A brief history of the Book Brooch

Mulberry Chronicles original Book Brooch design

New Mulberry Chronicles accessories have arrived at Chiffon Rose including signature Book Brooches. The designer shared a little background into the history and development of this design:



I thought you might like to know a bit about how the Book Brooch idea came about and evolved. From 2012-2014 my illustration focused in gouache painting and prismacolour (rough concept paintings dated 2014 - top left). Japanese brands were releasing beautiful library prints and I was incredibly inspired. 

Following this I started testing out a fabric print which went to swatch stage in early 2015 (top right). It featured falling books with titles including “Natural History of the World” and the Rabbit Scholar🐰 It was my first print illustrating digitally with a little wacom bamboo tablet and a very slow laptop. I showed it to my friends, family and other designers in the area and decided that there was not enough detail being captured by the equipment or fabric for it to go ahead. I decided to keep testing the idea in accessory form (bottom left) with many bubbly and mutant trials and errors (although I still want to try a Poe and mustard book!). The finished product released under “The Royal Library” collection that June. I later upgraded to a Cintiq drawing tablet and brand new speedy computer! 

This allowed a lot more brush strokes to register creating a finished product with more depth and character (middle bottom row). The theme continued with more titles and colourways. Better, faster equipment and experience allowed me to play around more with the book covers and details 

In summary, the design is a reminder of the wonder and magic of books as well as a little symbol of my journey as an illustrator over the past few years. πŸ“š

Thankyou for reading! We can't wait to share more book related designs with you! 


Adventures at SMASH! Sydney 2016


Last weekend the Chiffon Rose/Mulberry Chronicles team travelled to Sydney for SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show. We packed up our accessories, specially made Antique Book, The Woodland Path and Fox in the Woods garments, selections from Chiffon Rose stock and headed north! The images below tell the story of our interstate adventure.

Our Artists Alley table was situated in the fast-growing fashion section. Our table decor and new packaging reflected our brand colours: emerald green and pink.


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Mulberry Chronicles Treasures and Tokimeki pendants at the 'Chiffon Rose' section

Mulberry Chronicles otome kei novelty illustrated brooches made in melbourne
New accessories including the 'Royal Library Key' brooch made its debut at SMASH! (Released online August 5, 2016)

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Fun times at our Artists Alley table!
Models Laura, Aurelia and Coco wore Mulberry Chronicles dresses at the fashion show on Saturday afternoon. They stopped by our table before meeting at the stage. 

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Laura with her antique Pride and Prejudice book.
Mulberry Chronicles otome kei novelty illustrated brooches made in melbourne
Coco looking lovely in The Woodland Path jumperskirt in the 'Glacial Lake' colourway

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Aurelia's gorgeous Antique Book coordinate 

We had so much fun at SMASH! Thankyou so much to our Sydney friends for their support and company.

We will leave you with coordinates from our SMASH! customers as well as Mulberry maidens from abroad! 



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Thanks for reading! We can't wait to share more whimsical treasures with you!  

Pop up shop: SMASH! 2016


SMASH! 2016 Artists Alley Table 63 Mulberry Chronicles

We are so excited to participate in SMASH! again this year. Click here to see pictures from SMASH! 2015. Please join us at table #63! You can also be the first to own dresses from our sold out Antique Book collection and more...

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Three sleeps to go! You can purchase a ticket to SMASH! here.  We can't wait to see you!

Antique Book Coordinates

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Dear Reader, the final touches have been made to our new collection. Reservations open tomorrow Friday 5th August at 9am AEST. Step in to the library and surround yourself with ornate books and well-read favourites. 


"Antique Book" is available in three vibrant colourways:

"ROYAL EDITION" (Navy)


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"BELOVED STORY" (Bordeaux) 

mulberry chronicles book print otome kei cute vintage inspired fashion

"ANTIQUE EMERALITE" (Dark Green)

mulberry chronicles book print otome kei cute vintage inspired fashion

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow Friday 5th August at 9am AEST for "Antique Book" as well as an accessory restock and pre-order.  Please contact us if you have any questions. 

Brilliant Emerald

Mulberry Chronicles otome kei cute illustrated fashion brand


Mulberry Chronicles new logo launches Tuesday 5th July, 9AM AEST. To celebrate, our 'Fox in the Woods' series returns in a limited edition colourway - "Brilliant Emerald"

Mulberry Chronicles Fox in the Woods Brilliant Emerald Novelty Print Otome Kei Cute Fashion


Features

Mulberry Chronicles Fox in the Woods Brilliant Emerald Novelty Print Otome Kei Cute Fashion


Presenting: The Leaping Fox 


Mulberry Chronicles Fox Enamel Pin Otome Kei Cute Fashion

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This sweet creature is an original design by Mulberry Chronicles. With a slight mischievous smile, he takes a playful leap amongst the autumn leaves. With this pin, you take the spirit of fairytales and the woodlands wherever you wander. 

