For the Christmas window at our Wells boutique this year we decided on a white and gold theme and I wanted to focus on Ballet. This year I have started to look back at what originally inspired me to make dresses. Ballet costumes will always be my first inspiration.
I didn't want to buy a whole load of new decorations, the first idea was irridescent but that would have meant investment in lots of new stuff and were trying to cut down on un-thoughtful consumption and waste. And sometimes constricted boundaries lead o more creativity.
So with a budget of £10, old decorations and some paper we made the Christmas window. We do have the advantage of being able to make things!
The glass window itself I hand drew with a chalk pen with fairytales, ballet dancers and snowflakes to create a lace border around the panes.
My super incredible Mum, Marina cut the ballet dancers by hand from paper, they are really effective and twirl in the breeze every time the door opens.
On the far wall there are more hand cut paper snowflakes. I would love to do more of this next year building up layers and flowers inspired by the Dior flower room at the exhibition in Paris.
The floor was covered in twigs, found in the garden and painted in white emulsion. Full credit to my Mum for this. They looked fabulous as trees painted too. Then the twigs were covered with a scattering of snow business snow, which we reused from a few years ago.
Above the window is a large gold and white mesh bow, a simple roll of mesh sculpted into place to form a ballet stage bow.
Finally the dress, the silver sequin carnival dress to start, next will be even more ballet!
Alexandra King Christmas Window 2018 Wells, Somerset