Welcome to Free Spirit Culture.
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“To Whomever! Evey is great!” ~ Betsey Johnson
When I was in kindergarten, my teacher, told my parents that I march to the beat of my own drum.
I have always been intrigued by twinkling lights, from fireworks to fireflies, and bio-luminescent lights sparkling on the beach at night. Disneyland’s Electrical Parade, opened my eyes to the possibilities of dreams and imagination as a child.
Color has also lit me up. Bright colors, rainbows, mixing colors, playing with colors, coloring outside the lines. Jackson Pollock. All of it.
When I was about 10 years old, my grandmother taught me how to sew and helped me design and make my own clothes by combining treasures I found at local thrift stores. One thing led to another, and without even knowing how to sew, I began getting hired as a wardrobe stylist for commercials, photo shoots, and music videos.
I always considered wearable art my hobby. I never imagined charging for my creative expression/passion. And so I took the SAT’s, ended up majoring in Anthropology, and graduated from UCLA. Not sure what I’d do with a degree in Cultural Anthropology, I just loved how it opened my eyes to the world.
I’m a total introvert, but people fascinate me. Cultures, tribes, religions, the foods they eat, the dancing, the songs, the crazy ways of living, and the way people dress! that might be different or the same as the way I was raised.
I grew up Jewish, and consider myself very spiritual, but never fit into a particular group. I follow all the rules, traditions, and cultural norms that make sense to me. I don’t feel the need to label myself within any particular sect.
There are practices that belong to other religions, cultures, and philosophies that I find inspiring. I may dance and throw rainbow powder with the Hare Krishnas, and wait for hours to get a hug from a Saint, but at the end of the day I am a Jewish grandchild of Holocaust Survivors, deeply connected to my heritage and roots.
I love nature, and care about the environment, and often dream of setting all the animals free from the factory and fur farms.
I don’t fit in any political box. I care about the issues that matter to me, and no party sums me up.
I believe were all connected. All souls. All beings. All people, animals, nature, past and present. I believe kindness and compassion are important always, regardless of what labels you put on yourself or others.
I’m curious. I’ve taken trains across the country, just to see who rides it, what they have to say, and the way people live and dress on all sides of the tracks.
I bought every magazine ever made by FRUITS, just so I could tear out the pages and plaster them all over my walls, because Japanese street fashion, especially on the streets of Harajuku, is fantastic.
I backpacked through Europe and fell in love with the fashion styles I saw in Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona, and when I got back to LA, I decided to design my first collection for a fashion show that I coordinated to raise funds and awareness for Aids Project Los Angeles. I was truly limited in my sewing skills at the time, so my amazing grandmother helped me construct every garment and accessory that the models wore that night!
Afterwards, I wanted to learn how to make amazing dresses, so I got this idea to try to meet my idol, Betsey Johnson, and learn from her because I’ve always admired her whimsical feminine style. So I moved out of my apartment, put my two mutts in the car, and drove all the way from Los Angeles to New York, where I landed an internship directly with Betsey and her design team. It was a dream come true, and I still feel like I need to pinch myself because I can’t believe that I was so lucky to learn from and work with my idol.
In New York, Betsey Johnson taught me how to “dye.” I became her personal dye girl. I figured out how to achieve so many different looks with how the pigment absorbed into the fibers of the fabric. I went to fashion school, and learned everything I could about molding fabric and draping and how to stitch and sew and cut and pin, and make and follow patterns, and do it all from the ground up. I landed a sweet internship at a Hollywood Costume House, where I had the honor of being part of a team where we hand made garments worn by major celebrities like Nicki Minaj, Brittany Spears, Iggy Azalea, Fergie, and Cher, just to name a few. I learned how to shape foam and create awesome things like Katy Perry’s famous cupcake bra that she wore in the music video California Girl’s.
