The Client Inspired Project that went Viral #foreverduncan

duncansThe Duncans are an amazing couple. The two had finished marital counseling, and Sherrell was ready to go to the Justice of the Peace! It was May 2016, and Sherrell knew that Alfred was her husband and she didn’t want to waste any more time. She reached out to me first because she wanted to commission Amyang Fashun to create what they would wear to the Justice of the Peace | Court House. She wasn’t concerned about having a formal wedding, but she did want them to look nice on their big day. That day I took her measurements, we talked about ideas of fabrics and design options, and how I would convince Alfred to allow me to measure him as a fit model for a design I was working on. She wanted to surprise him with a couture suit. Since we are both pretty emotional, we also cried a little and laughed a lot. It was exciting. About a week or so later, we met again, but she was not in the best of spirits. Alfred was not in agreement with her idea to go to the Justice of the Peace. She was sad, but said that she would exercise patience and allow him to handle things so she was cancelling the order. What she didn’t know was that my next appointment that day was with her future husband. He invited me to lunch and shared that he was going to surprise her with a wedding and that he needed my assistance. I was so happy! We sat for about an hour and discussed his vision and next steps. I was elated!

Since Sherrell is a certified personal trainer, my biggest concern was her measurements. Sherrell had shared that she recently hired a personal trainer, so I knew she was going to loose inches. I had to find a way to measure her again without blowing my cover. It was the end of August and I still had not sketched the dress. I was in NYC for the majority of the summer, so when I knew I was heading to Maryland, I scheduled an appointment with her. I told her that as we were working to finalize which fabrics would be used for our new collection, I needed her opinion. I was measuring all clients that workout, because I needed to know which measurements actually change. I really did need this information, so it worked out for both of us. I stopped by to collect updated measurements and began to sketch!

Poolside Sketching
Fabric Sourcing

After Labor Day wedding partying with some of my closest friends, I finally sat by the pool and began to sketch for this wedding.  Initially I thought I was going to be sketching a yellow-gold wedding dress, based on Sherrell’s favorite color yellow. However, once I sketched the dress and sent it for approval, Alfred loved it, but shared his only request. The dress must be black. Of course, one eyebrow of mine jumped to the moon. Black? He responded… Black. I showed the sketch to Sallay, my sister and business partner, shared with her the color selected by Alfred, and she just looked at me. For about 74 full seconds… a blank stare.  Then we moved forward and discussed fabric options. On an afternoon when I was fabric sourcing for the wedding, my staff photographer captured me in the garment district heading to pick up black tulle and I posted it as a Facebook Profile picture. Ironically… Sherrell commented about loving the photo and asked when I would be returning to Maryland. It took everything in me not to respond and say, “Of course you do! I’m gathering fabric for you surprise wedding!” I had to respond and say that I would be back in mid-October. A boldface lie. Sigh. But it was worth it!

Amyang Fashun has a team of tailors, and our NYC based-team is led by an amazing, but shy tailor that has a long list of clients, including celebrities. He is a dedicated to the craft and his hard work and skill ensured that that the sketch for this dress came to life. I picked up the dress from him late Thursday evening, headed back to Maryland by bus Friday evening and presented the dress to Sherrell as her “Engagement Dress” Saturday afternoon.

14572879_10210958092894316_8114651983589011978_nShe was excited to see me before she knew I had a dress for her, so the moment she was fully dressed and excited meant so much. We were nervous!  Was the dress going to fit!?  I even brought my sewing machine with me in a large suitcase that was hidden by the door… just in case. It had been over 30 days since I measured her and she works out ALL OF THE TIME!  Luckily, the only issue was that the waist was about an inch and a half too big, so I cinched the waist for an exact fit once she was in the skirt. The top fit perfectly and although the train was designed to be detachable, I didn’t want to chance it not staying hooked in place at the waist, so I quickly tacked the train to the skirt at the waist. The success to our design lies in our decisions to select stretch fabrics where we could.  The rest is history.

We’re also proud that we worked with Alfred to provide the accessories for his big day too.  We created the yellow-gold lace bow-tie and pocket square for his look.  We also created the black bow-ties and pocket square for his best man and groomsmen.  It was a pleasure to work with him.  He allowed us to use our knowledge of him and his lady to create what is now Amyang’s first viral Client Inspired Couture design.  #foreverduncan was a project of love and dedication from all aspects. Amyang Fashun is proud to be apart of wedding history.


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