Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Evolution of Fab Gabs

I've been kinda drunk on praise recently, as the set improves, as I give my photographer more leeway, introduce new models to the shop. (Thank you, thank you please, don't stop)

Most - not all - of you who follow me on Facebook, Twitter, etc. only found me in recent months, when the pictures got pretty! While I love people asking me how I do it well, it was two years of evolution, trying find my "voice." It is like developing a writing style. I'm proud of it, but totally recognize that I started well, pretty dang humbly!

So I give you... the Evolution of Fab Gabs

July 2008 - This dress set does happen to be the most rare and fantastic thing I've sold. It is a two piece set, moving from the teens to the 20s - the end price was $927, and I sent it to Hong Kong. I've spent hours dreaming what this would look like on Ruby! She could fit it, and both pieces - the black "wiggle" underdress and lace overdress were amazing. But my pictures well, don't really do it justice! Maybe I'll do a blog about sometime, though, it is worth seeing all the details.


November 2008 - I started experimenting with models. This not-well-done removed background lasted all of one photo shoot. Recognize the model? That's Kim of Jitterbuggin!

May 2009 The phone table enters the photos! Woo-hoo! That's actually MY Shaheen (hands off!) we did photograph it the week I bought it... but I wasn't able to give it up. Can you blame me? The print is "Pagan Primitives" - tiki god heads all over.

November 2009 - Fab Gabs finally starts to look like Fab Gabs! Used a student photographer and my new model Ruby.

January 2010 - Lulu of Camera Bandit comes on board and we add the couch to the set! This set required me to swap the layout of my living room every week. Whew! Super cute, but that's done with!

June 2010 - I buy my new 1930's Art Deco couch and chair, and suddenly my whole house - and therefore my set - finally come together! We take breaks in the shoots to play, too. And of course, Solanah is the new addition to the Gabettes (bonus if you can think of a better word for them!)

Gosh, I hope that's the last update to it all for a while!


  1. your shop is awesome and its nice to see the progression.I'd love to have my living room set up with my cute model friends but alas its just be and my self timer or trusty dress form battling to snap a shot while my kidlets run amuck,hehe.*Sigh* someday they'll be in school though,someday and I'll have time.

  2. Gabette is a great name...I wanna be a Gabette! :)

  3. Lovely to see how the shop evolved!! Of course it was always beautiful, but it's so nice to see the development and all the work you put in to find your style!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  4. Call them the Gabardines! =D

    Beautiful work and your shop is amazing. Really enjoying seeing you bloom ^_^

  5. Your shop photos are an inspiration..really enjoy browsing your shop!

  6. this is the BEST. Gives me SO much inspiration and encouragement to keep trying to improve the look of my photos and shop in general. Of course, I had to wipe the drool off my keyboard after seeing that first dress. AMAZING. But then, I shouldn't be surprised. Your clothes are the BEST!

    I agree with Avalon76: the Gabardines = awesome.

  7. Aha, so THAT's the story... Baroness has it right, your clothes are covetable.

    I love your evolution!

  8. Lovely to see that perfection takes time and effort! Good for you.... xx Lucy

  9. I love that 'merry-go-round' dress. Is that still in your shop?