Who made the flapper dress?

That woman was the kind of woman who, if you asked her, she would tell you she never wore a dress. But the first thing she said was: “That’s not fair.” She just knew what she wanted. She didn’t care what it was, not in a million decades.

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I met that same lady who turned out to be a genius when it came to her own dress. I had one of the biggest designs of all time. I started working at the dress factory two nights before Christmas.

What made you decide to start an army of model-costume creators?

That’s an interesting question. Because in the beginning, it all started, in part, because I was watching these kids’ videos and the fashion was more beautiful, more dramatic. I couldn’t stand by and let that happen, so once I saw the girls wearing makeup on the runway, I said: “I want to go and work with them and make things look like that.” So I ended up joining a group of model and costume producers who came together as a team. And I said: “I’m going to take a break, and see what I can write, draw, paint.”

The first thing I did was a lot of work for the clothing company I worked for [Carnival].” The dressmaker I spent most of my time with told me on the phone: “We need to come up with this look.” And I said: “Let’s go down to the street and knock it out of the park.”

Which dress was it?

It was a long time ago, but I remember the first dress came out and everyone was in the middle of it. It was the most popular dress in those early days. I had people standing out on the street and yelling: “Who is the dressmaker?” So I did all the production for it. We got a shot off the dressmaker’s chest — I had a camera at my hip that was filming her breast — and I said to myself: “Let me make that look even better!” But it turned out a lot of people thought it was so good that it just kept coming out. So it ended up that for a while, every three or four years, everybody’s favorite, most popular dress, I would create a new one.

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One thing I’ve noticed about the designers who are part of that first wave of