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Tie-Dye For

Friday, July 19th, 2013

By Sara Driscoll

A groovy '70s trend, a beloved childhood craft, and now the signature print of a high-end fashion line, the world of tie-dye has been revolutionized and recently revitalized by designer Shabd Simon-Alexander.

Simon-Alexander is an internationally renowned dye artist with a background in fine arts. Her self-titled clothing line, "Shabd," is produced in New York City's garment district, and all fabrics are dyed by hand in her Brooklyn studio. The line is carried in high-end boutiques and museums worldwide.

She has collaborated with various designers, organizations and artists, including a design collaboration with Baggu, a custom tote bag for the Whitney Museum, and a collaboration with the artist Georgia Sagri on an installation for the 2012 Whitney Biennial.

Interested in learning her tricks of the trade? Simon-Alexander teaches hand-dyeing, tie-dye, shibori, and color theory classes in New York, and was the first person to show Martha Stewart how to tie-dye. She has also thrown tie-dye parties and large-scale crash-course workshops in Los Angeles and New York. 

If you can't make it to her fast filling classes and workshops, have no fear. Simon-Alexander published her first book, Tie-Dye It, Wear It, Share It, in June. With 22 step-by-step projects for garments, accessories, and home decor items, this book will have you creating dresses, leggings, scarves, and tees dyed to perfection.

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