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Dan Richters is the WINNER at Omaha Fashion Week 2013

This year Omaha Fashion Week gave out a $20,000 prize package to just ONE of the designers that showed in their big finale runway show.  Omaha artist/designer Dan Richters was the WINNER!!!!  I was so proud when they announced his name!  But honestly, I’d be so proud of Dan even if he hadn’t won the prize.  The prize is just a cherry on top of what he did at this year’s fashion week.  (A crazy $20,000 cherry on top!)  But seriously, his work, philosophy on art, and focus is incredibly impressive to me.  I’ve been a fan of his work since I very first moved to Omaha.  And still after years of sharing the runways of Omaha with him, I’m still continually amazed at how incredibly talented and humble Dan is.

Dan Richter’s surprised face is priceless as the Omaha Fashion Week producers announce him as the winner.

Hugs and celebration!

OFW Producer, Brook Hudson, encourages Dan to do a victory lap on the runway.

I was especially impressed with Dan Richter’s collection this year because he developed and perfected some new construction methods for his garments.  Created out of latex, his work touches on a sense of other-worldiness, sci-fi themes and power.  This collection featured a lot of custom molded latex details included faces, celtic knotwork, leaves, spikes and fringes.  I was just blown away.

Pieces from designer Dan Richter’s collection.

Dan Richter’s work on the runway

You can view more of Dan Richter’s fashion designs (and drawings, paintings, sculptures, etc) at www.danrichters.com

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Posted by on 08.27.13 in Fashion, Fashion Industry

 

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In progress shots: Making a Half-Helmet

Fashion Week started yesterday here in Omaha.  I’ve shown a collection at Omaha Fashion Week at least once a year EVERY year since I’ve moved here.  It’s making me a little sad that I’m not part of the frenzy this time around.  I tried to figure out a way I could show a collection at fashion week AND start all these new exciting leatherworking projects AND pay the bills, but something had to go.

Turns out, maybe I can’t do it all. (Denial! DENIAL! Go back into denial! DO ALL THE THINGS!)

Since I am a little sad and reminiscent, I have been looking through all the photos I have from last year’s Omaha Fashion Week where I showed my monoprismatic collection in the Avant Garde Show. This year’s Avant Garde themed runway show is tonight, so I thought I’d get in the spirit and share some behind-the-scenes shots of me making the studded and feathered half-helmet from my monoprismatic line.

FIguring out the sculpted feather shapes and patterns.

Deciding on feather placement.

Stretching and molding the buckram.

Vintage woven fabric. Delicious!

Prepping a sculpted feather for bias trim. I’m not afraid of a bit of hand stitching!

Feathers are stitched. Helmet is studded.  Ready!

Who doesn’t love chain tassel detail?

My half-helmet hits the runway!  (Photo: g thompson higgins gallery. Model: Dawaune Hayes. Makeup: Sirens at the Loft.)


Happy Avant Garde Night tonight, Omaha!!!

Yellow Studded Half Helmet by Audio Helkuik available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/108139984/yellow-studded-half-helmet

 

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Making Glovelettes

Have I mentioned I like accessories?  I want to make ALL THE ACCESSORIES.

For my prysm.break collection, I wanted to try my hand at a new hand accessory. Ha.

Ouch.

I thought a little tough glovelette would be fun. I’m really into leather accents right now, so I thought this would be a perfect addition to my prysm.break collection.

Sketching prysms onto my hand.

It took me a bit longer to get the pattern correct on this accessory than others. My dressforms don’t have hands, so I couldn’t drape the pattern.  Even if they did have hands, they wouldn’t move organically.  I needed to try the glovelette on myself to get an idea of what the glovelette would be like on a REAL LIVE HUMAN hand.  This meant I made lots of paper mockups and even more muslin mockups.  I made several fully finished glovelettes, complete with leather and hardware, before I got the pattern to be everything I wanted it to be.  Next challenge: finding fit models and grading the pattern up.  With every success, there’s a new challenge waiting to get tackled.

Perfecting patterns.

I’m pretty excited about this accessory pattern for a few reasons.  Mostly because it’s totally something I would wear: tough, unique, comfortable, leather.  Into it.

The prysm.break glovelette is really rad. Shocker.

My prysm.break collection drops into my online shop on FRIDAY!  My store will be at www.audiohelkuik.com.

 

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Cute Face.

I ended up in one of the photos while taking product shots of the blue garments from my monoprismatic collection.  My latest go-to pose for photos is called “Cute Face Pose.”

Cute Face Pose.

 

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New Website!

I moved my blog from audiohelkuik.com over to here (here, meaning where you are RIGHT NOW) at audiohelkuikblog.wordpress.com so I could turn audiohelkuik.com into a showcase of my creative work.  It includes my past clothing collections and a bit of the theater costume work that I’ve done.  I’ve been working on it real hard. Here are some screenshots from the homepage.  Feel free to explore the site & see what there is to see:

I’m in love with that header image above.  It’s just awesome.

 

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