When you look at the photos of Jessica Light working on her 19th century loom – a lucky find in a car boot sale – you can’t avoid envying her. She looks so elegant and driven in her studio surrounded by dozens of net, paper, light-reflective yarns and leather trims, colourful fringes, intricate tassel tops. Jessica Light started her own company five years ago after having worked for the corsetier Mr Pearl and mastered antique techniques of passementerie. She has collaborated with some of the most talented fashion designers like Christian Lacroix, Thierry Mugler and John Galliano, she weaved the balcony fringe for Buckingam Palace and recreated period trims for the English Heritage. Behind Jessica Light‘s work, there is a curious eye capable of drawing inspiration from all manner of things, from art to architecture, from movies to books. The Horniman Museum’s African galleries, for instance, influenced one of her latest collections and the tribal inspiration is evident in some of the passementerie pictured above. She has used ancient techniques in a contemporary way, creating details that are so beautiful they can transform a cushion, a costume, a lampshade, a dress, a curtain into something really sophisticated.
(top photos from her website; the mannequin photo and the bottom photo by Alun Callender from Homes & Gardens)
7 May 2013