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Close Up - Bleached

Shibori hand dyed MiH overshirt in vibrant indigo.  Smock style wears as a mini dress or painters overall shirt.

Tie dyes; crackle finishes; splash dye effects and resist dyeing.  All in high contrast starting with extreme dark indigo bleached out to almost white.

To achieve dip dye at home simply dip the bottom into a bowl of bleach, let it dwell for a time emerging further up the garment for a shorter time to get a graduated look.  Then splash and flick more bleach liberally with a paintbrush to get the splattered look.

Wild dye effects where extreme contrast is achieved by stitching in pleats, white spray bleaching, releasing when the garment is dry.  Before the pleats are released this garment has been acid washed as well.  The acid wash is achieved by soaking the pumice stones in a strong solution of bleach and tumbling them together with the garment in a dry drum. Acid wash must not be attempted at home.

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Close Up - Jacquards and Prints

Lurex star jacquard. Can also be translated as a print. This denim is reversible lighter on one side and darker on the other.

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Faded out multi pattern print enhanced by hand stitching and extra stone washed fading.  Looks great in wide legged cut offs. 

See below for a similar denim from a well known brand, Current Elliot.

Current Elliot Boyfriend Cropped Print £250

Current Elliot Boyfriend Cropped Print £250

Multi pattern woven jaquard below reminiscent of Navaho decoration.

Tropical acid print onto denim shirt. After printing the shirt has been enzyme washed to fade out the print but not to wear it out with a stone wash. 

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Vintage

Real originals such as Fiorucci and Mr Freedom 70's pieces. Below original 1970's Fiorucci skirt. Note, pretty beading and liberty print edging and blanket stitching - all great ideas for your own customisation.

Note the skirt panels are all different denims which each have worn differently over time.

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The jeans in the shoot below were from a 'decorate your denim' competition held by Levi in the 1970s and shot by Sam Haskins, but were never used commercially. Such decoration led to the start of Levi commercially offering customisation to their retail customers. 

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Wear It - Festival

Decorate with braids and beads, badges and bows.

Wear chunky ankle boots with frayed cut offs to emphasise your calves. 

Embroidery in primary brights give your old denims a folksy flavour. 

Mixed patterns and mixed fabrics look spontaneous and fresh.

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Ripping, repairing and fraying combined with contrast fabrics and prints.  Mix, match and play with unusual combinations of denim and other fabrics.  

Trainers or boots are the preferred footwear and fringing is a must for accessories. 

Traditional Festival girlie dresses from MiH and The GREAT!

Fringed suede waistcoat traditionally indian inspired, combined with a gathered bottom indigo shirt.

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Close Up - Decoration

Folk appliqué, embroidery and delicate decoration onto dark denim. Burnt out leaf structure could be a tonal bleached print onto mid shade indigo enhancing the wash out abilities of the indigo dye.

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Mexicana embroidery onto worn out vintage denims.

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Exotic printed florals onto worn out denims. giant flowers plus rough denims create a tension of opposites with added interest of weft shredding.

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Frieda Kahlo style Mexican florals pigment printed onto denims.  Make your own artistry using acrylic pigment paints on yesterday's denims.

Gold pigment looks more Boho than luxe when combined with scraped and worn-in areas.

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Close Up - Patched

Pieced and patched indigo boyfriend jeans from Egome - hand stitched patching with stripes placed inside the jeans and lined with natural lace are enhanced by scrape and spray finish.  All this can be achieved at home using whatever contrast fabrics you have to hand.

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Crazy creative Wrangler jeans pocket from the 70's. The Jean is a 2x1 real vintage twill and the pocket is a retro mix of hand woven plastic and denim enhanced by heavy stone wash to highlight the seamed weave.  The woven plastic looks like the formica patterns from the 50's.

Hand embroidered MiH jacket designed and made exclusively for Selfridges Denim Studio, London.  Light blue bleached out indigo embellished with graduated blues is refreshingly sunny after all the dark trends from fall winter.

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Hand embroidered patched MiH boyfriend jeans.  The lightweight denim is vintage ring spun with a slight aged tint which when combined with the Navaho style decoration is spot on for the summer trend.  Comfort with high style.