Ethical fashion design, with an emphasis on up cycle, re-purpose, and re-make design methodologies.
D’Arcy Couture is an ethical fashion design boutique that supports up cycle and re-purpose design methodologies. Her home-based studio is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she sells her up cycled clothing year round at local street festivals. She also exhibits in local galleries and museums.
Darcy's collection is largely designed from materials that have been discarded. Her belts are re-made from fabric and leather samples that are discarded seasonally. She up cycles purses from worn out leather jackets or fabric scraps. Dresses, skirts, and pants have been re-purposed from discarded t-shirts. In addition, Darcy will take an unloved jacket and re-make an entire outfit around it, creating a fresh new ensemble.
Consider your own closet a goldmine for new ideas. Up cycle and re-make old tired clothing into new artistic ensembles! Or hire D’Arcy Couture for your fashion re-make over.
This is silk chiffon, a fabric that is so light and airy, it can have a life of its own. We designed an outfit for the fabric that would speak to both it's lovely repeat pattern, and its lightweight attribute; a cape over a skirt with a train. We gave allure to the outfit by coupling it with a Dark Garden (San Francisco boutique) Corset. We then gave life to the ensemble by showcasing it on Model Sareeta Panda, a petite, brown eyed beauty. Then we then captured our efforts with Vividshot Photography, using a black wrought iron spiral staircase and the wind, to help us create some breathtaking shots.
My brother, Ken Fowkes, is an amateur photographer in the Bay Area. Rather than publishing, he is very involved in clubs that produce judged exhibits, so he is well recognized in the local community. Because printing art work or photographs on fabric is a mature industry these days, and I have often wanted to do this with with one of Ken's photographs, and his MEDALLION picture was just the opportunity!
He created this image in Photoshop from a light box photograph he took of a dried oak leaf. I wanted to create a circle skirt from the medallion using Spoonflower, so he scaled the original photograph to stretch across the 60" width of their yardage. Spoonflower only sells fabric in yard increments, and this full circle meant I had more than a yard, so I had him add three 12" medallions to the length of the fabric for hats, to give me a total of 2 yards. Waste not want not!
I chose a shear chiffon to print the fabric on, as the drape was perfect for a circle skirt, and the semi shear nature of the fabric would give the resulting skirt a contemporary look and feel. In order to give the chiffon hat medallion some needed body, I paired that with a band of denim from a pair of thrifted jeans. Those jeans also inspired the up cycled design for the coordinated purse. To finish off the ensemble, some bronze and brown leather paint from Turtlefeathers updated an old second hand pair of clogs.
As we approach the 2019 fall season, this project felt like I was turning over a new leaf in this partnership with my brother. We originally had plans to photograph this ensemble in the Ancient Oak Forest in Palo Alto, to complete the oak leaf circle of the medallion, but that has been postponed until January 2020, when the forest is at at the height of its vibrancy. To tide us over until then, we have scheduled a studio session with two models next month, so stay tuned for the next page of this book, as we turn over another leaf!