Clariscia was delighted to accept the post of head judge at the annual FDC Young Designer Awards and fashion collections showcase held at the Pullman London Hotel in St Pancras. The judges, took up the mantle to sift through the … Continue reading
Winter coat designs by Clariscia Gill
As I readied myself for the autumn/winter 2015 season, preparing my mind for the forecasted ‘coldest UK’ winter to hit us for 50 years, I reflected upon how much I like to design, make and wear a good wool jacket or coat. I had always found it difficult to find a coat that fitted me in the right places, accommodated what I was wearing underneath and had the right cut to be loose and stylish enough that it did not look, well, frumpy …
So that’s how I started making them myself. I took a delve into the first place I start after the design is done, the fabric which led me to the world of this humble animal, the sheep, from whence it all starts. Well, I can tell you, humble they are not and I encountered a few surprises and striking animals during my research.
Briton became involved with this rapidly growing trade, so much so that by the twelfth century, wool was to become one of England’s most successful assets enabling it to be exported to neighbouring countries around Europe. That strength remains with British wool still being much sought after around the globe.
There are so many breeds of sheep and they can be found in all the five continents. Cross breeding them is the main way to obtain the different qualities and types of the wool. Not being a natural condition to be covered head to foot in a thick hot woolly fleece, the sheep must be sheared within given times in order that they do not encounter harm. As well as the obvious heat problems, the fleeces attract flies whose larvae can cause major havoc.
Some of these creatures are simply majestic and some so cross bred as to not even have a name for the breeds like this one above. I shall however from now on pay more thought to this animal when choosing my wool cloths, they are responsible for giving us so much.
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Author – Clariscia Gill
The Kente Cloth is an ever popular pattern that has been admired by many people across the globe. When looking at Clariscia Gill’s modern adaptation of the cloth, it inspired me to research into it’s history.
It was first conceived in a village called Bonwire by the Ashanti people of Ghana, and has become a huge part of their history.
It is said that two farmers, who were brothers, from the village, came across a spider spinning a web and were completely fascinated by the beauty of the pattern. They then decided they would try to recreate what they had seen using black and white Raffia fibres (from a Raffia Tree).
Although they created the first Kente Cloth using this material, after they presented what they had made to their King (Nana Osei TuTu), the cloth started to be made using the costly fabric of imported silk, therefore becoming associated with Ashanti royalty. The cloth was then used in global trade for many things such as ivory, gold and even slaves.
It is also said that men became the sole manufacturers of the cloth as women’s menstrual cycles were thought to interfere with the production of the Kente Cloth …
As time went on, the materials of the cloth evolved and cotton and rayon became the more popular choice, making it more affordable for a wider range of people. To this day, the patterned cloth is just as popular as it was, if not more! Being styled by celebrities such as Solange Knowles, hip hop group Salt N’ Pepa and designer Clariscia Gill! Check out her online store where Kente Cloth Belts and other items using this fabric are available for purchase.
BY Kessie White
The sun shone gloriously for us on this day; 27th May 2015. An afternoon and evening dedicated to guiding brides through the process of the many assorted preparations they will need for their big day.
On hand were a specialist group of professionals to answer queries and give displays of their respective skills. it was such a wonderful event with spa treatments on hand from the Caudalie professionals.
Clariscia Gill Bridal would like to thank;
Caudalie Spa UK, Katherine Elizabeth Hats, Allan Henry, Mike Bryant, Rudy Atwell, Gracia-Denise Coleman and Nataila Redeka for their participation and professionalism.
We look forward to repeating it soon. Watch this space!
Clariscia’s long-time love of the Ascot scene in the film; ‘My Fair lady’ leads her to deliver her own interpretation, with a modern twist, during this unique parade. Taking place in the heart of Mayfair with a predicted weather forecast … Continue reading
On Sunday 25th October, the Mahogany Bridal Show took place. Mahogany Brides is the largest African Caribbean bridal show, and this is their 18th year of running. The bridal show explored many different wedding cultures and featured their performances. One … Continue reading
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Attended a fabulous night out at the Royal Albert Hall invited by ‘Chrisanne’ to join them in their private box. Chrisanne make all those stunning gowns you see on Strictly Come dancing. I shall be doing some business with them making full use of their spectacular Swarovksi crystal range of ‘bling’. Designed jointly. It was the finals of the Latin dance championships and being an avid salsa dancer myself it was right up my street.