This ensemble was the first of several collaborative efforts made with Carol McKee Manning. The inspiration for the jacket are lyrics from a U2 song on the Joshua Tree album (my all time favorite).
The jacket is made from several colors of cotton velveteen, the appliquéd leaves are made from silk and novelty fabrics. The leaves cascading from the shoulders down the back and sleeves of the jacket are machine appliquéd, stuffed and quilted. Rivers of rayon cords and novelty trims, churn and flow over the surface of the leaves.
Hand applied embellishments such as vintage and new shi sha mirrors are stitched on with metallic threads; vintage and new sequins are applied with thread and bead embellishments; and glass beads are stitched with abalone shell beads, like golden treasures washed upon the shore.
The original ensemble had a pair of harem pants made from a bronze colored cotton lame fabric. The mask is made from novelty fabrics, trims and beads. The jewelry ensemble that I made to go with this jacket is called Knot to be Believed.