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11:11 am - Neil Gaiman to wear a Kambriel design to the Oscars!
I've been on pins and needles (sometimes quite literally!), and not wanting to go into any real details just in case, but the custom jacket I designed for Neil Gaiman has been safely delivered into his hands, and he loves it! Apparently it looks and fits so well it's as if he could have grown it himself, and there are plans in the works for re-creating similar versions, just so he can WEAR (yes, all caps) this one until it reaches the point of being threadbare without any fear of being able to replace it again in the future.

Normally when it comes to designing something for a special occasion, I find myself leaning towards peacock sensibilities, but in this instance, I had the opportunity to exercise the art of knowing how to ~pull back~ and revel in the delicacies of subtlety. This was to be a kind of quiet elegance which as Neil mused in the beginning stages of design, needed to make a statement without raising its voice.

So it was important to pay special attention to the subtlest of details, things perhaps only Neil would know were there ~ the texture and feel of the fabric, the ever so slight stripe in the wool, or the shadowy sheen of the black on black herringbone contrast. I originally used Coraline style sew-through buttons, as a nod to the Academy Award nominated film he's attending the Oscars in celebration of, but at the last second decided matching fabric covered ones had the right look afterall.

This will be the first time (that I'm aware of certainly) one of my designs will have been worn for the Oscars red carpet. Of course that's pretty much one of the penultimate honours in the design world. It certainly didn't happen overnight, and it was a culmination of many years that have built up to this moment. I'm so glad when it does happen, it will have been for a person whom I personally respect and admire the works of so much (not to mention most importantly of all ~ what an incredibly warm and kind spirit he so naturally exudes). Speaking of the passage of years, about half a lifetime ago, I remember wearing a giant carved ankh necklace, only to slightly later find about Neil's character Death from "Sandman". Ah, so she is one of us I thought... One of my favourite things in life that I'm discovering over time, is if you stay true to following your heart, and are blessed at being granted enough time to do so, ultimately this kind of magical full circle moment can come to be.

Thank you also to my dear partner Chris (aka the "Cursed Haberdasher"!), who's worked and been alongside me throughout all of this, and who somehow, unbelievably, still lovingly supports me and all of my crazy Mr. Toad ideas :)


Because there's more to a book than its cover, here is a view of some of the structural layering of the interior (the safety pins were temporary of course!):



Pad stitching done by hand to ensure the proper roll of the collar:



Here's a sneak peek of the finished design ~ I'm looking forward to updating these images with ones of Neil actually wearing and enjoying the jacket very soon!




The Academy Awards will air on Sunday March 7, 2010. I'm hoping to have a plate of these adorable Coraline-inspired button cookies on hand while it's on.

Now to see if there's time to whip out and overnight a coordinating shirt and/or vest!

all my best,
~ Kambriel

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From:visioluxus
Date:March 3rd, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
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It must be hard to sew while jumping up and down with glee!
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From:kylecassidy
Date:March 3rd, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
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You know, if I'd been THINKING I would have suggested a hidden 5x7 moleskine pocket in the back. Ah well, next time!
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
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On the bright side, he does have no less than six other pockets (including a couple of hidden ones) at his disposal ;)
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From:trillian_stars
Date:March 3rd, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful! I can only imagine how luxurious Mr. Gaiman must feel in such a garment!
xxx
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
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How he would feel when wearing it was the only part that *really* mattered to me, and that's what made it a success in the end!
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From:niamh_sage
Date:March 3rd, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations! It'd be hard to get more pinnacle-y than this :D

I love Kyle's suggestion, maybe an option for a future jacket?
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
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I'll keep it in mind ;)

The coat will become a "great black thing of holding".
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From:sloot
Date:March 3rd, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
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congratulations.

gorgeous coat!
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
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Thanks Sloot!
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From:christianet
Date:March 3rd, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
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That came out wonderfully! Congratulations!
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I couldn't relax until he had it in his hands and was able to try it on. Once he did ~ sheer joy.
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From:carmidoll
Date:March 3rd, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
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You are an amazing designer, the jacket is a work of art and I would kill to see Mr Gaiman live ;)
"wearing a giant carved ankh necklace" I did so for many years after reading Sandman but it broke >< I am still wearing Death's makeup everyday though and I always say to people who ask (and I get ask at least once a week) that it is an hommage to one of the masterpieces of 20th century. You deserve it, I am a fan of your work since forever **
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
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it is an homage to one of the masterpieces of 20th century.

I love that. I'm sure he'd be honoured by such a kind tribute as well!
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From:ladistrange
Date:March 3rd, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
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Ok, so this is a surprise how?

Seriously, MAJOR CONGRATS!!!! You are talented, creative, and hardworking, and still manage to be a pretty fabulous person! This kind of acheviement was bound to come to you. I can only imagine the accolades pouring in and the rest of the world finding out just how incredible 'one of us' can be!!

