Sculpture In My Hands | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Welcome to December episode of Friday Fashion.
There is nothing better I like than dressing in modern clothes and accessorize my outfits with vintage items. It’s a playful look and not necessarily prim, snobbish.
The fact is, a vintage accessory goes well with everything we wear today. The clothes of today are mass-produced and lack originality. The moment one thinks is wearing something original, thousands examples exactly the same have come out at the same time filling stores with garment-uniforms. In the past, when clothes were tailored, every woman was original, details on the garment were exceptional, different from one dress to another and often reflected the fantasy of the tailoress. Well-designed original dresses required just as original accessories for a finishing touch.
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I own Lucite and other vintage purses mostly from the ‘40s and ‘50s, they all find their place with my outfit and somehow, they work every time. Some purses have lids that open and reveal mirrors, lipstick case or small make-up compartments, some even have a cigarette case attached. Their value today is very high, they might range from $50 to over $500.

Play with geometry – I attribute the success of combining modern with vintage to the futurist shapes of some vintage purses: square and rectangular box styles, ovals, trapezoid, cylinders, scalloped shaped……

Let’s say you are wearing an A line skirt, your vintage purse looks better if it is vertical in a long shape. Why? The A line skirt flair out from the body, the cylinder purse will balance the visual puffiness of the skirt.
If you are wearing a cigarette pair of pants, the round barrel or the square purse will look better.

Clothes as Architecture
Clothes and accessories follow the same principle of architecture. It must be aesthetically pleasing and proportionate to create harmony on the body. When we look at a building with classic architecture we might see a row of windows with triangle pediments on top, then below we see a row of windows with arched tops, then again, another row of windows with triangle pediments. This is called repetition in harmony. We sculpt our body the same way with colors and shapes. In my drawing is easy to understand how to counterbalance triangle shapes with round shapes and square shapes with rectangular shapes, just as architects do. This eliminates boredom and it is easy on the eyes.

If your body is round, your purses shapes should be vertical and rectangular, if your body is rectangular, you can choose the round shape purses. Difficult? It might be at the beginning, once you get the hang of it, you will love to play this game. Ciao,


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Valentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. She is passionate about colors and encourages her clients to express their individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear. To better help people all over the world she offers consultations online. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors:
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