This collection was inspired by all things 1940s. First by looking at the silver screen goddess such as Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford, Eva Gardner, Bette Davis, Doris Day, Katharine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Barbara Stanwyck, Ginger Rogers, Betty Grable, Lucille Ball, and finally Lana Turner, and the attitude these women portrayed, and embodied. These ladies sexy charms were abundant. However, our main focus was towards the flirtatious play/bathing suits, curvaceous bodies, the sleek & elegant silhouettes, perfectly tailored dresses, the vampish & aloof attitudes, and of course the impeccable hair, and makeup. The women of the day were entering the workforce, maintaining homes, raising children, all while looking utterly flawless and fabulous. The burgeoning control and authority women had was perfectly represented in Christian Dior’s “New look”.
I want to bring a modern approach to this era, as it is one I continually reference. By mixing gingham, and checkered, sheer, and pastels, stretch, woven, and even latex materials. I want to bring focus back to women’s bodies with an emphasis on the multifaceted characteristics women have.Using latex is a new passion at EBF that started with a forest green latex dress I touched in a shop. It seemed all at once, amphibious, like thick seaweed, yet human to touch. I was hooked. I began to research in great detail everything that I could about this natural material. As a seamstress for many years, I can tell you that this was a whole new method of construction that uses glue rather than thread, must be hand cut with a knife rather than scissors, and powered and oiled when ready to hang or wear, instead of ironed.