As we hit February 1st it dawns on us that there is only 2 and a half months until the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender.
While the lead up to this Weekender is Normally one of Di Brooks Outerlimitz busiest ones of the year, with customer orders from all over the world! This year it’s even busier! For this year Di is showing some of her collection in the viva fashion show! Though don't fret as Di has enlisted the help of a UK based sewing factory to help make the basic items, and can still complete any orders you may be planning to make.
So far in preparation Di has spent months organising different aspects ready for the fashion show. This includes sourcing the models to whom will wear her collection, hairstylists/make up artists, and the playlist that the models will be walking down the catwalk too. Along side choosing the music for the show Di had to spend time working out just how many outfits that she could comfortably have shown on the catwalk in the time frame of the playlist.
A big shout out to the models that will be walking the catwalk for Di they are as follows in alphabetical order:-
- Angie Alamilla
- Bettina Scarlett
- Carrie Hope
- Dorothy Von Fink
- Dottie DeVille
- Rachel Bennett
- Roxie Roulette
- Ruby Champagne
- Jenny Langer
- Jess Hardie
- Miss LuLu Devine
- Miss Mozzy Dee Fuentes
- Suzanne Conran
- Victoria Bones
Now that she has her models, music, and amount of outfits it comes down to choosing what outfits she is going to exhibit. For this there are many years things that need to be factored in. For instance there are things like colours to go with the models hair and complexion, but also what will stand out the most on the catwalk. At the moment Di is creating her masterpieces for the show.
For now though this is all the information I can give you about Di Brooks of Outerlimitz and the viva fashion show, I don’t want to give to much away! Though I do recommend that if your attending the Weekender going to watch the fashion show live!
Though the fashion show is taking up a chunk of Dis time, she is also very busy completing all her customer orders and still finding time to sort out her personal wardrobe for whilst she is in America!
With Viva being in the middle of her time spent in America, she uses the event as a great opportunity to network, and meet all of you her lovely customers, who no doubt at some point throughout the event if your attending will wear Di Brooks of Outerlimitz. This is something that always fills Di with pride is seeing all of her customers looking stunning In her creations.
Whilst it’s always lovely to see people in reproduction, Di loves Viva because it is somewhere people pull out all the stops when in comes to wearing vintage clothing. From ball gowns to capris, cocktail dresses to swimsuits, fringe to beads, and glitter to diamantés. It’s always lovely to see people wearing original pieces, and Di always comes home with lots of inspiration for future projects.
Though for now that’s all the details for Viva preparation, I will bring you images and highlights and more details about the fashion show when Di gets home from America!
Keep an eye out for our future posts!
Until Next time
Below are just some Our beautiful models for the viva fashion show wearing outfits by Di brooks of Outerlimitz or Vintage that has been purchased with us, we do not own the rights to these photos these photos belong to the models themselves
BEHOLD!!! The maiden blog post for Outerlimitz - how exciting! :) It'll be a bit of an insight as to what inspires us, events we'll be at, new things we're working on....basically what we're all about. :) To be honest, this whole blog thing has been a long time coming.
So why not kick this bad boy off by telling y'all about the shop, the Boss Lady herself, and a bit about me. Kind of like a "getting to know you" Freshers Week at college...but without the name tags and awkwardness.
Di Brooks is probably one of the hardest working females that I know - amongst a few that I have the honour of being friends with. The amount of research she does to produce great quality repro 1950s clothing is astonishing - and her inspirations all stem from the era where it was all about nipped in waists and curve accentuating frocks...and celebrating the female shape. Along with her repro, she also personally inspects and hand picks the best vintage garments for both men and women. Di caters to all tastes, sizes, and styles - whether you want to be a glamasaurus rex or just be super casual in her super comfy capris, which are based on a vintage pattern! I can attest to the comfiness - I own a few pairs myself :p And can I just make a brief mention about the jumpsuits. OH LORD - THE JUMPSUITS. *heart eyes emoji* But I'll leave that one for another day. :)
If I had to think of her most popular item which has been a go-to for many customers, I would have to say - without a doubt - her sarong dress. Just such a flattering fit and they suit anyone.
Oh, yeah - did I mention that she sources her Hawaiian prints DIRECTLY FROM HAWAII?! So there. :) Di prides herself by choosing only the best fabrics for her garments - the amount of research she does to ensure that the fabric is the right one for a certain piece is ridiculous. Craaaaay attention to detail.
Now, going down the vintage Polynesian route - we have been cracking the pake muu/tea timers and making them our own. After making my wedding dress (which was a muu), I knew that they were the way forward....and now they're slowly climbing up the popularity ladder to join the sarong dress.
In Di's own words : "I have a passion for vintage clothing and the vintage lifestyle - this is not a fad! Its how I have lived for longer than I care to own up to!" I like to think that her clothing reflects her personality and what she would buy to wear. :)
As for me - sewing is my everything. It's my life. Being a dressmaker is probably the only thing that has held my interest for more than a minute. "Why? That's a bit dumb to say", I hear you mutter. Well. The beautiful thing about sewing is that you are constantly learning something new : whether it's learning a new technique to make a project easier or pushing yourself to your limit in order to put together a totally new garment. My mom has always said that I've been a creative type, always drawing and coming up with outfits...and just had a general interest in making stuff. Saying that, I'm constantly learning new things and having to step out of my comfort zone so I can improve my skills.
When I got the chance to work for Di years ago, I jumped at the opportunity....and there began my love affair with vintage fashion. The more I learned about clothing construction, the more I wanted to make this my career. Working closely with Di on different projects and coming up with new concepts has made me grow as a person and as a seamstress. Okay, yeah - I have stumbled at hurdles and had to unpick a seam or two...but it's all a learning curve. I've been one busy mofo ever since.
What drives me to continue doing what I do (even when I feel like I'm all "meh") is seeing customers in OL garb, looking fabulous and happy. SO - THANKS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. YOU GUYS ROCK.
My other interests include music, collecting vinyl records, watching my stories, rioja.....and last, but definitely not least, my husband (and happens to be Di's son) who has been super supportive of all my sewing endeavors.
There it is - a bit of an insight to the world of OuterLimitz!! Hope y'all enjoyed our first post....because you can be sure that there will be plenty more where that came from!!!
until next time......T xxxxx
Friday before Viva I went shopping in Burbank! First stop was Pinup Girl Clothings shop - I knew this would be an enjoyable experience as soon I the shop windows came into view.