Mimi Wade presents her spring summer 2018 ‘Hollywood Regency‘ collection in Paris. The collection is inspired by her Grandmother “Granny Pammy’s” collection of movie memorabilia, lobby cars, autographs and posters. The silhouettes not only take inspiration from Regency period dress and Hollywood’s Golden Age but also the heated politics of the 60s and 70s California.
This season Mimi stars in her own movie-poster inspired prints, mimicking that of Hollywood’s bygone B-movie era. Said images are digitally printed on duchess satin or printed using a traditional method in poster printing –using CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key) on silk. Sleeves and necklines are adorned with luxurious gold and embroidered lace from Sophie Hallette in Paris, while the “Garbo” Jacket and matching pencil skirt indulge in trimmings of this delicate fabric too. While films played their roles, it was architecture and foliage which inspired a lot of the embellishments of the collection. The famous Hearst Castle Rose Garden in California and its vivid floral surroundings gave Wade the idea behind the artificially cultivated 1950’s technicolor roses that adorn some of the fabrics. These were made using heat transfer prints, sublimated patches with gold lurex edges and heat sealed woven patches woven by Collitex in Italy and sponsored by Avery Dennison.
“I found this quite amusing” says Wade of this latest discovery into her Grandmother’s wild past, “and so I decided to create my own posters, taking on different personas to make these tongue-in-cheek prints on which I feature.”
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All images courtesy of Mimi Wade