create a flamboyant peacock chair and a floral chair which would complement the beautiful floral arrangements around the grass runway.
The peacock chair had to include real feathers as we wanted the vibrant colours and delicate form. This was a real challenge though as we wanted to create the fan effect we al associate with this bird. We used gold acrylic peacock feather as a base and a structure to achieve the shape and then laid the real feathers over the top. We sourced a striking blue textured velvet to represent the plumage for the seat and then included a stunning peacock printed fabric on the inside back.
We wanted the floral chair to look like, over time, it had become part of the garden. We individually placed colourful flowers on the inside back with ivy entwined up one leg and over the back. We placed delicate butterflies on the arm, back and nestled into the ivy. We then chose a brightly decorative floral velvet and red sumptuous velvet to complement the design.
“The show was absolutely breathtaking and we were so privileged to be part of it. The models sitting on our chairs at the end was the highlight!”