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Couture gowns a labour of love for Vancouver designer

Grandy C. of Atelier Grandi says she spent at least 150 hours hand sewing sequins on just one couture gown for her latest collection.

Serpentine by local fashion designer Grandy C. of Atelier Grandi makes it Vancouver Fashion Week runway debut on Tuesday evening.

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Serpentine by local fashion designer Grandy C. of Atelier Grandi makes it Vancouver Fashion Week runway debut on Tuesday evening.

She may be a fashion designer, but after Grandy C.’s latest collection debuts at Vancouver Fashion Week, she will likely never want to see a needle and thread again.

As the creative mind behind Atelier Grandi, a Vancouver-based boutique that specializes in custom clothing for women, Grandy said she spent hours individually sewing sequins by hand while designing her 2016 spring-summer collection, titled Serpentine, that makes its runway debut Tuesday.

“Sewing sequins on fabric one by one is hard work,” she said with a laugh. “It’s going to be a very pretty collection, but it is by far the most ambitious and intricate collection that I’ve put out yet.”

The VFW collection includes 13 looks, of which at least half include some element of embroidery. On one couture gown, Grandy estimates that she spent at least 150 hours putting the final hand-sewn details on the entire piece.

A self-described history buff and classically trained musician, Grandy’s designs are often influenced by the music and art of bygone eras.

She described her latest collection as an ode to the art nouveau movement, featuring the same classic silhouettes for which she is known, but this time adorned with floral prints and gilded in gold.

“Above everything, it’s beauty,” she said. “It’s really a sense of beauty with just a little bit of the dark side. It’s also a very rich collection with all the sequins and glittery gold bits.”

Atelier Grandi by Grandy C. hits the VFW runway at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday.

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