"Surrean," the name of Rachael Rhodes' clothing line, says surreal and serene in one elegant word. Her eye-catching club/fetish-styled corsets, skirts and other forms of clothing have been popping up in fashion shows in such eclectic venues as Radio Radio, the Melody Inn and last year's Erotic Arts Masquerade Ball. Jada Naylor models the work of Rachael Rhodes' "Surrean" line during a show at the Melody Inn.
And to think it all started when she was young.
"My mom would buy me something from the Gap and the next morning I'd come down for school and she'd be like, 'Where'd you get that shirt!' And it was the shirt she'd gotten me, I'd ripped it apart and put it back together again ... [My interest] really started in Philly, being in the scene and not being able to afford the clothes I wanted, so I made them myself, and it grew from there."
Now she works in fashion shows, one-of-a-kind custom pieces and the occasional consignment. Her prices range from $60-$120 for her tulle skirts, and upwards of $300 for corsets.
"My main items are corsets, but I also work a lot with very feminine fabrics, things that really drape well and show off the feminine figure," Rhodes said. "This year I plan to be working with some harsher fabrics, but still making them drape and flow against the feminine figure ... I don't do a lot of conservative designs, and if I do something a little more traditional, I throw something else out there with it."
She likes the idea of her work allowing people to show off a part of themselves they can't necessarily indulge in during their day jobs.
"I see myself as a very sensualist person," Rhodes said. "We have it all in us, it's something that's very healthy, and fashion is a way of exhibiting that, showing that side of us."
For more information check out www.surrean.com.