While all the show prep which has been going on for the past 6+ days (looks /fittings/hair tests: cutting/dying and make up tests, casting, go-sees, veil making, shoe, knits, and jewelry delivery’s) are happening up on our 9th floor, what’s happening on our 7th floor was started back at the end of June and continues to the very last minute. @scampisamuel and @jessie_jingci_wang begin with doing trial samples and swatches of everything from finishings, embroidery samples, beading, trim trials, feather techniques, draping and creating abstracted flowers and flourishes for neck scarves and waist sashes, as well as ideas on fabric manipulations, etc...while they literally have their hands (and all rooms) filled with all of that, in a smaller room off the design room, the fittings of toiles and protos are going on under the creative supervision of Creative Director @mathewjosephcarter and his right hand woman Design Director @ladiamond1010 along with the patient and thorough assistance of @rom_scott and the wonderful (temporary) assistance of @meryllllllll This is where they see the first attempts of the patternmakers to realize the sketches and ideas we have passed. Thru a long, and challenging back and forth process we fit these toiles and corrected toiles on @crispiccone who is very inspiring and patient. Right outside the fitting room door sits @laaaalala who organizes, manages, orders, and tracks everything for sample finishings (and more). She is joined and helped by @ohwowmartha All of this begins slowly at the end of June and picks up speed and accelerates at a faster pace as the show grows nearer. All of it right up to the very last minute. It’s a huge amount of creative work, problem solving, sometimes requires a few sets of creative minds and eyes, trials, errors, editing and retrying. We could not do this on our own. We are extremely fortunate to have an incredibly talented and hard working army of interns in all departments to help out with this and all the other various jobs all the way thru the process. It never ceases to amaze me how creative, clever and devoted everyone is to making everything happen. As perfectly as possible.