The Stuff of Seams

"We are inspired by myths and legends, the labyrinth, black roses, and goddesses of flawless beauty."

"The lullaby of Broadway/ Electric Avenues/ Jewel thieves prowl the town/ A powwow of gang posses/ Synchopated hysteria mixed with magical melodies/ Ladies and gentleman....Gothamism." — Richie Rich and Traver Rains, Heatherette

"I was inspired by the dress my mom wore to her engagement party 35 years ago and the photographs of Willy Maywald. Like Maywald's photos and my mom's dress, I wanted to create pieces that were timeless, elegant, and sensuous, yet classic." — Holly Dunlap, Hollywould

"The John Lennon quote, 'Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.' " — Mary Ping

"Our collection is about an inherent elegance. An ode to romanticism and femininity. We looked to women who represented strength and intellectualism. Anne Sexton's natural elegance and strong sense of womanhood is always an inspiration." — Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra, Costello Tagliapietra

"I pay respect to the masters of sexy: [Thierry] Mugler, [Claude] Montana and [Azzedine] Alaïa." — Jay Godfrey

"I was inspired by the lifestyle of the grande dame." — Monique Lhuillier

"Sparkling and subversive." — Custo Dalmain, Custo Barcelona

"The collection was inspired by the Spanish conquistadors of the 15th century. We were fascinated by the men's wear and armor of the period, and the subsequent edge and beauty of the look." — Kai Milla

"The delicate beauty of the Fabergé egg. I am dreaming of being at the most fabulous party with creative creatures. It includes Poiret, Vionnet, Josephine Baker and many beautiful exotic young things laughing and dancing the night away. My friend, the photographer Lillian Bassman, is documenting this absolutely magical moment." — Joanna Mastroianni

"I was inspired by a combination of the avant-garde aristocrats, artists and writers in London during the early 20th century, and the interiors, color and style of their country lives." — James Coviello

"The main inspiration came from the women of the 'demimonde' around the turn of the century. These women were the courtesans of their time, influencing art and society." — Jeffrey Chow

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