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A Passion for Photography

A Passion for Photography

photo credit: copyright Dan Currier, professional photographer, Richmond, VA.

I've always been mildly obsessed with my friend and photographer Dan Currier's #urbex series from an abandoned textile mill.  I think the combination of my love for textile manufacturing and antiques makes this picture both haunting and exquisitely beautiful in the same moment. Every detail; the rusted hangers, torn canvas on the dress form, beautiful gray fabric draped on the iron press - art pieces frozen in time. Urban photography is the art of finding abandoned (or old) buildings and photographing the history and unanswered story left behind. Although, not an abandoned NC mill, it is a stark reminder of the number of US mills that have closed both here in our state and around the country.  

 

Photography has been my hobby for over 20 years and filled the void for creativity in my world. My father was also an avid photographer and had a darkroom in his architectural studio. My love for the darkroom and taking an image from enlarger to chemical bath was actually greater than being behind the camera. There was a patience to the art of photography with film. You had to think about each shot, as to not waste film unlike digital today, which has it's advantages, but in my opinion doesn't force a fine tuned eye for your subject. Once negatives were ready, even the process of developing prints required patience. Swirling the chemicals around the fiber paper waiting for hints of black and white or sepia to emerge was actually thrilling. It creates a delay in the creative process vs the instant gratification of digital photography today. Don't misunderstand my appreciation for digital's place! Editing fashion photography for the website wouldn't be possible without PhotoShop and being able to quickly high key a look or edit for social media.

 

But, for those of us who remember a slower time and appreciate watching something come to life in your hands ~ whether clothing, photography, or sculpture, the memories of swirling chemical around a black and white photograph right before the image appears . . . will always be a bit magical. 

 

 



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BUST (measure at fullest part)
WAIST  (measure at or below belly button)
HIP  (measure fullest part of low hip)

 

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 WHEN SIZING DOWN, YOU WILL NOTICE IT ACROSS THE UPPER BACK, NECK OPENING, ARMHOLE OPENING, AND GENERALLY THROUGH THE BUST, WAIST, AND HIP. 

 


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We understand that quality starts with exceptional fabric.  Which is why we only work with a small number of mills across the world that pass our in-house test standards and are committed to the highest quality.  We also support mills that strive for the lowest environmental impact, including Edelweiss products from Lenzing that have a zero carbon footprint. 

Our commitment to a lower impact includes washing all ADALÉI garments in COLD water only and never using the dryer, which uses a large amount of unnecessary energy. 

For our fabrics that can be washed, we suggest the following:

For our fabrics that require dry cleaning we suggest choosing a cleaner committed to not using PERC.  In 2012, the EPA classified PERC as a "likely human carcinogen". 

Several of our garments are labeled dry clean only due to the content being a specialty fiber.  Most silk, wool, and other fabrics CAN safely be washed at home, however, you might experience a change in the surface of the fabric or slight shrinkage.  

We understand some customers never dry clean anything. Do you want to pre-test a "dry clean only" garment prior to hand washing? 

We are happy to provide a cutting room floor swatch so you can do your own testing at home prior to washing your garment.  You can let us know you want a swatch in one of two ways. When purchasing, type "wash swatch" in your notes at checkout . We are happy to recycle these scraps so that you can feel confident about whether washing or dry cleaning is best for your ADALÉI garment. 

We use two types of silk in our Ethereal Silk collection.  The silk charmeuse (Gigi) is already pre washed by the mill and able to be washed by hand at home.  However, our crepe de chine (Caroline and Coco) is a standard silk and we cut the design slightly oversized to allow for some shrinkage.  We do NOT PREWASH our crepe de chine silk, for our customers who always dry clean. In our cold water wash testing, we noticed around 1/2" to 1" shrinkage in both the width and length.  Our model Eliza is wearing the Caroline (beige) in S and the Coco (black) in XS to show you the PRE-WASH comparison in sizing.  We also noticed a slight change in the "hand" of the silk, meaning it was not quite at silky.  Never put silk in the dryer.  Please consider these factors when ordering your size. 

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