My name is Resa McConaghy. I’m a Costume Designer for film and television.
My first Art Gown “Strawberry Kisses” was to create some beauty in my life after mom died. It was a hit with people, so I continued to make and post more “Art Gowns”.
At some early point, I began upcycling, repurposing and in general making the gowns out of any fabric that was not new goods. I was using up anything headed for landfill.
The “Art Gowns” tagline was “The Art of Glamorous Fantasy”. I have changed it to “SustainableGlamour”.
The Art Gowns are available to borrow or rent (situation dependant) for Gala’s, photo shoots and film production.
This article explains the Art Gowns nicely. Just click on the header below:
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These gowns of yours are stunning, wonderful, evocative, lovely. Thanks so much for sharing!
Thank you for the compliment and for coming to have a look! Each gown is a joy when to do!
your dresses are stunning – absolutely stunning!
Thank you so much. They are my favorite thing to do in life!
they are so beautiful – you are so incredibly talented.
You are very kind. I’m looking forward to seeing where this new Blog might go! 🙂
fabulous gowns…thank you for visiting!
your work is inspiring!
Hi my darling F-G-S — just getting over to see how your Art Gown blog is going — wow – so you will move into other garments here too — Oh my — i better get shopping for the poet blouses this weekend… could not find a perfect one – but maybe one or two to run by you. I have faith this “line” and blog showcase will be a masterpiece – as you are! Love Love Love to you – RL
So glad you are checking things out! I’m even thinking a man’s shirt in a softer, not stiff cotton. (No tuck/pleat in the back) I love the shirt tail effect over tights.I would cut off the top collar, leaving a band neck. I could do a boho inspired treatment with some paint and / or/ lace … a few beads perhaps? F-G-S – Resa xoxo (I’ll try some different sizes and cuts on this weekend)
An art gown blog. Terrific idea, Resa. Your gowns are beautiful. I’m signing up immediately…here I go… 🙂 🙂 🙂
Thanks Lori! You’re one of the reasons I love it out here in the Blogosphere! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Love your new blog!
Thanks Jenny! You rock! 🙂
You rock more.
Love the art gowns…
You are super talented..
Oh Thank you! I wish I had a business minded person to help me utilize my talent in the business world.
Maybe one day!
Nothing is impossible 😉
You can do it!
You are awesome!
I have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.
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thank you for the follow and stopping by 🙂 I look forward to seeing your wonderful creations. 🙂 *Brigid
Thank you as well! I love your site! _Resa 🙂
😀 thank you
😉 thank you
Hi – please check out my blog today – http://words4jp.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/a-cornucopia-of-appreciation/ – Yes, I have nominated you for an award and no you are not obligated to accept or acknowledge – it is just a thank you from me to you and a pay it forward:)
I can’t believe I missed this! I had gone away to work and did not get to blog much. Thank you for thinking of me! _Resa
Good lord, this work is beautiful, Resa! The concept, the astonishing staging and lightwork, and of course, the Art Gowns themselves. They are like something you find yourself in in a dream, one of those dreams that you just KNOW was REAL. Each one has its own magical spirit. I’m so glad you posted your link on GAM’s blog and lured me in with the Art Gowns’ siren song!
Thank you for your lovely comment! I love each Art Gown, and each one is special. 🙂 🙂
The energy you put into each one shows: they sing, telling their stories to the viewer. I hope you were serious about a gallery show (hopefully one in Vancouver, so I can go to it :-)). I think that’s a splendid idea. Can’t wait for the next one!
Thank you Camilla!! I’ve approached a few galleries, but no one’s biting, yet. The future is open! 🙂
You are quite creative and have a great eye.
Thank you, Frank!
What I really want is for my creativeness to help make a difference in this world.
“Art Gowns for Charity” is my vehicle. I hope caring people hitch a ride.
Let me ask you this.
If I designed for you an “Art Gown”, what would you do with it?
First of all, I wouldn’t wear it.;)
If I were to get one for my wife, she doesn’t wear sleeveless. Then again, she wouldn’t want one because we don’t attend functions of this of attire.
On the other hand, we do enjoy social ballroom dancing .. and do attend semi-formal ballroom dances.
Cool! I love watching ballroom dancing. Keep enjoying!
I would never have discovered your beautiful blog if it weren’t for Robyn. I am not the least bit talented in terms of artistry of any kind but I can certainly appreciate yours, Resa.
