During this era of Covid-19, I haven’t been doing any craft shows and adjusting to the isolation of my studio has caused quite a creative block. So when Rhode Island Fashion Week asked me if I could make a video for their online series "Fashion Fete" I thought, this is the perfect motivation to finally teach myself to make videos. As I forge on to make my business more “virtual” I feel this is a step in the right direction. So, in the spirit of virtual marketing, I present to you my first self made fashion video.
Recently a friend of mine asked, after looking at my online shop. why is it that I do so many brooches? It’s true brooches aren’t the best sellers but my attraction to them is so deep-rooted. First of all they make a great gift, they’re such a complete object in their own right, they make the perfect sentimental keepsake whether worn or not. So often I’ve seen one of these treasures setting on someones dressing table as a fond reminder of a special occasion or person. it's also not uncommon to find brooches pinned to the lining of ones jewelry box commemorating a variety of life’s events, Mother’s Day, a gift from a past admirer, an heirloom past down from a loved one, etc.
As for the fashion aspect of the brooch, they add so much character, interest, and dignity to an outfit. Like medals of valor they elevate any suit from a look of business to one of authority. For example. In the movie “Cover Girl” Eve Arden plays a wise cracking executive assistant for a fashion magazine.
And if the suits and hats don’t demonstrate her professional status, the over abundance of brooches do, making it perfectly clear that she’s no typist, receptionist, or secretary.
Another example would be Ginger Rogers, known for often playing rather "tartly" characters, when a roll required her to come off as more "high-class" the outfit would always include a brooch.
And then there’s Barbara Stanwyck, talk about power characters, she’d even wear a brooch on a mink coat. But I’m most impressed by her role in the film “Sorry Wrong Number” where she plays an invalid lady of means and even wears a brooch on her nightgown.
So that, my friends, is why I do so many brooches!