Haute couture fashion designer Kenneth D. King wears a coat he made for himself out of a Kilim rug he once received as a gift. (Jack Deutsch)
Ever wish you knew how to successfully design and construct your own garments? And ever dream of learning at the hands of an exceptionally talented New York-based haute couture fashion designer? Well, dream no more. Your wish can come true at Haberman Fabrics the weekend of March 7-9, when Kenneth D. King, known for his fine detailed sewing, shares a few of his tricks of the trade.
Toby Haberman, owner of the popular high-end fabric store in Royal Oak, says, “Kenneth instills creative confidence and provides the tools to open our minds and guide our hands to explore and achieve.”
King, who custom designed numerous pieces for English singer, songwriter, composer and pianist Elton John, including an elaborately embellished hat, first started sewing at age 4, making clothes for his “Barbie.” Speaking by phone from New York, King says, “My Barbie was not a teenager. She lived in a big city and went to the theater, and she only owned evening gowns.”
After a period of doing window displays for major department stores, including Macy’s, King started his own business in 1983, and was able to quit his job in 1987 and go full-time with Kenneth D. King Design, creating custom work for such big names as actors Geena Davis, Cloris Leachman and Don Johnson, and also singer James Ingram, among others.
King, a contributing editor with Threads magazine since 2006, says he met Haberman at one of the American Sewing Expos in Novi, where he taught several classes. His first workshop at Haberman Fabrics will offer something entirely different from what he taught at the expo.
As an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, King advises those interested in fashion design to first learn garment construction. He notes, “Any student who comes to that school and knows construction is miles ahead.”
Kenneth D. King Getaway Weekend schedule
Friday: 6-9 p.m., $50 (maximum 50 guests, all ability levels)
Trunk show, lecture/slide presentation: “Demystifying the Creative Process”
Includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres
Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: $125 (maximum 50 guests)
Lecture/slide/demo: morning and afternoon customizing jackets with lapel design and construction
Includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, group dinner at a Royal Oak restaurant
Sunday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: $50 (maximum 50 guests)
Lecture/slide/demo: “Bustier/Strapless Garments” (great for costume/evening wear designers and home sewers)
Includes continental breakfast
For more detailed information, or to register, visit www.habermanfabrics.com.
Haberman Fabrics is at 905 S. Main, Royal Oak. Call (248) 541-0010.
Detroit News Staff Writer Jocelynn Brown is a longtime Metro Detroit crafter. For more news and giveaways, visit her blog at detroitnews.com/crafts. You can reach her at (313) 222-2150.