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Angy's Blog October 2008

The trials and tribulations of a fashion designer in the Lake District!



ARCHIVE: my previous entries:

SEPTEMBER - Early OCTOBER 2008 (Newcastle United Wedding Dress - Wedding Shows at Abbey House and Carlisle)

AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2008 (Fashion Designers - Spectrum in Four Seasons Collection - Sara Gadd Millinery)

JUNE - JULY 2008 (Haute Couture - Vivienne Westwood - Wildlife - Dorset Buttons - Magna Carta)

FEBRUARY - MAY 2008
(Lake District Inspirations - Long Blondes - Wedding Show)


18 OCTOBER 2008 - LATEST PHOTOS

Just received the pics from the Woman Event taken by Claire Westwood ... excellent!. Claire has really captured the movement and the shapes of the dresses artisically.

I have replaced the 'Spectrum in Four Seasons' Woman Event catwalk pics below, with Claire's photos - you can click on the links against each design for a selections of extra, larger images. I have create a separate webpage of images for each of my main designs. I have also pasted a few larger images from the event, to the right and below. These are just a small sample of the 500 she has taken:

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15 OCTOBER 2008 - ON MY RADIO

Just back from an exciting trip up to Carlisle, where I was interviewed LIVE on air by Paul Braithwaite on BBC Radio Cumbria! I was a bag of nerves at first but quickly relaxed once we started talking - especially off air when the music was playing. A lot of the interview focussed on me growing up in Romania, and my experience of being part of the 1989 Revolution in Timisoara. There is so much I could say about life at that time, and about the corruption and injustice that still lingers today, despite the real changes that the Revolution ultimately brought about. Conversation moved on to my dressmaking and to fashion design, and what I am doing now. Really weird being there and putting faces to the people I listen to everyday in my studio. I first heard Paul on air when he was stuck in the studio on that awful night when Carlisle was flooded. The waters were rising around the Radio Cumbria studios, but he managed to broadcast throughout the night which was very comforting. At that time we had recently moved and we stayed up all night unpacking, listening to the story unfolding. The wind was howling through the trees and the rain was battering the windows. I am sure that Paul's constant banter was comforting to many other people that night.

There was really nice buzz at Radio Cumbria. They are such a nice, professional team there, and the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. Nell Gordon, the producer, showed me round after the interview, and I was introduced to two more of my all time favourite presenters, Val Armstrong and Tony James. Val has interviewed me before, but not face to face. She even had a copy of my leaflet in her diary! I felt honoured!

Radio Cumbria is producing a fab calendar for 'Children in Need'. Nell will send me the details when it is ready so I can put a link on my Blog and website. Great cause, great calendar - watch this space and send for a copy!

There was no rush to get back so we made the most of the day. Called in to the Old Smithy at Caldbeck for coffee and ice cream then on through Mungrisdale, at the back of Blencathra. Nice blend of gorgeous autumn colours and Tony James interviewing Debbie Harry on the radio ... what could be better than that?

Fish & Chips at Crosby's in Whitehaven of course! I have to confess that Fish & Chips is my other weakness ... and it doen't come much better than at Crosby's - unless its a lovely summer's day so you can sit on the harbour wall and eat them from the paper! We have even made a detour to Crosby's on our way home from Barrow before (check the map and you will see how mad that is!) But that's another story!



14 OCTOBER 2008 - UPDATE

Back to normality - almost! Off to Carlisle tomorrow to be interviewd by BBC RADIO CUMBRIA by Paul Braithwaite, standing in for Richard Nankivell on the lunchtime show! Live show so please listen in: BBC RADIO CUMBRIA - 95.6 FM, 96.1 FM, 104.1 FM - Wednesday 15 October 2008 from 12:00 to 15:00.

Next show will be:

26 OCTOBER 2008: HAGGERSTON FASHION & CRAFT FAIR - Haggerston Castle, Northumberland (near Berwick)

Some of the local schools there are designing and making either a piece of clothing or a hat from recycled materials - I have been asked to assist with the judging which would be very interesting. I will also be exhibiting the infamous 'Toon' Dress (Shades of Grey) and a couple of others from the collection.


Photographs by Claire Westwood, Kendal - www.westwoodphotography.co.uk
Models courtesy of Premiere Productions, Scotland


12 OCTOBER 2008 - CUMBRIA LIFE WOMAN EVENT

A lie in ... what luxury! No alarm clock ringing in my ear at 7 a.m.. No panic to finish another dress. No worries for a change ... other than Felix crying for attention!

The shows went very well, especially the Friday night which was a sell out. The venue at Rheged was great and the catwalk was set against a waterfall. The acoustics and sound could have been better, but happy to sacrifice that for the setting!