Features 

  • Luminous gold, rust and charcoal tones match most shades of clothing. This pin looks particularly lovely against cream, navy, wine, red, mint, emerald, white and black 
  • The cute, intricate design also sits nicely on both casual and dressed up outfits 
  • Enamel facade is durable and completely waterproof for long lasting use 
  • Retails at $12 AUD/~$9 USD

Our new logo and treasures launch Tuesday 5th July 2016 at 9am AEST. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow! Please contact us if you have any questions.

The Woodland Path - "Faerie"



"Faerie" is the final addition to The Woodland Path Jumperskirt series. It is a soft rose-pink printed on thick, lustrous cotton. 

My favourite way to coordinate any colourway from this series features a red cardigan or bolero as shown below. The dress form is also wearing a Malco Modes 582 Petticoat to create a flattering a-line silhouette. 

Tokimeki teikoku no momoiro Gabriel and Mulberry Chronicles Outfit

Mulberry Chronicles otome kei cute fashion outfit with Tokimeki teikoku no momoiro Gabriel rabbit key pendant

Faerie works well with other soft shades of pink and cream too.  The little rabbit key pendant can be found at Chiffon Rose's Gabriel Tokimeki collection.

Mulberry Chronicles otome kei cute fashion outfit with Tokimeki teikoku no momoiro Gabriel rabbit key pendant

I also discovered some wonderful Lolita fashion, vintage and casual outfits on instagram (featured below)

Elegant, Lolita-fashion-inspired Elzi_libbu  πŸ’•

The Woodland Path Faerie Jumperskirt Otome Kei cute fashion

Charming and vintage-inspired Bububun πŸ’•

The Woodland Path Faerie Jumperskirt Otome Kei worn by Bububun

Very cute and casual Nikinapalm πŸ’•

The Woodland Path Faerie Jumperskirt Otome Kei

Thankyou for sharing these wonderful outfits! Please do continue to share using #mulberrychronicles on instagram, tumblr or facebook πŸ’•


Fox in the Woods Customer Feedback and Coordinates


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Thankyou so much for your support for our Fox in the Woods release! We discovered some forest princesses unboxing and wearing their dresses over the past few weeks. Below are a few snapshots of their first impressions and outfits. The series is still available via our first physical store stockist - Kanga Kanga. The first two images show shop assistant Belle coordinating the 'Gardenia' colourway in a classic Lolita Fashion style.

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mulberry chronicles fox in the woods release kanga kanga otome kei cute fashion illustration novelty print melbourne

I love the way Belle ties in gold and floral accents.





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I love the way bububun mixes patterns and colours in her outfits! She also left us some wonderful feedback:


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Mulberry Chronicles Fox in the Woods Coordinate
Coordinate by nise-murasaki.tumblr.com
My coordinate: 




Another Fox in the Woods outfit I put together at HQ:


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Also pictured: our original book brooch design released June 2015. The dress form is also wearing a Malco Modes 582 petticoat which creates a fuller silhouette.

And a spring themed outfit featuring the 'Gardenia' colourway:


We also discovered some amazing outfits with our Forest Cottage accessory series (part 1)






Your support and comments really mean a lot to me! Thankyou for wearing and sharing your outfits. Your feedback has a real impact on Mulberry Chronicles as a small brand, and I truly appreciate the effort taken to provide feedback on social media and privately. I can't wait to share more cute items with you. 


Written by Kavya
Mulberry Chronicles


Mulberry Chronicles presents "Fox in the Woods"

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The wildlife biologist observes a beautiful red fox amongst wild teasel plants deep in the woodlands. She documents the fox in its natural habitat in a well-worn sketchbook with her trusty black ink pen.
Dear Readers, presenting a new garment series by our in-house brand Mulberry Chronicles: "Fox in the Woods" arriving Thursday 18th February at 10AM AEDT
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Mulberry Chronicles Fox in the Woods otome kei lolita fashion vintage illustrated dress melbourne novelty print jfashion kawaii
Mulberry Chronicles Fox in the Woods otome kei lolita fashion vintage illustrated dress melbourne novelty print jfashion kawaii
Mulberry Chronicles Fox in the Woods otome kei lolita fashion vintage illustrated dress melbourne novelty print jfashion kawaii

SIZE GUIDE 
"Size 1"  Bust: (up to) 84cm, Waist: (up to) 67cm, Skirt length: ~52cm, Dress length: ~93cm
"Size 2" Bust: 89cm, Waist: 72cm, Skirt length: ~54cm, Dress length: ~94cm
"Size 3" Bust: 95cm, Waist: 77cm, Skirt length: ~55cm, Dress length:~96cm
"Size 4" Bust: 100cm, Waist: 86cm, Skirt length: ~55cm, Dress length: ~97cm
Custom size for bust measurements between 100-120cm
Note: The most important measurement is the bust as the fabric does not stretch. The dress should still fall nicely if you are equal to or below the waist measurement of your preferred size. Also factor in if you want to wear a blouse underneath the jumperskirt. 
This garment can be styled as a regular sundress, in Japanese street fashion styles such as otome-kei and lolita fashion as well as vintage fashion. The sturdy fabric and elegant pleats create a beautiful, flattering silhouette with or without a petticoat worn underneath. 
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 18th February at 10AM AEST.