Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Morning Inspiration

The Sunday edition of the Chicago Tribune featured an article about a new company that gives you the chance to dress like an icon. The article wasn't long, but I was intrigued, so I decided to look it up. The company, www.phoenixproject.com, focuses on creating high end reproductions worn by celebrity icons of years gone by.
Amelia Earhart  
 Her flight jacket

 Flight Blouse with sliver wings clip

 The Gimbel Award Gown
 Josephine Baker
 Riviera Dress

 Cheetah Dress and Blouse

 War Gown
The Million Dollar Quartet
When  Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis all happened to drop by Sun Records on the same day, Johnny was wearing a traditional baseball jacket,
 while Elvis wore one made of nubuk leather. Baseball jackets are everywhere this spring!
James Dean
 Quarter-Stripe Camera Shirt. Notice the inseam pocket.

 3 Stripe Racing Tee
If you want to dress like an icon, I think that most, if not all of these styles can easily be reproduced right in your own sewing studio.
As I went through the pictures, I couldn't help but think about the people and their lives. They struggled with many of the same issues that we do. James Dean, Amelia Earhart, and Elvis Presley met a very tragic end to their lives. But all of them followed their dreams and took chances. I'm reminded of one of my favorite quotes,

"When we look at a statue of someone great, we think they've got something we don't. We are trained to think that only a tiny percentage of us have the stuff it takes to be a hero. Not many of us will cure any diseases or slay any dragons, but every single one of us, yes, every single one of us is called to be a king, a queen, a hero in our ordinary lives. We don't build statues to worship the exceptional life, we build them to remind ourselves what IS possible in our own." 

Wishing you a wonderful start to the week.

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  1. These are wonderful reproductions! Thanks for sharing.

  2. What an interesting concept. Yes, we'd like to emulate the admirable qualities of these icons and give up their (and our own) foibles and demons.

  3. This is so cool!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Isn't it interesting how up to date the pieces are? I really like the James Dean shirt.