My outfits came out in order as planned, and the colours looked fantastic. There was more time for each dress (approx 10 minutes in total) and a longer catwalk than at the wedding events. This enabled my designs to be shown off to better effect, as I was able to use all the accessories I had concocted - crazy hats and fantisizers, Venetian masks and my bouquet of red roses and barbed wire! The music also worked well with the designs - 'Maria', 'Atomic' and 'One Way or Another' - all Blondie. Plenty of positive feedback too. Claire came along on both days to take photos and shoot video. Will use them for a portfolio and perhaps make a calendar based on the ' 4 Seasons' together (Claire's idea). Looking forward to the results. The pictures of the twelve outfits, pasted below, are just snaps . .. will place a selection of 'proper' shots from Claire on the main website when they are ready. Perhaps an MPEG too.

Shades of Grey
The Friday catwalk show was followed by a 'Grumpier Old Men' session hosted by Fiona Armstrong (Border TV), with Stuart Maconie, Gordon Swindlehurst (Radio Cumbria) and the Hairy Bikers (Dave Myers and Si King), which was great fun. Afterwards I popped back stage to catch up with Dave. I know him through his partner, Lili. He is such an easy going, lovely person, just as he appears on TV, and he never has a bad word to say about anybody

With Si King & Dave Myers (The Hairy Bikers)

With Stuart Maconie
Dave dragged Si into the changing area to see the Toon dress. For a moment I thought he was going to say he was a Sunderland fan! Thankfully he is a 'Magpies; fan and seemed suitably impressed ... phew!

Here is the full "SPECTRUM IN FOUR SEASONS" collection, including the Ice Maiden and Solway Sunset which were first exhibited earlier in the year. I will be loading larger images from Claire in the near future. All of these dresses are designed for exhibitions. Each is a one off. They can be purchased as they are, otherwise I can recreate each design once only using alternative fabrics or adjusted to fit an individual.




CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR SEPARATE PAGES WITH LARGER IMAGES OF EACH DESIGN



WINTER

ICE MAIDEN

Deep mid-winter: frozen waterfalls, ice encrusted branches, frosted leaves and silence, apart from the crunch of your footsteps in deep snow. This is the dress for the ice wedding - complete with frosted lavender and glittering swarovski! crystals


Click here for ICE MAIDEN - extra, larger images


Photographs by Claire Westwood, Kendal
Models courtesy of Premiere Productions, Scotland

AURORA BOREALIS

The mysterious 'Northern Lights' are rarely seen in northern Britain - January is the best month, and north of the Arctic Circle the best place for this spectacular heavenly light show. 'Aurora Borealis' represents the flowing curtains of colour, and the sparkling stars of a winter's night. It has to be seen worn on somebody to appreciate its's true mystique.


Click here for AURORA BOREALIS - extra, larger images


Photographs by Claire Westwood, Kendal
Models courtesy of Premiere Productions, Scotland

CANDLEMAS

Candlemas falls around the 2nd of February, 40 days after Christmas. Beeswax candles are blessed by the priest for the coming year. In Cumbrian tradition Candlemas may even mark the end of winter, i.e.

"If the thrush sings afore Candlemas Day,
It does nowt after but repent and pray
If Candlemas Day be sunshining and warm,
Ye may mend yer oald mittens and look for a storm.
It Candlemas Day be fine and clear,
We'll get two winters in one year."

This gleaming dress represents candlight and the obscurity of the February skies.


Click here for CANDLEMAS - extra, larger images


Photographs by Claire Westwood, Kendal
Models courtesy of Premiere Productions, Scotland



SPRING

MELT WATER

Spring is coming. Water pours off rock faces and down the fells as the snow and ice begin to melt in the weak sunshine. The rivers are in spate and this is beautifully represented by the ruffles of the skirt. The hood reminds us that despite an upturn the weather is still unpredictable.


Click here for MELT WATER - extra, larger images


Photographs by Claire Westwood, Kendal
Models courtesy of Premiere Productions, Scotland



APPLE NODDY

Apple Noddy is southern Cumbrian dialect for April Fool:

"Apple-Noddy's Past an' gone
An thou's a noddy for thinking' on"

This is a fun dress to represent the humour of April Fool's Day and the optimism that comes with the arrival of Spring. I have used an intense lime green, like the new growth in our woods and hedgerows, topped with a gorgeous turquoise taffeta, shot with green.


Click here for APPLE NODDY - extra, larger images


Photographs by Claire Westwood, Kendal
Models courtesy of Premiere Productions, Scotland



SOLWAY SUNSET

One of my favourite views is that over the Solway to the Galloway Hills, from the back road between Ennerdale and Loweswater - best appreciated on evenings in late Spring when the landscape is bathed in a curious gold and apricot light which sparkles off the water and highlights the myriad colours of the wildflowers in the hedgerows. This dress combines a beautiful silk fabric and rows of hand made roses.


