While many designers draw inspiration from paintings and try to find a way of fitting it into available cloth patters and clothing styles, Holly Fowler decided to keep the paintbrush when creating her garments. The designer paints the designs of her garments by hand, allowing her to create practically anything you can dream of putting on a dress, with paint and painting skill her only limits in her creations. An amazing way of saving labor, when you consider the thousands of hours required from highly skilled seamstresses for each haute couture gown that hits the runways. Amazingly, she figured out a way to create dresses that loose none of the couture touch - the gown above, from her earlier collection, looks fit for a princess on her coronation day.
While her first two collections were are little bit too regal-looking for those of us not born into royalty, she's shortened the hems and made more from-fitting designs for her exclusive collections at Bergdorf and Browns. I'm not quite as much of a fun of the casual looks, some of the magic just seems lost, but I have always had a weakness for trompe l'oeil pieces, of which she is a master.
Finally, the coolest thing about Holly Fowler is the inspiration behind her work: Princess Pamela, a fictional character based on the designer's grandmother. Pamela is a modern-day princess, one who continues to dress up every morning despite being surrounded by yoga pants and hoodies, and stumbles upon diamond-encrusted crabs in grocery stores.
Auntie Mame would approve!