Friday, January 11, 2013

Remembering a True Couturier

When I opened my email this morning, I found this note attached to this blog post, http://rhondabuss.blogspot.com/2012/05/fashion-show-recap-three.html
"This is a beautiful dress! I am glad that you posted this and gave Avadner her kudos. She was such a talented lady. I am her cousin and I regret to inform you that we buried her today. Rest her soul. Thanks again for posting this."
My heart is full as I write this post. Her name was Marion Avadner McGlory, a true couturier. In remembrance of her and her incredible work, I thought that I would repost the pictures of this magnificent dress that she created 75 years ago.
I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to open last year's Haute Couture fashion show with Avadner's dress.
Avadner created this dress as her final garment prior to graduating from The Art Institute of Chicago.
 The work is spectacular. The skirt is layers of chiffon that have hand rolled hems.
The bodice is a series of tiny tucks, 
each hand stitched in place. How fortunate I am to own this incredible work of art.
Avadner created, sewed and taught for many years. May she continue to be an inspiration to us all. 

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  1. Beautiful! I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. It sounds like you were lucky to know her.

  2. Condolences!


  3. Stunning dress, Rhonda, a work of art, and you wear it well. How wonderful to wear a special piece of history, and to have as a remembrance of your friend.

  4. Beautifully made and the dress looks fabulous on you.

    Sending my condolences to you & her family.

    Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

  5. Thank you for sharing photos of this dear woman's handiwork. The dress is gorgeous, and suits you very well. Now it is a reminder of a very talented sewist, an inspiration to us all.

  6. Sorry to hear about her passing, but what a nice tribute to an artist I had never heard of.

  7. How wonderful that we have these art works to cherish and that they are documented- I thought you looked gorgeous, too!

  8. Wooooow!!!!! I love it!!! You look so beatiful.

  9. Rhonda I remember seeing this dress last year when I saw the highlights from the show. It's stunning. Avadner was an amazing designer and did beautiful work. I am sorry to hear of her passing but her works live on and hopefully there is still something we may learn from them even though she cannot be with us.

  10. Such a great way to pay respect to someone so inspirational!