This past weekend we celebrated Camilla's 18th birthday. We wanted to share the happy day with a shoot celebrating our Joy of Life that we have right now.
The day before Camilla's birthday I pulled out this dress I have kept for her from my closet of precious keepers. It is by the designer ISAIA.
Never heard of him?
Isaia Rankin was designer in NY back in the 80's who made clothes out of cotton lycra. But he also combined it with other fabrics like cashmere, turning it into body conscious, modern, and sleek designs that were also affordable. He was a huge hit in the late 80's and sold out regularly at stores like Barneys and Charivari. He was actually a genius and on top of that a really wonderful person. He would go to Barneys and pretend to be a sales person to get the customers take on his clothes. I remember the time I went up to his studio to visit a friend who worked with him and that was the first and only time I met Isaia. But he was so gracious and kind and I thought my friend had the best job ever.
Sadly, Isaia died at the young age of 35 and with his death the company couldn't continue, even though they tried. I found this Video of him on Fashion TV Flashback that is so worth watching. It shows him and his clothes and will surely make you smile. When I showed the video to Camilla and her friend, her friend said "Oh wow, it looks like American Apparel!" to which I replied "Well, there would be no American Apparel if there hadn't been ISAIA."
You tell me what you think? But he was fabulous, and he made a lot of people smile:)
So, Joie de Vivre and Enjoy!
Valerie and Camilla