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"Shriek or Chic": Joelle Samaha on Researching Trends and Hunting for the Perfect Materials


When making a garment, I roam the Garment District in New York City for inspiration in choosing a fabric. I usually end up at Elegant Fabrics or Mood Fabrics -- they have unique fabrics, a little bit of everything from basic satin to intricate beaded lace.  


For the more basic silks, chiffons, organza, or satin, I like to go to Preview Textiles. For notions I go to Botani, Pacific Trimming, and M&J Trimming for high-quality options. For beading, I typically go to Bead World. I always find everything I need there.


I like to browse Pinterest, Etsy, and the Martha Stewart website for costume ideas and accessories. I follow Women’s Wear Daily and fashion stylists on Instagram as well as many designers like Givenchy, Balmain, Steven Khalil, Leah Da Gloria, and one of my favorites, J’Aton Couture.


I feel like social media has become such a growing resource for all types of research and entertainment. These fashion bloggers and pages unintentionally inspire me. It is a great way to keep current with the latest trends of the industry. My favorite fashion bloggers on Instagram are Antoinette Marie (@sydneyfashionblogger), Aureta Thomollari (@aureta), and other pages such as @styledbybreanna, @chloehollywood, and @chiaraferragni.


When trying something completely new, I usually turn to YouTube tutorials. I find anything and everything I need. Even Pinterest provides great step-by-step tutorials. Don’t be afraid of a challenge; there are always ways around certain things. You may discover a different way of doing something. Feel free to change things up a bit if you feel they will work better.