Wednesday, April 13, 2011

the madonnas of echo park

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She could look at a department store dress, find the exact pattern, cut, sew, hem it, and have a dress impossible to tell from the one that cost eight hundred dollars. Her own designs were inspired by her Mexican grandmother's zoot-suiter clothes: tight around the bust ruffled blouses, drape skirts with vertical black and white stripes, and bow-box ribbons for her long curly hair that ran down her back like melting licorice. She sketched on big white pads and carried colored pencils with her. Bright reds, icy blues, fiery greens, and milky blacks fleshed out her neat and perfect lines, free hand compositions that could pass for patterns traced out of a book...

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