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I was hired by Karyn Millet to design a piece for her trade show booth for the Surtex show she will be attending in NYC this month. She had been inspired by the mannequins we designed last year for the Well Dressed Home book release; Karyn photographed the book. She wanted a mannequin/dress form made out of all her photographs. With the assistance of my talented friend Laura Stewart, Owner and Designer of Shimmywear and my new assistant Grace Shin we created this beautiful piece for Karyn. I was interviewed by Diana Fung that day and below is what she wrote for the Surtex show. Thank you Karyn for this wonderful opportunity now watch out Project Runway!
P H O T O N E W S A L E R T
Iconic Photo Mannequin Set to Steal the Spotlight at Surtex
Mannequin embodies key themes for Surtex 2010
A trend towards quality, color, innovation and
Rethinking new ways of using known materials and products
WHAT: May16-18, 2010, New York, NY – Even in a sea of original designs, Karyn Millet’s iconic photo mannequin stands out and encapsulates one of Surtex 2010 key themes, that is “finding new ways of using on-hand materials and products.” The photographer in collaboration with set designer Kate Burger uses her images in a fresh modern way to produce an original “one-of-a-kind “couture outfit which showcases the versatility of her imagery.
The mannequin's dress, painstakingly handcrafted from more than 50 of the award-winning photographer’s images, is a dazzling visual feast for the eyes. The inspiration for the dress was the1950’s classic style icon Audrey Hepburn but updated for a new decade.
Printed entirely on an Epson Stylus Photo 1400 printer, it took three set designers more than seven hours to create the photo mannequin’s dress by employing traditional sewing techniques such as pleating, gluing and T-pins to construct the fitted bodice and pleated skirt with a slimming overlay.
WHO: The photo mannequin is a collaboration by photographer Karyn Millet and set designer Kate Burger.
In 2010, Millet was singled out for her body of work in Photography during the prestigious Stars of Design Award from the Pacific Design Center at Westweek. With an inventory of more than 5,000 images, Millet’s work easily lends itself to a myriad of product and licensing opportunities.
“My aim is to photograph life and capture beauty – I love vibrant color and bold textures and this photo mannequin enabled us to showcase the design versatility and emotional imagery and language of my photos,” said Millet.
Known for her sumptuous store displays, Burger started her own business at a young age, and regularly provides freelance services to Anthropologie, Giannetti Homes and other retail stores for display design and execution including the launch of the Anthropologie store in Chicago.
“Karyn’s stunning images were a pleasure to work with, and the photo mannequin is a perfect example of taking someone else’s art and combining their expertise with my vision and bringing it to life. Ultimately, my greatest motivation is to create something my clients love,” said Burger.
WHERE: May 16-18, 2010
Karyn Millet Photography - Booth 563
Surtex 2010, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
You can also go to http://homepage.mac.com/karynmillet/mannequin for a look at the “behind the scenes” making of the mannequin.
Contact: Diana Fung
If you need high resolution photographs, please email email@example.com.
For further information about Karyn R. Millet and Karyn Millet Photography, please visit www.karynmillet.com. For further information about Kate Burger and K8 Vision, Inc., please visit www.k8vision.com.
Bio: Karyn R. Millet, Photographer
After 14 years in publishing and public relations, Karyn Millet decided to pursue her passion for the visual arts. In less than half that time, Millet has built a name for herself as an emerging new photographic talent in the interior design and hospitality industry. Her artwork has been installed in leading hotels, resorts and spas as well as private homes across the U.S.
In 2010, Millet was singled out for her body of work in Photography during the prestigious Stars of Design Award from the Pacific Design Center at Westweek. She has photographed three books in less than three years - Natural Style (Creative Homeowner), The Well-Dressed Home (Clarkson Potter), and Kids of Kilimanjaro. She is currently working on her next title about re-inventing oneself.
Millet’s editorial work has also appeared in influential lifestyle, design and shelter magazines including: House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Conde Nast Traveller UK, Country Living, Conde Nast Traveler, Interiors Magazine, Vogue India, Los Angeles Confidential, Riviera, Luxe, Western Interiors & Design, Sunset Magazine, California Homes, Robb Report, O at Home and Angeleno.
Millet exhibited her fine art collection in two solo shows at Lendrum Fine Art in Los Angeles which received media coverage by “Good Day LA” (FOX-TV) and Angeleno. Corporate clients include celebrated five-star hotels such as the Montage Resort Laguna Beach, The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Grand Del Mar, and Sea Island Resort.
“My goal is to photograph life - and that means capturing moments, chronicling scenes and capturing beauty,” says Millet. “I don’t push a shot, but rather constantly have an eye out for the right light on an intriguing, poignant or subtle subject. With all the beauty that God gives each day, it is a welcome challenge to create a photograph that can hold a moment.”
A native of Southern California, Millet grew up on the same beach her parents still call home. The sand, surf and shoreline remain some of her favorite photographic subjects as well as the vibrant colors, elaborate design motifs and engaging architecture of Guatemala, her father’s homeland.
Bio: Kate Burger, Set Designer
A native New Yorker, Burger today appears to be the quintessential laid-back California girl, but first impressions are deceptive as this young talented entrepreneur was passionate about design from a very early age, and started her own company which specializes in set production and visual displays, just a few years after graduating.
Burger’s enthusiasm and talent for elaborate window dressing and sumptuous store displays has put her on the fast track and earned her fans in the design industry. She regularly provides freelance services to Anthropologie, Giannetti Homes and other retail stores for display design and execution including the launch of the Anthropologie store in Chicago.
She also excels in the areas of set styling and collaborative design projects for art directors, production designers, photographers and works closely with event coordinators to produce weddings and special events.
After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Fashion Merchandising Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, Burger worked in the visual department for Anthropologie in SoHo. She jumped at the opportunity to move to Los Angeles with the company and quickly become one of the lead display coordinators in the LA district.
After three years on Anthropologies’ visual team, Burger launched her own business which specializes in set construction, from building sets to prop styling, and also incorporates set design and styling. Burger has a keen vision about where she wants to take her company and what she would like to do in the future to nurture her passion for design.
“I love utilizing materials in new imaginative ways, and this along with my knowledge of prop resources, allows for limitless design possibilities,” said Burger. “Karyn’s stunning images were a pleasure to work with and the photo mannequin is a perfect example of taking someone else’s art and combining their expertise with my vision and bringing it to life. Ultimately, my greatest motivation is to create something my clients love. “