Robyn has that natural ability to bring people together. She is very special. ♥
My creations are a way of saying things, they are 3-dimensional words. Thank you for enjoying!
It took me a couple of days to find this message. My blog has been overwhelmed, in the best of ways.
Take care! _Resa xo
Hi Resa, thanks for following my blog, it’s an honor to follow you back. Congrats on all those beauties you have created.
Thank you, too!You have a beautiful blog!
Thanks for visiting and following my blog. I look forward to seeing your beautiful creations.
Thank you, and the same to you!
Most impressive Resa, happy you told me about your costume design site! Looking forward to all your next marvelous creations!
Thank you Eva! Many hugs and kisses to you! Oh, and have an amazing weekend!
Thank you Resa, same to you!
Resa, Federica here – hi! We met yesterday at the Ritz thanks to Norman, I just visited your blog and I am blown away, but I already knew it had to be fantastic because you are so stylish! I am going to post about your art gowns on my blog
How exciting that you visited my blog! Thank you for following, and the best part is you are on WP so I can go check out your blog, and follow you!
Coucou Résa comment allez vous …?!!!
Coucou …Bien! Et tu?
TU TU TU chapeau pointu…Je vais bien merci beaucoup …!!!
Hugs & Merci!!!
Resa I can’t believe I didn’t see your gown site before – I mean seriously? The collection is gorgeous, elegant, evocative and brilliant. Now I’m going to spend some time to really go through and enjoy. Glad you mentioned it to me.
You are the best! I am so loving being recognized by an artist, especially of your caliber. The show is going well, but is a lot of work, as is expected! Will be back soon, & with a vengeance!
You are very kind Resa – have a great week!!
Thank you for following Storyteller. — Ray
Resa, I love this idea. A poetry shirt!!! How fabulous.
Thank you for saying so. I like the poetry shirt idea, too. I did one for my friend Robyn. https://artgowns.com/2014/01/06/robyns-poetry-shirt/ I always toy with the idea of having an on line shop. I keep asking myself, but what would I sell? Poetry shirts …. that could be it!
Imagine, living in an era, or level of society where you could wear such gowns. Incredible !! 🙂
Thank you for following. Travel safe.
They do set off the imagination. One thing is for sure, you can’t do housework very easily in a gown. 🙂 You travel safe, as well
I just love the thought of my Tiger Mom wearing a gown like you design here on your website. Mnemosyne is one of my favorite goddesses and you do her justice with the gown designed in her name. Oh, and I think the jackets are fabulous. You or any other woman becomes sublime art by wearing your art.
What a lovely comment! Mnemosyne certainly is a special Goddess. If I hadn’t collaborated with Aquileana & Christy, I would have remained ignorant of the beauty, & this marvelous Art Gown would never have been created.
Thank you so much for visiting & all the likes! _Resa
It was my pleasure, Resa.
Hi Resa, thank you for visiting my blog. You have an incredible talent and your gowns are gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing more designs 🙂 – Faye
Thank you, Faye!
I always want to do another Art Gown asap, but work gets in the way. I appreciate your visit & kind words. 🙂 Resa
You’re welcome! I hope work gets out of the way soon so you can make another art gown, they’re so beautiful! 🙂 – Faye
Absolutely magnificent work.
Thank you very much! Your comment means a lot to me. I only get to do 2 or 3 Art Gowns a year. There’s currently a new one in development.
I have nominated your blog for the Real Neat Blog award.
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Hello Resa, I found you through Aquileana and your work is beautiful, so very beautiful. X
Thank you, Jane! I’m very glad you found your way here through Aquileana. Collaborating with other bloggers is my fave.
I only get the time to make about 3 …. 4 if lucky, Art Gowns a year. It’s a lot of satisfaction, and my aim is that the Art Gowns will become famous ambassadors for their charities. xx
Resa, I just don’t have the words to do justice to your Art Gowns. They are stunning… I am grateful to Aquileana for highlighting your creativity and connecting us. Xx
Your gowns are exquisite, Resa! Thank-you so much for following my blog.
Thank you. Clare. My Art Gowns are my creative release, and they arekind of like a family… a family of gowns. It is a pleasure to follow you!
You are very kind.
Wow, how creative! What a treat!
Thank you, Anarette!
I do appreciate your service!
You’re welcome, You deserve an appreciation!