Click here for SOLWAY SUNSET - extra, larger images


Photographs by Claire Westwood, Kendal
Models courtesy of Premiere Productions, Scotland



SUMMER

MIDNIGHT SUN

Midsummer and the night is squeezed into just a few hours, Venture northwards and the sun barely sets - further still and we reach the 'Land of the Midnight Sun'. The bright, sunny yellow contrasts starkly with the midnight black to emphasize the subtle curves of this assymetrical, eyecatching design.


Click here for MIDNIGHT SUN - extra, larger images


Photographs by Claire Westwood, Kendal
Models courtesy of Premiere Productions, Scotland



SIROCCO

The 'Sirocco' is a desert storm, a wind which carries sand from the Sahara over the Mediterranean into southern Europe. It doesn't reach Britain but from time to time sand from the desert is deposited on our streets. However, this vibrant dress is really a fantasy of swirling sand, dust devils, shifting dunes, and thoughts of lazy summer days on the beach.


Click here for SIROCCO - extra, larger images


Photographs by Claire Westwood, Kendal
Models courtesy of Premiere Productions, Scotland



WILD FIRE

There are several meanings for 'wild fire'. However, I was thinking of the phrase 'to spread like wild fire' and also those difficult to control fires which are sparked by lightning or discarded ciagarette ends on the high moors. This is an exciting dress with more than a hint of danger or daring. Are you brave enough to wear it to a ball? This is my latest 'showstopper' - risque, pushing boundaries, yet still wearable!


Click here for WILD FIRE - extra, larger images


Photographs by Claire Westwood, Kendal
Models courtesy of Premiere Productions, Scotland



AUTUMN

HARVEST MOON

The nightsare already closing in, but the huge harvest moon, hovering over the horizon bathes the countryside with its soft light, enabling the busy farmer to bring in the last of the harvest. This is the season where red dominates - rosehips and rowan berries, toadstools and the red wine vintage.


Click here for HARVEST MOON - extra, larger images


Photographs by Claire Westwood, Kendal
Models courtesy of Premiere Productions, Scotland



HIBERNATION

Twilight has fallen on our year and those furry animals which scurried through our leafy lanes are now seeking cover amidst the dry vegetation and woodpiles to sleep out the winter. The fires have been lit, and we are curled up in our homes. Hibernation is another fun outfit to bring a little colour to those long evenings - push back the cobwebs and party!


Click here for HIBERNATION - extra, larger images


Photographs by Claire Westwood, Kendal
Models courtesy of Premiere Productions, Scotland



SHADES OF GREY

It's November and everything is grey and gloomy - mist, fog, cloud and rain. Summer now seems a long way off, and Spring seems even further. This dress needs no explanation - the fog that enshrouds the future of my favourite football club is the true inspiration here. Recycled team shirts and red rioses entwined in barbed wire!


Click here for SHADES OF GREY - extra, larger images


Photographs by Claire Westwood, Kendal
Models courtesy of Premiere Productions, Scotland


WOMAN EVENT video clips on YouTUBE: These range from 3 minutes to almost 10 minutes in length.
Please click on the following images for each show.
Models courtesy of Premiere Productions, Scotland.

Angy Morton Collection at Woman Event 2008 Woman Event - Angy Morton Catwalk Show CUMBRIA LIFE
WOMAN EVENT
Evening Fashion Show
10 October 2008
PART ONE & PART TWO

Running times:
Part One: 3 mins 13 secs
Part Two 7 mins 29 secs


Candlemas
Ice Maiden
Aurora Borealis
Meltwater
Apple Noddy
Solway Sunset
Wild Fire
Midnight un
Sirocco
Harvest Moon
Hibernation
Shades of Grey

Angy Morton Catwalk Show - Woman Event 2008 CUMBRIA LIFE
WOMAN EVENT
Daytime Fashion Show
11 October 2008

Running time: 10 mins 45 secs


Candlemas
Ice Maiden
Sirocco
Meltwater
Apple Noddy
Solway Sunset
Wild Fire
Midnight un
Aurora Borealis
Harvest Moon
Hibernation
Shades of Grey


Video courtesy of Claire Westwood
PART ONE
PART TWO


My previous Posts:


SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2008 (Newcastle United Wedding Dress - Wedding Shows)

AUGUST - SEPT. 2008 (Fashion Designers - Spectrum Collection - Sara Gadd)

JUNE - JULY 2008
(Haute Couture - Vivienne Westwood - Dorset Buttons - Magna Carta)

FEBRUARY - MAY 2008
(Lake District Inspirations - Long Blondes - Wedding Show)
Angy's Blog is written by Angela Morton, Fashion Designer & Dressmaker
Photographs copyright of Mike and Angela Morton


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