Bravotv.com: Describe the inspiration/concept for your look.
If you have ever been to Venice recently, well it’s pretty seedy. But years ago, it was the center of the classic bohemian Hollywood style that had Kirk Douglas sucking in his stomach in those pleated swim shorts and Betty Page in her woolen swim suits. Given that we had some eco-fabric that was organic wool in vegetable dye… an updated Betty Page swim suit seemed the best choice to make. I could just picture the silhouette against one of the old brick buildings under the deco VENICE sign. I started with the classic profile, but made some sexy cut-outs to show off my girl’s body in a way society did not allow a half century ago.
Bravotv.com: How did you get along your design expert, Julie? It seemed as though you two were having trouble communicating.
Julie and I got along great, we still do. What you saw was a mutual frustration and not very much time to get our garment made. Julie is a very talented designer, but her specialty and her line is knitwear. But this was beach wear, and all we had were heavy fabrics. While everyone else was making a swim suit, we just didn’t have the proper raw materials. And even if we had, to add upon the frustration, neither Julie nor I knew how to sew a typical bathing suit. Julie has been running her company for 10 years and she hasn’t sewn fabric on a sewing machine in 12 years. We had to figure out something that WE could sew, with the fabric that we had on hand, for the beach… in a day. Did I mention that I would have preferred another day in the studio to a day at the beach?