I love your subject line under your blog’s name, ‘Creative Fantasy’. I think the wonderful dresses I see you designing are described perfectly by that phrase. Fashion is not really my thing. I know what I like. But you Rena have a gift! Good luck in your craft!
Thank you, and that is why I don’t sell my Art Gowns! They are not clothes, they are my art.
I appreciate that you see this. Thank you!
Forgive me then, to a new reader, what do you do with these works of art?
That is a good, and important question.
At first …say 3 or 4 Art Gowns, they were mostly pinned (craftily) then I took them apart, and recycled the fabrics.
Close friends and family were a bit freaked by this build and un-build idea of mine. So I began hand sewing them, and only pinning certain sections. I took them apart in …say …. 3 sections, put them in boxes in the basement.
To me it was all about the photos on the Judy. You know, like when musicians play music, it’s gone forever. Unless, someone records it.
NOW, I spend months and months making them. They are completely hand made, totally Haute Couture. That would be the last 4. I am working on #5 at this moment. So, 3 of the last 4 have been shot on humans, and can be worn again. These are stored in special bags upstairs.
The latest thing is I have begun sketching and painting (fashion art style) them using blog friends as models of sorts. It began with Boogapony Holly sketch. https://graffitiluxandmurals.com/2018/01/16/boogapony-holly/ I have a post coming up here on Art Gowns in about 2 weeks with 2 works of my Art Gowns.
As you can see, creativity is not my problem. How to capitalize on it, is!
Sorry for the long answer. LOL!! Thank you for asking!
Ty for the 411! I loved your answer! So you have never sold any? Never looked to sell any? We have done several museums lately, one was an art museum. And I can see them in there.
Isthere a museum link?
On my Blog? Go to the first Tourist in my home town post and click on the gibbes museum. We have also done a lot of old Museum home to and in each one will be life size portraits of the lady of the house wearing some very beautiful dresses as well I hope you like it
Although going through their website real quick, it is not real revealing if you know what I mean. They don’t show a lot of their exhibits but only glimpses.You might find more rich Antebellum dresses on my blog post from the pictures that I took their
A beautiful blog about what you wear.
Greetings from Poland
Thank you! Greetings from Canada!
Resa, I had no idea you were a costume designer for film and television! Wow! That’s awesome. Your creations are truly exquisite works of art! xo 🙂
Thank you! Yeah, it’s a very interesting career. Hopefully, one day my Art Gowns will become my career. xo 😀
You’re welcome! 😁 Hopefully it will! All the best to you, Resa! xo
I did not understand your question left on my Last minute Valentine Truffle recipe?
Did you have trouble with the truffle recipe? Or did you have problem trying to follow me on my other blog? https://wordpress.com/view/wannabetvchefoldblogposts.wordpress.com
You write on facebook if you like?
Your Truffle recipe is no trouble to follow. 😀
I went back to check your other blogs.You will see I clicked LIKE on a few posts.
On the Student Recipes blog, I can’t seem to FOLLOW the blog. There is the FOLLOW button on the lower right hand corner. It’s as though it’s frozen. It won’t work when I click on it. I tried a bunch of times today… I tried from home page, and from the permalink of a few posts. So, it still won’t work.
Perhaps you need to re-set it?
I’m not on Facebook! It frightens me. LOL!
It’s not the gowns that snag me, though the designs are luscious. It’s the fabrics that swirl, that drape, that hang and fold and cling, and above all,l it’s the movement, the ‘let-me-hug-you-ness of the textiles chosen. And, of course, the colours.
Aww, thank you so very much! The art Gowns aim to please, and it seems they have pleased you! Thank you for your wonderful comment!
Thank you for sharing photos of such wondeful gowns 🙂
Your welcome! I make them all by hand. 😀
Wow, that’s a double wow. Though I did make by hand years upon years ago. Sometimes that’s preferable to a machine. More control. And I love the feel of fabrics. But all that belongs to a previous incarnation (when I was young and nimble fingered). I admire your work, greatly.
Thank you so much! I’ll be starting the next Art Gown in January. She will be #22!
I am sure, you have not cats 😉
Your dresses are great. Be proud on your work, I am sure, you do it in a great way.
Thank you! 😀
Amazing… what a talent!
Thank you! Creativity makes my life good!
Do you wear your art too? They’re beautiful. Thanks for visiting and the follow.
