Window Fashion Vision May/June 2016

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From Artisanal to Industrial It wasn’t until after the American Revolutionary War, when the trade route from southern France opened up, that passementerie was finally exported to the United States. Its popularity peaked during the Industrial Revolu-

tion, when mechanization overtook the pure handwork production of passementerie—and created the trimmings industry we know today. More people had access to embellishment that had formerly signified the interiors of the titled classes. As trimmings gain traction once again, the trend of embellishment has evolved to a more subtle or stealth version of its French predecessor. The application of modern trimmings can solve fabricating challenges and evoke various design styles; modern, traditional or transitional. In upcoming columns, I will share how modern trim applications can elevate your work with designer details and promise you will never look at trimmings the same way again. V

Jana Platina Phipps is well known as a trimmings designer with a refined vision for the use of trims in home furnishings, fashion and luxury DIY. Affectionately called Trim Queen by her clients, she adopted the moniker and launched her blog "Trim Queen Chronicles" in 2013, and now shares inspiration of modern embellishment and creativity daily via her social media channels.

Closer Look

LEFT: Trim Queen pillow designs using Robert Allen trimmings exemplify modern embellishment.


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