The Timelessness of the Kaftan
Kaftans have been worn in one way or another since at least the 14th century as it is known today, but even long before that the tunic gown was worn, so the earliest version of the Kaftan can most likely be dated to closer to 2,200 years old! The timeless tunic shape whether belted or left to fall loosely is flattering to all shapes, and immediately adds an air of mystery, elegance and grandeur.
While commonly worn in Middle Eastern countries, the Kaftan has made appearances here and there amongst western designers and celebrities. The Kaftan is a classic piece that is always in, its only change being in colors, decorations, and other minor stylistic variations.
Above in the pictures (all taken from Pinterest), you can see a small sampling of the variations of Kaftans out there suitable for all tastes and preferences. I recently purchased a beautiful Kaftan and few clothing items have made me feel so comfortable yet elegant and beautiful, and I love all kinds of clothes! Next time you're attending an event or are looking to venture into uncharted fashionable waters, try the Kaftan!
Last year, I did costume design for a Sci-Fi TV pilot called "Eternity Hill" that will be premiering this weekend at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. View the trailer for it here: https://vimeo.com/134062708
I LOVE Mondays! Every Monday gives me the kind of rush that a New Year brings, and Mondays by far tend to be one of my most productive and exciting days of the week. Beginnings always have a sort of energy to them that allows for the full breadth of creativity and energy to carry new ideas out. Today, I've already begun work on several projects that will be exciting to see come to life. A great motivation for Mondays and for everyday is to remember that whatever we do today effects our forever and our tomorrow. It's a more profound and thoughtful concept than even a "carpe diem," because a "carpe diem" is to live only for that day, whereas if we make something happen today, we are living for today, tomorrow and forever!
"Forever is composed of Nows." -Emily Dickinson
Costume Design is always an exciting, high stress and high energy process. Even though the preparation process that a designer goes through is similar each time, with motions that are always gone through and repeated-- each story, film and television show come with their own unique challenges and excitement. The research for each project is as different and varied as the scripts and stories, even the sources for inspiration change from project to project!