I have worn my art. 😀
POETRY SHIRTS? I’d like to see some of those! Any of my poetry on them (unlikely!). I’m a friend–truly–of Holly Hunter’s You are as talented and creative as she said—and more! 😀
Thank you very much, Jonathan!
I want to make more poetry shirts. I need a venue to sell them!
Right now, I’m making a new Art Gown, and it will be dedicated to Holly. It’s all very exciting! 😀
To HOLLY? Can hardly wait, myself! 😀
I am about !/2 way through the Art Gown! Lots of sewing, as I make them 100% by hand. 😀
Wow—THAT’S AWESOME!!!!!!! :0)
I am doing a little tribute to women on my blog.
As you know, I have a large female following. What no one knows, is that many women follow me, but only have the nerve to reach out and comment via email. They are too shy or frightened to comment on my blog. Some of these women are trapped in bad marriages or have cheating husbands, others suffer violent relationships, and a few were molested during childhood.
I am hoping to use these next four months to introduce strong bloggers, and hopefully a few weak ones who have the courage. If I can introduce the strong females examples, perhaps it may help the weak and frightened. Yeah, I know, it sounds like a drean, but i am a dreamer.
Would it be okay for me to mention you and your blog on mine. You are a talented, inspiring woman. And I would be honored for you to say yes.
I mention my little tribute on today’s post. INspiring Women of WordPress.
I hope you say yes,
Thank you Sweetie.
Yes, of Course!
It sounds like a worthwhile project.
It’s difficult for me to imagine a woman being afraid, or trapped by a man, or circumstance.
Of course now I think of how women are treated in the Middle East….. man and circumstance at its lowest.
Still, in first world countries like ours, there’s almost no excuse.
Many women need more self confidence, and many men need to open their eyes and minds and get with it. Lonely, I see men as the main problem. I have been raped.
However, empowering women is a great beginning.
Why am I always feeling as if I have to apologize for the rest of my stupid brothers?
Sorry, anything like this ever happened to you. You are too sweet, beautiful, and amazing to have memories like this.
I really wish I could hug you. xoxo
Thank you for your yes. It means a lot to me. I will try to write a great post and intro
the day I highlight your blog.
Thank you Precious.
Aww, thank you! You are very sweet.
There are wonderful men out there (like you), less than more.
I look back…. waaaaayyyyyy back, lol. I was a teenage runaway, living on the streets and at its mercy (less). One day a band… musicians took me in. I made their performance clothes. They were kind to me, and we were all kind of crazy. So, that experience led me to my design career. There were hardships after that, but the point is…. it was all men in the band.
It seems to me creativity is/can be a way, a path to a higher understanding.
Make Art Not War
Art and creativity is the answer to many ills in this world. Love will do that, too.
You have had such a fascinating life. You really have stories to tell.
Mark Art Not War
😘😉First time I drank champagne was with the band Santana.
Make Art Not War
Oh, you were stomping with the big dawgs.
Not always, but my adoration of musicians, artists, poets, thespians, etc. lead me to some interesting situations with artists.
You’ve just caused a happy flood in my mind.
Smiling so hard.
Well then, love everything about this blog. I would wear a Picasso inspired gown from the latest post..if I was still doing drag 😉
Fantastic reel!!– and that was you doing the singing, too, right?? 😊
No… that was a girlfriend of mine. My Hubby wrote all of the music this song and all other songs on the album it comes from. He also produced the album! Thank you, Mark!
Whoa!– you guys are clearly a Power Couple! Well done to both of you!! 👍 😊
Oh… shucks! Thank you!!! 👍 😊👍 😊
Timothy introduced me to your world, and I love it! Your work is beautiful, I’m glad I visited your site. I didn’t manage to subscribe, something went wrong, but I will come back.
My name is Fariha, I am from India, and i absolutely adore your work. My school conducts an annual programme where we interview various artists and designers and their journey, it would be absolutely fantastic to have you on board for this event. Let me know if you are interested (:
Yes, I am interested. Tell me more! What school, what city? Ages of students? Did you see my professional website? https://resamcconaghy.com/
Delhi Public School Whitefield, Bangalore, India. OH WOW! your professional website is amazing! It would be our pleasure to host you however we don’t have anymore vacancies for the event, I’ll talk to my teacher and get back to you (:
I am super glad that you reached out, and its an absolute pleasure to know you!
Your gowns are absolutely gorgeous!