"Carmen" is registered #36 on our authenticity database. The name of the garment, its registration number and Clare's signature are recorded on the back of the Declare panel that has been sewn inside the jacket.
The Song: "Gypsy" by Fleetwood Mac! A song about freedom, love and fear, being true to yourself and grabbing opportunities with both hands.
The Name: "Carmen" was chosen for this sassy Spanish beauty after the dramatic opera of the same name. It's set in southern Spain and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of a fiery gypsy.
The Design: We began to rework this exceptional beauty from a soft black denim vest, and Carmen began to take shape beautifully from the very beginning.
Dramatically sumptuous red satin lining to inside the bodice continues to the upright collar, which stands up proudly to expose a fiery flash of red. The matching shoulder applique in flowery diamantes were then added, creating a spectacularly stark contrast of colours in true Spanish style.
Designed and created specifically for this unique piece the impressive sleeves, composed of layers of ruffles, are the true focal point of Carmen. Semi-transparent, they fall delicately to the knuckles, creating an imposing but softly feminine aspect to the garment.
A thick, ornate black and gold trim circles the bottom of the design, tying the whole piece together to create a vibrantly eye catching design from start to finish.
Carmen will make a dazzling entrance to command any room!