Monday, March 10, 2008

More than meets the eye


Neferia Abel of Ivalde


Much like superheroes, designers must all have secret lairs where they create. I guess I understand this, it's their "room of one's own," just like my little secret studio.

Neferia Abel, my eleventh guest star, was no exception. I popped over to her hideaway and was immediately struck by her cheeky grin. "Hello! I dance up here sometimes," Neferia said.

"What do you dance to?" I asked, grinning back.

"Placebo...The Cure...Depech mode..." she answered. Dark music for a cheerful girl!

Perhaps it's not surprising that Neferia is so cheerful. She used to rehabilitate people with serious drug problems, but not any longer. "We moved away from that city. I quit and started work in here. This is now my RL job. I am really enjoying it, always home when my little kids come home from school."

While I snapped photos, I asked Neferia how she fell in love with clothes, because with the breadth of outfits stocked by Ivalde (from the 17th century to the modern day), I had to know. First, Neferia studies fashion history, and second, she's always been in love with clothing. This proved to be a charming story:

"When I was a little girl my mother built a new house. The old one was to store clothes! I had so much fun in the old house, my favorite place on earth. It had clothes from my mother, my grandmother, aunts, everybody. It was heaven for a little girl, I dressed up a lot. I have still some old clothes in my closet, my mom's dresses from the 50s...and I still use them."

I'll leave you with some enlightening words from Neferia's favorite Placebo song, Twenty Years.

There are twenty years to go
And twenty ways to know
Who'll wear, who'll wear the hat

Thems the breaks
For we designer fakes
We need to concentrate on more than meets the eye.


...Hmmmm.



***Hair: Armidi
***Skin: Chai Antique The Ricci
***Outfit: Neferia Abel's own (Ivalde) Hetty, just released today
***Choker: Balderdash Entanglement choker
***Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui Asuka in snow
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