I also landed a crazy awesome gig at Western Costume, where I was in charge of organizing the library of iconic costumes, including Dorothy’s Red Slippers!!! I got to hold all these incredible garments in my hands, and study every stitch, every thread, until I felt confident enough in my own skills to open my doors and started getting my own jobs as a seamstress for the Avant Garde Cirque performance troupe, Lucent Dossier.
I began to wonder why weddings had to be white. I wondered why such a special day couldn’t be more personal to the bride, to her way of life, passions, interests.
And so I decided to set out on a journey of authenticity. To help brides, be authentically themselves on their wedding day. I wanted to figure out a way to tie in the magical, soul burning, jaw dropping, adventure filled feelings of their life, and infuse their gowns with light and color and make it sentimental, totally special, full of personality.
I began designing couture wedding gowns for offbeat, rock n’ roll, alternative, and non-traditional brides.
I bought myself a soldering iron, and read and researched and took classes and attended seminars to learn everything I could about LED’s, wires, battery operation and fiber optic filament, and before long, I began weaving my own delicate light up fabrics. I made it my mission to figure out how to make transforming/convertible dresses, the perfect two-in-one gown so that the dress can be traditional and classic for the ceremony, with the wires and lights completely hidden, and then with the flip of a switch, turns on the lights, signalling the start of the festivities.
Making light up and rainbow wedding dresses is the culmination of everything I love and live for. This includes standing up for animal rights (because I refuse to use silk), and getting to create beautiful and meaningful wearable art, while helping people have fun and be themselves, feel great, stand out, and shine. I love mixing tradition with show stopping aesthetics, and redefining the boundaries of fashion.
Some brides know exactly what they want, they’ve imagined it in their minds, but now they need someone to bring their dream dress to life. I am so grateful to get to help them realize their dreams!!! To me, the most amazing feeling is when I get to see my work come to life on the girl I made it for.
The priceless reaction of a bride falling in love with her dress, is my absolute favorite part of what I do.
My journey with fashion has been pretty rad. My crazy road trip to NY, working with Betsey Johnson, dressing celebrities, camping out with artists at Music Festivals, and getting to watch my work light up on stage, under the sea, at an exclusive celebrity studded SOHO House or at an MTV Award Show. My gowns have had greater adventures than I have! They’ve rode in hot air balloons, swam with sharks and beluga whales, and have been featured in Huffington Post Weddings, Rock N Roll Bride, Rebellious Bride, Offbeat Bride, Green Wedding Shoes, and European Fashion and Wedding Magazines, and TV stations from Los Angeles to Finland. In recent years Reality TV show production companies have contacted me to create a show about me and my one-of-a-kind dresses.
If you’re interested in seeing my light up or rainbow wedding dresses, here is my website.
“To Whomever! Evey is great!” ~ Betsey Johnson
“We’ve been working with Evey for many years now and she always brings such creativity and quality to the table. She’s absolutely unique. We just adore her.”
“Evey is such a talented designer and fashionista. Her work is vibrant and eclectic and Evey creates true “wearable art”. She is known for her light up, electrical and fiber optic gowns, as well as her vibrantly colored and ombre wedding dresses, making the average model stand out among the rest. Her taste (pun intended) is unique and ever so creative, combining food, colors, and lights in never before seen styles. To top it off, her designs come with a great attitude and incredible energy on set. Evey is a pleasure to work with and I love being able to document her innovative ideas!
As a destination wedding, adventure photographer I am always looking to push the envelope with my photographs and I am always trying to do styled shoots that have a theme behind them. I am always seeking out inspiration for my photography outside of the wedding industry in not only fashion, but tech news, science and through my travels. I recently went to the Burning Man Festival in Nevada and I was in LOVE with the way the desert took on another form and the “energy” shifted once the sun set and the LED lights and costumes came to life. There, everyone is told to bring tons of LED lights to pin to your clothing, mainly to save you from getting run down in the dark by a giant mutant art car in the pitch blackness of the desert at night.
