August 30 2014

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An Alabama Christmas


It’s often a fashion coup for a designer to get to dress a celebrity. But the latest get for Florence, Ala.-based designer Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin isn’t a movie star, it’s a tree. The designer was tapped—courtesy of Chicago boutique owner and unofficial Mrs. O stylist Ikram Goldman, who connected her with Desirée Rogers—to create the tree skirt for the White House Christmas tree. Chanin, her staff, and a crew of Alabama seamstresses worked for three weeks on the hand-beaded, 14-foot skirt, which was donated to the Obamas for the Blue Room tree (above). It took a team of 22 people three weeks to create the skirt’s intricate detailing (below), but, we suppose, when the POTUS calls, you get stitching quick. For the rest of us, a little more lead time is required; Chanin’s team is now taking orders for Christmas 2010. Something tells us she’ll get more than a few.

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Bottom Photo: Courtesy of Alabama Chanin

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