Ribbons, ruffles, lace, feather, appliques, studs, decorative closings, jewellery parts, beads, pearls ... One of my first such "missions" was to the textile district of Paris, Sentier:
Later on, Montmartre followed, with the mentioned brocade, dark blue silk, exclusive lace for my first runway collection, and not least: Here I found many of the fringes that also decorate "Dark Dawn":
In late 2006, I went to the textile district at Manhattan for the first time. Like in most Norwegian guides describing areas and not concrete tourist attractions, the directions were inaccurate, so I bumped into something that seemed like a main street there (yes, like 6th Avenue ...). Asian dresses and the most campy rhinestone jewellery you can imagine. And there were tons of it. A set of necklace and earrings was bought for about $150.00. The style was a mix of Vienna´s opera ball and the TV-series Dynasty, but the exclusivity was only theoretical: The necklace broke at the first use ... Some of the remains were placed at a redesign bag, later displayed in the same city:
And despite the typical for me generous amount, all materials were used in the collection too (except for another Greek key trim I still cannot figure out what to use with).