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How It's Made - Victorias Secret Angel Wings; Magdalena Frackowiak "Snow Angels"

How It's Made - Victorias Secret Angel Wings; Magdalena Frackowiak "Snow Angels"

I am so excited to begin my new blog - How it's made!

Before we begin, make sure you see How it's Made - VS Angel Wings for my introduction on this blog topic and my role in making these wildly elaborate creations!

Back in 2013, I was in my final year at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, creating my senior collection for my BFA in Fashion Design; with a focus on Special Occasion.  I had wanted to be a part of the iconic show since I was a young teenager, where my interest in fashion design began and was determined to land this job in my career.  I applied once before to a company internship and was turned away, but this only made me more determined.  I reached out to the head designer of the show directly, sending my portfolio and a well thought out letter and was called in for an interview.

Once my feet were in the door I dedicated all of my time and focus on succeeding at my dream job (and to eventually set myself into a paid position), so I worked hard and paid close attention to detail and my skills began to find opportunities to shine amongst my fellow colleagues.

Working in fashion, there is SO much more problem solving than I ever imagined! (I also LOVE this part of the job.)  There was a design for a feather cape that the team was having a difficult time fitting into the budget and this is when I decided to speak up and share my idea. I was terrified as an intern to come forward with what I believed to be a good solution but after my internal fight between self-doubt and feeling unqualified, and believing in myself that I had something to offer, I was surprised by the positive response I received.

 

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The problem was that the cape needed to be double-sided so that she could swing it around as she walked, twirl and have fun on the runway!  Double-sided fabric saturated in ostrich feathers is extremely expensive and the pattern was over 30 sq ft!  My idea was to purchase an open net fabric of white or silver color to construct the cape, and then hand-stitch ostrich feathers by the yard onto the net.

 

 

Ostrich feathers by the yard are much cheaper than purchasing a material saturated in feathers and netting is quite cheap as well.  Not only would this be cost-effective on its own but I figured if the feathers were on a loose netting, we could then pull some or half of the feathers through to the other side which would accomplish the double-sided element without spending double the money.

 

 

After presenting my proposal (as an unpaid intern at the time), my superior looked at my thoughtfully, considering what I had said and told me to purchase a small number of materials, make a sample and show the designer at the next big production meeting.  This also made me terribly nervous but also excited as interns very rarely had the opportunity to converse with the head honchos of the VSFS, yet alone present them with an idea.

 

 

Of course, I went through the necessary stages over the process of thinking "what did I get myself into?!" and "I can't pull this off, I'm just an intern." I still struggle with these thoughts some times, but as usual, I pushed through and believed in my skills, trusted myself, and let my confidence take the lead.

Once my sample got the go-ahead, I felt elated and couldn't wait to get started on the final garment.  It was not long before my boss sat me down to tell me that she would like me to become an official(paid) full-time member of the VS Design team!

 

 

I worked around the clock on the project and eventually acquired help from interns, showing them the technique and overseeing the progress as we had all hands on deck to complete the precise sewing of fine feathers inch by inch.  

 

 

The final touch was creating the fitted shoulders and fountain shaped neckline that was sculpted with a shoulder-pad base with a basic collar and finally shaped with thoughtfully placed turkey feathers.

 

 

We held fittings periodically, making small changes as it transitioned from bundles of material to an exquisite, flowing and FLUFFY wing-like garment that was craved by many models as they came in to be assigned their looks for the show. 

 

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I was THRILLED when I heard that Magdalena would be wearing my cape.  It was a pleasure to work with her and see my piece come alive the first time she tried it on. 

As we anxiously waited backstage for the show to begin, I went around to make the final checks on all of my garments and of course, snapped some photos in the process.

 

Victorias Secret Fashion Show Making the Wings How it's Made Backstage

 

Then it was SHOWTIME!!  I couldn't have asked for someone to better do my cape justice, Queen Magda worked it!!

 

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Curtains fell, and that was a wrap!

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How To Make PPE Face Shield from materials found at home!

How To Make PPE Face Shield from materials found at home!

HOW TO MAKE A FACE SHIELD TUTORIAL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWQ2WB3uVvQ

I am still filling in the details! 

Check back by 2pm EST April 07 for complete blog :)

In the mean time, scroll through for other DIY PPE & Fashion Design Blogs

Stay Safe!

xLindsey

DIY FACE MASK TUTORIAL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fh7D... 

DIY N95 MASK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl6q8_Tp_ds&t=3s

DIY MASK MATERIALS https://kxlnewyork.myshopify.com/blog...

April 07, 2020 by Lindsey Navin
How To Make N95 Grade and Surgical Face Mask with Metal Nose Strip

How To Make N95 Grade and Surgical Face Mask with Metal Nose Strip

** Full Tutorial   **

N95 INFO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl6q8_Tp_ds&t=3s

How to Make a Face Shield https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWQ2WB3uVvQ

Intro & Patterns https://youtu.be/yWYw1Eo3crw 

Materials

If you are looking to make an N95 mask, there is not an exact way with store-bought materials, however, an N95 filter protects 95% of germs, whereas a vacuum cleaner filter protects 92% so it's pretty darn close! By adding the metal nose strip, the airflow is directed away from the eyes and outward from the face making this mask a close second to an actual N95 mask.

