Lauren Rossi is one of my dearest friends. I can count on one hand how many friends I would consider as close as a sister to me, and Lauren is one of them. Beyond being a striking, intelligent woman, she is also a talented designer and seamstress. Over the last year I had the unique opportunity to follow her in a project that spanned an ocean and required many sleepless hours spent patiently creating elegant costumes for a grand occasion (while working a grueling schedule for her full time job in Manhattan). That occasion was none other than Venetian Carnevale, truly a bucket list event. Following the event I asked Lauren if she would share some of the intimate details of the project and I’m so happy she agreed.
After a weekend visiting her in NYC, I’m happy to bring you this inside look at her work.
Artist Lauren Rossi
“The Virtuous Courtesan”
Like most projects- it started small and grew exponentially as I worked. To keep myself organized and on track I made lists. I love to make lists. I make a list for everything and then I add to it. In addition to what you see in the images, I had to make all of the period undergarments and even made outerwear. For myself I made 4 full gowns, outerwear and a ton of accessories. Luca, my boyfriend, had one complete outfit including a completely hand sewn shirt and outer garments including a handmade hat. For me it is the details and accessories that take an ensemble from costume to clothing.
Although I sadly don’t have any more events to attend- I am looking into doing something Edwardian or possibly medieval. If you know of a historically based event- let me know. My needles are threaded and ready to go!