~an eccentric woman with extraordinarily memorable, often misunderstood but unmistakably distinctive style.

"It is my intent to showcase that which I consider wearable art.
Clothing that is whimsical, dramatic, avant-garde and on the
cutting edge of design - as seen through my eyes.
Brilliance and madness are interchangeable.
This is my style inspiration. I invite you into my world."
~Claudia Byrdine

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Wrapped in crimson head to toe. A flowing skirt with a dangerously high slit exposing not only a leg but a tiny underskirt and all toped off by a sumptuous knit jacket. Layering at it's most glamorous!

Monochromatic. Her hair, skin and dress... all neutral. A wall tapestry is her pop of color.

Neutrals with a hint of pink. The gown with it's seemingly effortless draping by contrast to the dramatic yet soft, raw edged ruffling of sheer silk crȇpe Georgette contained by a double buttoned cuff. Both very reminiscent of the fabulous lingerie of the 1930's and 40's.

This sweeping gown is such an amazing neutral with taupe and purple hues...
it echos the colors of the stone wall behind her.

In the mid 1500's a farthingale made it's first appearance. A petticoat of sorts, made of the same fabric but lined with whalebone, wood or wire to hold out your skirts. Another case of underwear becoming outerwear. This stunning little architectural cocktail dress is a "farthingale" come full circle. We've come a long way baby!

The tie-dye effect of the 1960's is used in neutrals and muted reds to give the marbelized pattern to the fabric of this beautiful dress, but the pièce de résistance is the shrug that tops it.
A sea of florets matching colors in the gown. Like a hand-stitched flower bed.

Mariana Idzkowska shot by photographer Justin Wu and styled by Nicolas Kuttler.

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