Category Archives: Custom Dress News and Stories

Booze. Beards. Bowties.

Typically my dapper gentleman is either drinking cider with me, or whiskey by himself. He’s new to getting dressed up, but he asked me why I never make him bowties…. Well silly, you never asked me to.

Naturally that started a monster within myself.

I’ve got a million other projects to do before I leave for a month, but how could I resist?! I don’t get to play dress up with him enough… So I made 14 bowties..

Here are just a few.

Yes, they are one of a kind, made from repurposed materials, landfill friendly, locally made, ship worldwide and of course..

For Dapper Risk Takers Only.

Enjoy.

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Raw Showcase Pics

Just a few, but not all.

Each piece has been upcycled from something else..is.. A pair of jeans turned into a dress.

Watch this video first…

PANORAMA RAW – Independent Artist Event: http://youtu.be/mRELHi8IAvQ

Then check them out.

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Photos by : Lee San

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Red Lace Chronicles…..cont.

I feel like I’m never going to be done with this dress. The lace has to be cut and sewn like an applique…did I mention it has to be done by hand???

FML.

I love my job. Love my clients. Love my life.

But…

This shit cray.

I’ve been working on it all day, fixing errors, pinning, fitting, repinning and now stitching.

In the end its going to be so beautiful!

P.s. I’m on IG if you want to see updated videos of the process AND other things I’m up to!

Follow @AshtonMiyako and @AshtonMiyakoDesigns

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Seam Ripping Learning Lessons

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Man fixing this dress has enlightened me quite a bit.

I have learned that I need to be a part of each and every process. I can’t assume that anyone knows how to do things the way I want them.

I never considered whether or not my sewers knew how to sew an invisible zipper, which is why they were having to many issues with this dress.

More importantly its my fault, my company, my brand and out combine wasted time since I have to seam rip the whole thing out.

sigh I think. Need to teach technique classes before singing people up, or have them provide a sewing sample book.

Have any of you ran into this problem?

I think part of it is just me assuming that everyone is on the same level I am, without taking the time to truly asses skill level. Same goes with marketing interns. I demand excellence at all times. Perhaps I’m asking too much? I don’t know.

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Mid City Lion

Photos first words to come….here they are.. Dresses and head dresses made by yours truly.

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Dionisio Winery Event

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Oh… this weekend as been crazy busy, but it was truly a blessing and amazing!

 

For those of you who didn’t know (which seems like a lot… ) I did an event with Dionisio Winery this past Friday. Jimmy and his wife Clarice are the owners/winemakers for that fine establishment and I feel truly blessed to have met both of them.  (Photos to come… uploading is taking FOREVER!)

First, let me tell you about the wine.

The grapes are from California, yes… that is no secret, but the wine is made right here in Houston. The grapes are shipped next day air, the fruit that is infused comes from Texas (we love local) and carries no pesticides… (we really love Organic). There are very little preservatives added (a bottle only lasts 3 years) and there are NO artificial flavors added what so ever. Now you might be asking yourself… well what does all this mean to me?

It means you have a good clean wine that is good for your body AND wont give you a hangover!! Did I mention it tastes AMAZING!

Being a California girl, I have high standards, but this wine is seriously amazing.

Now, when Jimmy asked me to do an event with him, I didn’t ever question it.. I just said YES!

The event featured the wine… obviously.. and a trunk show by yours truly. We had quite a few local models, who walked around and mingled with the event attendees, as well as taking pictures of my Summer 2014 designs.

There are not enough works to describe how truly grateful I am… but here are my thanks:

Thank you to the following people:

  • Jimmy and Clarice for hosting the show, and for continuing to push me along the way.
  • Emeka with GnationCrown.com for helping me find last minute models and makeup
  • Bianca with Joie De Vivre Artistry for doing all the makeup on the fabulous models
  • The models who showed up, took photos, and modeled their butts off.. thank you ladies
  • Daniel with dwayne studio45foto for taking event photos
  • Jared Pierson with FullFramFX Photography for showing up, showing your love and being generally awesome
  • Matt Bednar…. my boyfriend.. you have to deal with so much.. thank you for putting up with me
  • My hula sisters. Thank you for showing up and supporting me. Your love, friendship and sisterhood means the world to me. I love you.
  • To all of the attendees, thank you for your feedback and appreciation. I have taken everything into consideration and it will help launch me forward.
  • Marie, that you for helping me find last minute models as well. I was truly freaking out.

 

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Urban Jungle Cat – Photoshoot and Happiness

Sooooooooo….. There are no words to describe how full my “love tank” is right now. 

(For those of you who have read 5 Love Languages, you know what I’m talking about….. for those of your who haven’t. I’m not really sure what you are waiting for, but I know it will change your life for the better if you let it. )

So, back to my happiness…

A month or so ago an amazing woman name Allison found me on Instagram and told me she loved my designs. Naturally I had to do some cyber stalking myself, and let me tell you *le swoon*.. instant girl crush extreme. Then… I saw Jenna from Anthem In Art.. HOLY MOLY.. I think I just died and went to super girly rockstar heaven. Allison is a kick ass stylist and Jenna is seriously the best photographer in Houston. When I found out they wanted to work with me, I nearly died… yes.. died.

The Concept:

Jungle cat meets downtown Houston. The super amazing and talented models Janie and Kelsey would be getting their animalistic groove on in… you guessed it.. Ashton Miyako Designs.

The Crew: 

The Location:

Downtown Houston, TX

The Results:

So I currently only have behind the scenes shots, but even those are kick ass. I’m so uber excited I can’t contain my happiness!!!!!

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Also – You can purchase the garments you see in the pictures here!!

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Upcycled Fashion and Transformations By Maria

I will write more later, but I wanted to share a new project that I am working on.

As some of you may know, I started out designing in 2008 by creating upcycled clothing. I was broke (still am), and needed new clothing for school/work/events with no way to buy new things. To top it off nothing fit. Many of my friends had given me clothing they weren’t wearing anymore, and I knew I needed to make it my own. No one likes hand me downs…. unless they are designer. At any rate I took those pieces, cut them up and refashioned garments that fit me and my style perfectly.

Many years later I have paired up with Transformations By Maria to take unwearable clothing, and turn it into local fashion art pieces. So here I am.

Here are some photos, I will do a follow up later regarding all of the amazing things Maria is doing.

Let me know what you think!

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Evening of Hope, A Night of Life Saving Fashion.

This blog will be updated when I get better pictures and video.. but for now here is Part 1 and Part 2 of the video I took on my phone from last night’s show at the Yerba Buena Center. In the first video my dress is just starting to come down the runway at the very end and then it finishes in the beginning of the second video.

 

I didn’t think of shooting the video horizontally (it was a long, stressful day.. I was not thinking at all) so bare with me that everyone seems so small.

Part One

Part Two

Candy as motivation…yes I think so

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Candy in an in n out tray….condoms for project inform, fixing flower girls dresses.. its gonna be a long night.

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