From the designer Professor Arlene Handschuch:
MOONLIGHT GARDEN is an original eveningwear ensemble featuring a suede jacket embellished with gold, silver, lilac, and green translucent and opaque ribbons woven through a series of shaped cuts in the fashion fabric to create flower buds, intertwining stems, and flying bug. Inspiration for the shapes of my flower motifs and stems came from a Dover Publications reprint of ART NOUVEAU GRAPHIC DESIGNS OF ALPHONSE MUCHA, PUBLISHED IN COMBINAISONS ORNEMENTALES [CA. 1900, PARIS]
Inspiration for my colors, textures, dew drop beads on the flowers, and the dragon fly shape came from a summer evening walk in my wildflower meadow. Shapes and locations of 776 curved and straight cuts were determined so the flat satin ribbons would form the shapes of flower petals and flying bug and the tubular satin cord would form intertwining stems. All the cuts provide structural support to hold the ribbon to the fashion fabric and fusible weft insertion interfacing secures the ribbon to the inside of the fashion fabric. Thirteen different ribbons were combined and/or stitched to create a variety of shading and sizes for each individual flower, stem, and flying bug. Singly applied gold beads form dewdrops on the flower tips and stems. Silver bugle beads form the wing structure of the bug.
The ensemble was developed through flat pattern techniques. The jacket is a black synthetic suede with a stylized stand-up collar, easy fit kimono sleeves with cuffs, and full rayon lining.