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Monday, November 7, 2016

Monday Morning Inspiration/Bryan K. Osburn

This past Saturday I had the awesome opportunity to reconnect with the incredibly talented Bryan K. Osburn. He was our featured speaker at this month's Haute Couture meeting. 

We both studied at Ray College of Design more years ago than either of us can believe. He has not lost his charm. I came up to reintroduce myself after so many years, and before I could say anything, he asked, "How have you done it? You look exactly the same." So sweet :) 

When I first met Bryan, he was an 18 year old kid that oozed talent. What initially impressed me was his incredible artistic ability. The man could draw and design the most beautiful clothes! When we graduated, he was named Designer of the Year, and with that title, he went on to New York and continued his studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology. From there he has traveled the world and created beautiful clothes for many famous names including Diana Ross. 


He is now back in Chicago, designing incredible pieces that impart an escape to a world of fantasy. I thought that you too might enjoy seeing some of his incredible work.

Bryan brought this gown with him. He loves fabric and mixing unexpected trims that create drama.  


Here's the gown in color.


The following pieces are from the same collection.




We also had the opportunity to see the jacket below. It's gorgeous. Lined in pink. Look closely and you'll see the broach at center front. Bryan loves to comb through resale shops and antique stores for incredible pieces. What so many of us marveled at was how he has the talent to strategically place a piece so that it truly accents the garment rather than over power or take away from the design.




The jacket above shown in progress below.


Incredible drama!


He also brought the gown pictured below with him. I had the opportunity to try on the coat. An amazing piece.


A ruched sleeve in detail.


Love this gown.


He enjoys mixing unexpected fabrics. Love the plaid taffeta with the lace gown!



For a number of years, Bryan worked for many of the top bridal firms in New York, ultimately venturing out on his own. 




During Bryan's talk, he showed how his garments are just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. He's a true artist. 

What a wonderful opportunity it was for me to reconnect with Bryan. I hope that you too have enjoyed seeing some of his amazing work. If you would like to see more, you can find his webpage HERE. You can also find him on Facebook, just search for Bryan K. Osburn.

Have a wonderful week!
Rhonda



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16 comments:

  1. Thank you so much Rhonda! what a beautiful article you wrote.
    Stay blessed!
    BKO

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  2. WOW! Absolutely gorgeous!! So fun that you got to reconnect with Bryan. How wonderful that he's back in Chicago. When I saw the plaid with the lace, it reminded me of a dress my grandmother (before her time!) made for me when I was in junior high; it was a red plaid rayon-type sleeveless dress with a built-in sash (that made a puffy bow in the back) and a long-sleeved black velvet short jacket with a rhinestone button. I felt like a princess in that dress. I can't think of where I would've worn it (I grew up in a small town in Montana), but I still remember the way the fabric felt when I put it on, so I must've worn it somewhere (for Christmas??). The clothes she made were as pretty on the inside as the outside too. That is the sign of a true artist!! She would've loved Bryan's collections (and seeing the pictures, especially the one with the embellishments waiting to be sewn on). Thanks so much for sharing and giving me a memory from the past.

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    1. I'm so happy that I was able to share something that brought back such lovely memories 😊

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  3. Amazing thanks for sharing this #

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    1. I think he's pretty amazing too 😊 Glad you enjoyed discovering him.

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  4. Wow! Awesome garments. What a talented man. thanks for sharing!

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    1. Talented, handsome and so very sweet. An awesome combination 😊

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  5. His work is breathtaking -- art infused with fabric.

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  6. Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Wow! Imagining where you could wear such fabulous gowns is quite overwhelming. It's so nice that you could reconnect and enjoy each other's work.

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  8. His story is fascinating, thanks for sharing!!!

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  9. Your writing is spellbinding and like a "Dali Lama', you encourage others to be the best they can. I salute you.

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    1. Wow!, to be compared to the Dali Lama, I think that there is no higher compliment. His wisdom, sense of peace as well as his sense of humor are things I strive for.

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