Fabric to use for no lining needed;

  • Vacuum Cleaner Bag (filters almost as much as N95) - 92% protection

  • Ironing Board Cover (lined with felt or fused)

  • Dish Towel (less protection but can cover an N95 to protect with breathability) - 83% protection

    Self Fabric (from most Protection to least);

    • Cotton Blend Fabric - 74% protection

    • Stretch Cotton/T-Shirt Material (little protection/64% but can cover an N95 to protect with breathability)

    • Antimicrobial Pillowcase - 65% protection

    • Pillowcase or woven shirt - 62% protection

    • Muslin or loosely woven fabric - 60% protection

    It is best to use a lining or interfacing that in NONWOVEN for these materials- this will give much more protection.

    Linings (from most Protection to least);

    • Felt - BEST protection/washable

    • Nonwoven interfacing - Good protection washable

    • Paper Towel - BEST protection/disposable

    • Tissue (3 or 4 ply) - Good protection/disposable

    • Tissue 2 ply - Good protection/disposable

    Metal Nose Strip

        Places to Donate

          Other Articles to See

            Please leave comments with feedback, places to donate and more information.

            Stay safe!!

            xLindsey

            April 02, 2020 by Lindsey Navin
            How It's Made - Victorias Secret Angel Wings; Introduction

            How It's Made - Victorias Secret Angel Wings; Introduction

            Welcome!! I am so excited to share my new blog idea - How it's made!  

            For my first segment, I will take you behind the lights and glamour and beautiful models of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and introduce you to how some of the iconic fashion shows' wildest creations were made!

            My first job in the fashion industry was with the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.   I worked on the show for a few years, sketching, creating design and theme ideas, and helping to build many different garments, wings, and accessories.  It was fun and exciting!  Every little detail of the outfits is well thought out and no two days were the same - one day decorating an entire line of designer shoes with Swarovski crystal, the next painting a custom Dalmation PINK dog.  I had the opportunity to work on so many cool projects (and some that were tedious and not so glamorous.)

            I posted some photos on Instagram and many of you asked how we build the iconic angel wings recognized around the world.  So THANK YOU commenters for giving me this idea!!   I will share the story and include some in-the-works (ITW) and behind-the-scene (BTS) images which I hope you find interesting :)

            The Fist (of many) Now Posted! 

            How It's Made - Victorias Secret Angel Wings; Magdalena Frackowiak "Snow Angels"

            Enjoy and please comment!  Look for regular fashion posts from me at Kelly by Lindsey, and let me know what else you would enjoy seeing How it’s made!

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            Announcing NEW Monthly Giveaways!! Couture & Handmade Items - Enter NOW...

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            Every month, I will draw one name to gift a customized handmade item!

            The pool will consist of KXL VIP Members and Kelly by Lindsey Youtube Subscribers.

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            2. Follow on instagram AND facebook - your name will enter the pool x8

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            Monthly Giveaways will be on the 11th of each month, upcoming gifts include;

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            • Handmade Fringe Bag
            • Beauty Items
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            ...

            How To Make N95 Grade and Surgical Face Mask with Metal Nose Strip

            How To Make N95 Grade and Surgical Face Mask with Metal Nose Strip

            ** Full Tutorial   **

            N95 INFO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl6q8_Tp_ds&t=3s

            How to Make a Face Shield https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWQ2WB3uVvQ

            Intro & Patterns https://youtu.be/yWYw1Eo3crw

            Materials

            If you are looking to make an N95 mask, there is not an exact way with store-bought materials, however, an N95 filter protects 95% of germs, whereas a vacuum cleaner filter protects 92% so it's pretty darn close! By adding the metal nose strip, the airflow is directed away from the eyes and outward from the face making this mask a close second to an actual N95 mask.

            Fabric to use for no lining needed;

            • Vacuum Cleaner Bag (filters almost as much as N95) - 92% protection

            • Ironing Board Cover (lined with felt or fused)

            • Dish Towel (less protection but can cover an N95 to protect with breathability) - 83% protection

              Self Fabric (from most Protection to least);

              • Cotton Blend Fabric - 74% protection

              • Stretch Cotton/T-Shirt Material (little protection/64% but can cover an N95 to protect with breathability)

              • Antimicrobial Pillowcase - 65% protection

              • Pillowcase or woven shirt - 62% protection

              • Muslin or loosely woven fabric - 60% protection

              It is best to use a lining or interfacing that in NONWOVEN for these materials- this will give much more protection.

              Linings (from most Protection to least);

              • Felt - BEST protection/washable

              • Nonwoven interfacing - Good protection washable

              • Paper Towel - BEST protection/disposable

              • Tissue (3 or 4 ply) - Good protection/disposable

              • Tissue 2 ply - Good protection/disposable

              Metal Nose Strip

                  Places to Donate

                    Other Articles to See

                    Please leave comments with feedback, places to donate and more information.

                      Stay safe!!

                      xLindsey

                      Welcome to Kelly by Lindsey - Custom made garments made ready to buy!

                      Welcome to Kelly by Lindsey - Custom made garments made ready to buy!

                      I am so excited to write my first blog - Hello and welcome!!!

                      Kelly by Lindsey is a luxury brand inspired by a talented, bad-ass, strong woman named Kelly Josephine Navin. She was my number one fan and always inspired me to take ZERO shit and to set ZERO limits.

                      I had the honor not only of having her in my life, but by my side every step of the way as I quickly reached success in the fashion world. She was my guest at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show before she passed - which was a big part of my career  where I learned many couture techniques!

                      After losing Kelly, it was really difficult to find my way and believe I have a purpose in life - as short or as long as that may be.  It was definitely hard for a time, and still can be, but I managed to find my calling to share what I've learned and create something beautiful, original and unique that is specific to each individual, as well as making available hand-crafted couture pieces that don't yet exist on the market.

                      I look forward to sharing along the way of this journey as I continue to grow and create with my guardian angel (superwoman) always by my side.

                      Lindsey