is offering one lucky AlphaBetaChic reader a
$30 Gift Certificate
Headbands are really popular right now, and I just love how elaborate, bohemian, and vintage Deanna's pieces are. Check out my interview with her and some of my favorite hair pieces and belts from her Etsy collection!
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1) What is your name, and where are you from?
My name is Deanna DiBene and I live in Seattle, Washington!
2) Tell us about Baroque & Roll. How did you come up with the name? Is this a full time endeavor or part time hobby?
Baroque and Roll just seemed to perfectly incorporate my love for the 18th century with all its "over the top" decorative rococo fashions and my great love for rock music and 60's bohemian fashion. This is definitely a full time endeavor and I feel very lucky to be able to support myself doing what I love the most!
3) Describe your creative process. Where do you get your materials? What are some of your inspirations?
I love, love, love lots of decorative frosting. My work room is brimming with ribbons, feathers, jewels, trims and all manner of passementerie. I can be completely inspired by some fabulous vintage trinket or veil I have found. A hat or hair piece will just grow organically from playing with the trim and fabrics. I'm most influenced by the 18th century and the glamour of old Hollywood, and have a deep love for music and art. I try to go to New York once a year to buy fabrics and trims as Seattle doesn't offer much in that way. But we have fabulous vintage here and I do a lot of hunting for trims at flea markets and vintage shops.
4) How long have you been designing? Do you have formal training? Why accessories over clothes?
I've been designing since I was a child making clothing for my paper dolls. I would draw and color and cut out the wildest costumes for them (does that actually count?). I did go to art and fashion design school in San Fransisco, but it wasn't until later when I studied with a milliner (hat maker) did I really find my true love. There is something really wonderful about accessories that intrigues me. How you can take a simple outfit and change it in many ways with your accessories. I also think they make a pretty strong personal statement about ones style.
5) What kind of girl do you imagine wearing your pieces? How often do you wear your own designs?
I'm always quite charmed at the variations of ages and styles the girls are that wear my work. I think the thing they have in common is a bit of an adventuresome spirit and like a bit of fun when getting dressed. Living in the Northwest the weather is very cranky so I wear hats almost every day. You can almost always find me with a bit of glittery girly confection on. Even when I'm just in my studio working. Often it is something I just finished making!
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This giveaway will be open for 1 week, and ends on March 16, 2010 at 12PM.
I will use Random.org to pick the winner. This giveaway is open worldwide. Good luck!
[[UPDATE 03/16/10]] The AlphaBetaChic x Baroque & Roll Giveaway and comments section are now closed. Thank you so much for your support and stay tuned for another giveaway!