Art Meets Fashion (AMF) Featured Artist: Designer/Florist Shelly Huynh of Orchid Dynasty

Today’s featured Art Meets Fashion (AMF) designer is someone I have come to know and admire in recent years. For those of you readers who work or are involved in the local wedding scene, she is a familiar face and someone who always inspires with her inventive take on florals: Shelly Huynh.

As the owner of Orchid Dynasty, Huynh spends her days designing gorgeous arrangements of blooms and foliage for homes, businesses, weddings, and other special events. But for AMF, she’s using her flower power in a whole new way: designing and creating floral couture.

Huynh will be the opening act for the designer/runway portion of AMF. She will be showing six floral couture designs based on this year’s AMF theme “Deconstructing Venus.”

“I don’t want to just glue flowers to a dress and call that floral fashion,” says Huynh. “I want to create something that evokes feelings from the audience. I want them to connect to the art side of floral design.” She credits the late Alexander McQueen and Japanese fashion designers as inspirations.

For AMF, Huynh’s designs vary from a floral mohawk to a look inspired by Lady Gaga and Nicky Minaj. But it’s Huynh’s final piece in her collection–titled “Mother and Child,” meant to pay respect to the YWCA, which will benefit from the proceeds of AMF’s ticket sales–that we’re most excited to see.

The “mother” portion of the piece is a dress made out of fresh curly willow. The curly willow will be stripped and weaved to form layers of the dress, and 50 stems of white phalaenopsis orchids will be attached to the dress at random, “as if 300 white moths landed on the dress,” says Huynh. The floral frock will be modeled by another familiar face in the local wedding scene: Alfreda Tsai of Mood Events & Production.

Huynh’s daughter will play the role of the “child,” and will be dressed in a cape made from skeletal leaves, grey reindeer moss, white phalaenopsis blooms, crystals and diamonds, trailing three to four feet.

Needless to say, Huynh’s designs will be nothing short of spectacular. We’d kill to get our hot little hands on images or sketches of her designs, but the floral fashions are being kept under lock and key. We’ll just just have to attend AMF to see them for ourselves–and you will too! Good luck, Shelly–we can’t wait to see your couture creations!

For more information about AMF on October 15 and to purchase tickets, click here.

{Images: Zuzanna Audette}

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