Ok so maybe they’re not “frequently” asked since this is a brand new label… but pre-emptively, here’s what you might like to know;
Who Designed the Fabrics?
The fabrics are 100% unique to Cutting Shapes Club – you won’t find them anywhere else, ever! This is because the illustrations were commissioned by artists that I love and respect, and now I own the copyright on.
Most of the dress themes started as a beaut brainwave, and then I scoped out the right artist for the job (and often brainstormed further with them). Then I gave them precious jewels (aka cash) for their art, and I transformed the pieces into a ‘repeating pattern’ so they can be digitally printed onto bolts of fabric. Neat, huh?
Where Are the Dresses Made?
The dress pattern was made here in Melbourne and underwent 7 iterations before we got it 100% correct. Then it was graded, also in Melbourne, and sent to India to be manufactured ethically using sustainable cotton.
Will There Be More of These Exact Dresses in the Future?
It’s difficult to say – hopefully! If there’s lots of constructive feedback I will keep refining and evolving the silhouette, but it’s possible these prints won’t happen again. If you’ve got your eye on a dress, you’d best treat yourself to it NOW.
I Like the Prints But Don’t Wear Dresses / the Style Doesn’t Do it For Me.
That’s ok, there are plans to *hopefully* expand the dress silhouettes and move into different garments in the future. Stay in touch!
Why Did You Choose That Dress Silhouette? It’s Not Exactly Groundbreaking…
I agree, the ol’ fit and flare is a tried and trusted style. It’s comfortable, classic and works on many body shapes. I love unique and quirky dresses (with pockets!) that are effortless to wear, but loud enough to visually scream someone down from across the street. Larger people (femmes in particular) are taught to shrink and hide ourselves, so these dresses feel like a complete and utter rebellion of that.
Why Do The Dresses Cost What They Do?
Lotssss of factors, and none of them involve me becoming the next high-powered fashion billionaire; I can assure you. Although the dresses are manufactured in India, they’re made ethically which means decent wages for the people who sewed them. The fabric & printing method is high quality. I paid extra per unit for “the good zips”. I commissioned the artists who did the illustrations. I paid the photographer, models and a makeup genie for the lookbook photoshoot. I’m also taking some shipping costs out of my profit margin because I know how much of a deal-breaker expensive shipping can be. I plan to blog about this in more detail in the near future, but for now just trust me; I’m not having a lend of you 😉
I’m an Artist / I Have an Artist in Mind For You to Collab With
That’s rad! Send me details, but please keep in mind that Cutting Shapes is about community and supporting our people, so preference for paid work will always be given to people of colour / fats / femmes / GNC or NB folks / queer babes and people with varying abilities.