As a Burning Man virgin and not knowing where to begin procuring glow in the dark clothing, I called upon Evey Rosenbloom (www.eveyclothing.com), an amazing wedding dress designer that creates true “wearable art”. She is known for her light up, electrical, LED and fiber optic gowns and she also has made dresses out of pages of books, toys, and even perishable materials such as flowers or cupcakes! She quickly made three wedding dresses for me to wear at Burning Man and it sparked a whole epiphany for me as a photographer.
When I shoot a wedding the look and feel of my images and how I light them changes drastically from day time to nighttime, just like the crowd’s mood at Burning Man or even a wedding. Something shifts in all of us as human beings when day turns to night and it was amazing how the costumes during the day, morphed into a carnival of light at night. Evey loved this idea as well and designed dresses that looked amazing for a day time wedding, (one of her designs took her 3 weeks to make and was made from crushed crystals and mirrors with a chest plate made from a mold) and then at night lights up from within and had an LED petticoat. The attention these dresses got drew crowds literally like moths to a flame and created a beautiful glow of light, ethereal for any photographer to capture. What a unique and perfect way for a bride to kick her reception up a notch, by turning on her LED Wedding dress to signal the start of the festivities.
“Laura Grier is the Indiana Jones of adventure, travel, and destination wedding photography.”
“Any time I think of custom made dresses or need to refer a bride that is looking to have a dress made, I refer them to Evey. She is unique in her designs and is so willing to step outside of the standards. I had Evey custom make the most gorgeous dress for an ethereal wedding shoot. Needless to say, I have worn the dress so many times for different shoots because it is so stunning. I receive compliments on it each time as it is so unique and was really created with me in mind. Evey does this with all of her clients as her custom designs are out of this world. Her recycled or lit dresses always are show stoppers and she, on top of all of this, is humble, kind and thoughtful. I still want to invest in a small line of dresses similar to what she created for me and that investment is solely inspired by Evey and her incredible talents. Thank you Evey for sharing your talents with us.”
I’ve known Evey for about 6 years now and her creativity blew me away. Her passion and thrive in her work drew me into her world. The carousel dress with the glass horse was over the top amazing. She brought me on to her projects as hair and makeup artist and she believed in me so much. I couldn’t ask for a better friend and collaborator. I always feel encouraged to be myself and to offer up my ideas. I’ve loved working with her and creating with her. God only knows where it will take us next. The doors Evey has opened to me are adventurous and wondrous. I’m so grateful for Evey and her vision for her craft. I cant wait for future projects and fun memories we will create together as a team. To more rainbow bright themed shoots and candy land hair for weddings. 😉 Cheers to you, Evey.
It’s clear Evey is on top of her game. Not only is she extremely organized and efficient when it comes to her business, but her clothes are some of the best I’ve seen in her genre.
It’s a refreshing splash of color that I think every girl needs in her life! I use her items for photo shoots as well as day wear. If you want to stand out in a crowd like I do, Evey’s line is a sure fire way to be seen!
Evey’s clothing screams personality. Every lace, ruffle, and stitch is completely saturated with a youthful, fun, and edgy vibrance. Evey makes its own cultural statement for those who aren’t afraid to rock a funky individualism while also looking absolutely adorable. Twisting the artistic sense of underground and alternative fashion with a sort of Barbie-like cuteness, Evey has created her own pop-art world.
I contacted Evey because I wanted a light up veil for my elopement. She took a genuine, excited interest in what I wanted down to every last detail. I was able to be involved however much I wanted, but I also didn’t have to be in charge because she is super trustworthy, reliable, and communicative. Evey made me something wonderfully unique and sparkly, AND was available to answer all my bride-to-be questions along the way, no matter how silly or small. She was available to coach me on how to best put it on, with Face Time, and she even followed up after to see how it went. The fiber optics worked great, it was exactly what I wanted, and it was so fun to work with her. Really, I’m so grateful. I’m a lucky girl. Highly reccommend working with Evey!!