Mimi Prober's SS 2018 Show Was A Mosaic Of Botanically Hand-Dyed Antique Textiles That Exerted Divine Energy
We attended our first sustainable luxe New York Fashion Week runway presentation at Skylight Clarkson and it was simply majestic and whimsical.
Mimi Prober is a high end luxury designer who is known for her handcrafted pieces made from antique textiles. Her signature collections are elegantly crafted recovered fragments of antique materials daring from the 18th to earth 20th Centuries. She uses natal and locally produced luxe fibers as well as implementing botanical based dye method that have been uniquely developed into custom textiles that are organically designed, artisanal and seasonless. Through a zero-waste philosophy, each piece is created by hand with one of a kind placement that highlights the individual history and story. Prober is celebrated for her decorative and unique beading, embroidery and designs.
On Monday September 11th, Prober showcased her Spring Summer 2018 collection. Before the show even started, the crowd was mesmerized by her beautiful live plant backdrop. Draped with beautiful vines, dried flower bundles and lace spoke openly and honestly about her mission and love for the beauty of nature. The floral installation by Elan Flowers represented the process of the natural botanical transfer to the garment:
"A petal's artistic individuality and the flower's purpose take on inspired forms through natural botanical floral transfer. Embracing the divine connection of our earth and the bounty it brings us' bouquets of discarded flora take on a new visual meaning - achieving artistic watercolor expression and one-of-a-kind natural color through this unique healing and meditative process.
Natural color throughout the textiles are achieved using hand dye processes; botanical flora (rose, hibiscus, and hydrangea are at the forefront - sprinkled with sunflower, marigold, wildflowers), local indigo, logwood, and Japanese Bengala traditional mud dye techniques are accented to create an ethereal range of tones which complement colors originally found within the textiles (black, ivory, jewel tones)."