Obscure Couture Installation

If you visit the Limited Edition store at Ocean Terminal you can’t fail to notice the amazing Obscure Couture installation now taking pride of place at the front of the pop-up shop.

Created by photographer Anna Isola Crolla, the installation features some amazing pieces from Glasgow design house Obscure Couture, one of the 21 designers showcasing their work in the Limited Edition store.

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Theses pieces – including the long, voluminous, Dephinium  ballgown skirt, and the Narcissus skirt – were created originally for Edinburgh-based online fashion magazine, Crave, and are available to buy  –  but make sure you have a few thousand pounds spare!

The Delphinium skirt features a 2.5 metre train, is a made-to-measure piece, with 29 metres of printed duchess satin, a fully lined skirt, and filly boned corset top with heavy-duty interfacing and 20 eyelets. It took three seamstresses a total of 48 hours to make – with the aid of seven strong cappuccinos!

It features flowers, insects, gems and jewels, and is truly beautiful. The Narcissus layered skirt, which creates the peplum, is a  made-to-measure piece created from 33 metres of exclusive printed duchess satin and gold foil, with a gold bow closure.

Each layer is fully lined and faced with 20m of heavy-duty interfacing, and took five seamstresses 48 hours to make. Two seamstresses alone had to feed the skirt through the sewing machine and 16 hours were needed to cut the fabric, and there were four hours of hand-sewing. The team was powered through two bleeding fingers by 26 strong cappuccino!

Anna’s installation featuring these pieces was inspired by Tim Burton, as she explains: ” I wanted to create something that refleted the nature element of the dress design, with the insects and flowers in the fabric.

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“I was inspired by Tim Burton movies, and wanted the dress to feel as though it were wrapped around, part of, if you like, a living tree.

“I used the curly willow with lights, in white, to reflect the time of year, the natural tree elements, and to create what I hope is an eye-catching installation.”

If you want to buy the pieces, visit Crave or Obscure Couture for more information. If not, pop in to the Limited Edition shot just to gaze at their beauty!