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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
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It was a surprise to me just how well it all came together ~ it felt very natural!
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From:ashbet
Date:March 3rd, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
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That is WONDERFUL -- congratulations!!!! :D :D :D

And I love that he wants more, so that he can wear this one to pieces because he loves it so ^__^

-- A <3
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
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And I love that he wants more, so that he can wear this one to pieces because he loves it so ^__^

That is by far one of the most treasured parts of it all to me! I know what that's like, having something you love so much you don't want to think of not having it. I have a few treasured "duplicates" on hand myself ;)
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From:devilandmouse
Date:March 3rd, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
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Congrats Kambriel! What an honor. Neil is going to love that jacket. It's beautiful.
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
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I really hoped he would ~ I'm so happy it worked out well for him!
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From:pencat
Date:March 3rd, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
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Congrats, this is beautiful. You and your work truly deserve this honor.

(mm button cookies! I'll have to make these, they're so adorably simple...)
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
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Aren't those cookies fantastic? I really hope I'll have time to make some for the occasion!
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From:madamekat
Date:March 3rd, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that looks gorgeous! The "reveal" of the interior structure is mind boggling! Congratulations on a beautiful job!
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
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I couldn't resist taking a few pictures of all the interior work before it was hidden away forever once the lining was sewn in. There's so much that goes into a design like this that's never seen from the outside, which is why a seemingly "basic" jacket can take so long to make!
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From:rikibeth
Date:March 3rd, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
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OMG OMG GORGEOUS AND NEIL'S GONNA WEAR IT. AT THE OSCARS.

SQUEE!
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
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I suppose your comment could have been my post in summarized form! ;)
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From:outcastspice
Date:March 3rd, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
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it's *beautiful*, as was the dress you made for Amanda. congratulations! :)
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much!
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From:sheryl67
Date:March 3rd, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Yay! for how awesome you are. The jacket is beautiful and he will look stunning in it.

Congratulations!
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Yay for how awesome the crew that made Coraline is. I'm quite happy for them to have been nominated for such a prestigious award!
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From:spacedlaw
Date:March 3rd, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
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Great design. I particularly like the back details.
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. I wanted the back to have a certain flare, but not too much ~ I think a good balance was reached.
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From:lonelygodess
Date:March 3rd, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
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Oh, wow. Congrats. =)
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:junesrose
Date:March 3rd, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
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Found my way here thru Mr. Gaiman's twitter acct.

As the daughter of an Italian Tailor, I can really appreciate the craftmanship and work that goes into the making of a custom made suit. People don't realize the love that goes into the creation of one of those masterpieces. I'm thrilled to see that there are still people out there (proof-Project Runway, for ex..), that the love of creating clothing from scratch still exists, and hasn't been squashed by our throw-away world. I'm just sorry my father didn't want to share his passion with me, as he saw it as "poor man's work".

It's a beautiful jacket, and I will be looking for any glimpse of Mr. Gaiman showing it off on the red carpet. Congratulations to you!

:)

I

Edited at 2010-03-03 05:41 pm (UTC)
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
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My paternal great-grandfather from Sicily worked as a tailor in NYC at the turn of the last century. I never knew that until just a few years ago, but found it so interesting to learn of the connection! I would have loved to see his work...
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From:stroppy_baggage
Date:March 3rd, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
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I once mentioned to you about getting a jacket made. Its lines are damn close to what you did here. It's a beauty!

Congrats.
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure Clovis is somehow behind all this. He must have gone sending mind-control messages again...

Looking forward to seeing you again in a few weeks!
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From:amaena
Date:March 3rd, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Its so gorgeous! :) Congrats! The workmanship is breathtaking (as is the coat)!
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
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Thank you on *both* counts!!
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From:smu
Date:March 3rd, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
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Stunning! I'm so happy for you! <3 That must have been amazing for you and Neil will look damn fine in it!
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
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I'll be so happy for him to be able to wear it out and about. I hope he'll continue to like it for a long time to come!
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From:karohemd
Date:March 3rd, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
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Now all that remains is Coraline actually winning so the WORLD can see it. *fingers crossed*
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
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That would be ~exceptional~. Fingers crossed, indeed!
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From:xdarkstarx
Date:March 3rd, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
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Yay! It's lovely! :D
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
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Thanks sweetness!
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From:hyacintheraven
Date:March 3rd, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
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Oh, this is fabulous!!! :D
Congrats! I'm very excited for you...and for him, to be able to wear such a wonderful creation! :D *hugs!*
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
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I really do hope he'll enjoy wearing it ~ and be able to feel that it was made just for him!
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From:aka_paloma
Date:March 3rd, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Here via Neil Gaiman's twitter account. (Also, when I saw your name mentioned there, I recognised you from cupcake_goth's LJ.)

Not only have you designed a beautiful jacket in general, but I think you really tapped into Gaiman's style and am not surprised that he loves it. I think it's perfect for him and will look fabulous! And congratulations on your clothes finding their way to the Oscars. What an achievement!
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From:kambriel
Date:March 3rd, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
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I think you really tapped into Gaiman's style

Thank you. That was one of the most important parts to me... I didn't want Neil to feel like he was "being dressed" in someone else's image, I wanted him to feel like this was a perfectly natural extension of himself, created with care. I truly hope he will!

To me honestly, even though it's a huge honour, that's even more important than the Oscars itself.

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