The Journey of Kira’s Prom Dress

Two trips to New York’s Garment District. Two concepts. Two types of fabric. Four hours of assembly and sewing. One incredibly talented artist, visionary, designer, and seamstress … KIRA! One, one of a kind prom dress. One magical Senior Prom.

Here is Kira’s journey in her own words: “Sometimes it’s so easy for me to see a design on the red carpet and I think ‘Oh, that’s exactly what I want!’ so I try to replicate it which is what I tried yo of got my first dress. However, as it came together I realized it just didn’t fit my personality. So I went back and started over using my own designs and ideas and I liked the result so much more. I never expect anything to come out perfect on the first try so I wasn’t surprised that happened. My sewing always takes unexpected twists and turns but in the end, whenever I’m wearing something that’s completely mine, I feel confident and that’s really all I want from this.” ~ Kira Ross Continue reading

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My Italian Scarf

My Italian scarf

My Italian scarf

Clothes tell a story and are part of our collective history and culture. You may think a scarf is just a scarf, but if that scarf is from Italy it represents so much more. A scarf is a piece of Italian thousand-year history that carries tremendous meaning. Because in Italy, a country whom many consider to be the home of Catholicism, it is a traditional element worn in church as a symbol of humility in front of God. And it’s not just Catholicism: all religions share a scarf tradition. The scarf is worn in churches and temples and mosques.

What many tourists don’t understand is that a church is not a museum or just any building: it is a sanctuary and a place of worship with a dress code that should be followed.

Scarves are everywhere in modern-day Italy. This tradition has evolved into a fashion statement while at the same time never losing its original intention. My friend Myriam just returned from Italy and brought back a scarf for me from Milan. This one simple accessory is telling a huge story …

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