In this second part of the mannequin highlight, let’s visit the final three designs that have been created, this time with some help of floral designer Jeff Miklos. The first design takes us about 20,000 leagues under the sea into a beautiful underwater world. Adorned in shells, starfish, corals, grasses, florals and sea glass, this beautiful example of aquatic-inspired design transports the viewer into a calm and oceanic setting.
Another of Jeff’s designs was inspired by the typical home of a homegrown flower: the garden! The elements of this mannequin design stayed true to the garden roots (no pun intended) with purple, green, deep red and blush color combinations. Purple and green compliment each other well, no? The various textures of the florals used in this design also give the mannequin volume, as if she is in full bloom.
Credit: Jeff Miklos
In another tribute to the beautiful orchid, our mannequin transforms into the Belle of Bourbon Street. The masquerade inspired design is composed of dozens of fuschia, white, pink and purple hued flowers. There are over 25,000 species of orchid, and these stunning flowers symbolize a special moment between the person giving the flower and the recipient – from strength, love, or beauty. They were also regarded as a symbol of luxury in Victorian England – if you were gifted a pink orchid; it was a sign of love and deep affection.
Credit: Kristina Valdmaa
The mannequin has undergone some beautiful transformations, from Sea Queen to Orchid-Drenched Damsel. She is an example of how one prop, no matter what it is – can be reborn from different ideas. True artistry is finding inspiration in something and then creating a concept that is all your own. Each and every idea that formed the different concepts of all the mannequin looks was an inspired vision. Hopefully, these different looks will help inspire other artists to create their own visions for a floral femme.
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