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Help me create more artistic designs to share with the world and launch my work into professional production!

WE MADE OUR GOAL!!

Thanks to all those who supported or backed me we did it! Now I want us to do more!

30% of additional proceeds after the $8000 mark will go to art education foundation Inner-City Arts!! :) More information at www.inner-cityarts.org

To keep up with me and see more of my work visit: www.michellehebert.com

About Michelle Hébert

Michelle Hébert is a luxury evening wear brand that intertwines art with fashion to create captivating ethereal designs. The brand's designs are appreciated widely for their aesthetic appeal and the designer herself for her passion within her craft. On the surface designs by Michelle Hebert are seen as elegant, flattering, and romantic, but when people delve deeper they notice finer details in the creation of each piece. Each piece is the product of meticulous attention to quality, imaginative concepts, and in simpler terms: a different kind of beauty.

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Why Kickstarter?

How do I put this lightly...This is my PASSION, I have loved the arts since I could hold a crayon to paper and have dreamed of being a fashion designer since the age of 10

I am now 22 years old, but I have accomplished only part of that dream, having slowly established myself as an artist and designer, but it's only the beginning and I am ready to push forward.

Part of that dream is producing my first collection professionally and focusing on making artistic pieces. Until now I have been running a one-person-show, which was fine for awhile... but now it’s time to take it to the next level and I cannot do it alone.


Where Will My Money Go?

This is a BIG dream, and it's bigger than my wallet. I need every cent to create a line of designs produced in Los Angeles, California USA.

I would professionally produce multiple units of at minimum 5 styles (3 ready-to-wear pieces and 2 evening wear designs). The existing patterns would be taken to a production facility with skilled workers who would make adjustments, computerize the patterns, develop multiple sizes, and eventually produce the pieces in a small batch of units for showroom and retail sale. I would also have enough money to purchase materials to produce THREE NEW ARTISTIC DESIGNS.

Although this will not propel my line into full production, this step is vital in reaching that even larger goal. With items ready to be manufactured I can run off more as demand increases. Right now I only have my patterns in one size, and I have only one full-time sewer (me).

AND with having my pieces in production, this would free up more of my time, which can then be spent creating artistic pieces similar to my twig dress, feather gown, paper-mache dress, and my 'fire' inspired series of pieces!

Photography by: Brooke Shaden | Alex Stoddard | Gil Cope
Photography by: Brooke Shaden | Alex Stoddard | Gil Cope

Here is a Further Breakdown of Where the Money Will Go

($'s represent where majority of money will be used): 

1) Pattern Making, Sizing, & Tech Packs - $$$
2) Samples - $$
3) Sewing and Production - $$$
4) Clothing Labels, Hang-tags - $
5) Packaging & Shipment - $
6) Materials/resources for THREE New Art Designs - $$$

7) IN THE EVENT OF THE GOAL BEING SURPASSED... Extra money would be funneled into producing more styles, more designs, renting a studio space, & funding for MORE artistic pieces!! 

**I would base one of the Art Designs on an OPEN SOCIAL MEDIA VOTE at the halfway mark of the goal!**

Who can decide? YOU can decide! :) 

Why Invest in Michelle Hébert?

I am bringing something new to the world.

I design as an exploration of beauty, making attempts to create it through unexpected ways.

This is most prevalent in my artistic creations, but every design I create is a reflection of what I find visually appealing, uncommon, and intriguing. 

However, I also design with the wearer in mind and aim to make pieces that leave an impression, and become a part of each person's life in a memorable way. 

Each and every time that one of my designs is a part of someone's day, it is a huge honor-- my goal is to make those moments unforgettable. I am always reminded of the impact I can make with my work when my clients, family, friends, and supporters express excitement and happiness.

What Will YOU Get?

Asides from the amazing rewards you would receive, if this Kickstarter succeeds my designs will be able to be distributed in actual locations as well as online in multiple sizes (next will be multiple colors). Right now all I can manage is one dress at a time.

If this Kickstarter succeeds and SURPASSES the goal, I will have the ability to produce more designs, & create MORE artistic pieces!

This Kickstarter is the step I need for wider distribution of my designs so that within the next few years my pieces will be more accessible and purchasable!

And with my pieces produced opposed to sewn one-by-one by yours truly, I can design more and develop the creative pieces I really want to make!

With all that said, I hope you will help me by making a donation (any amount counts!) and I thank you for showing interest in my work :)

My fingers are crossed that I am able to bring you more designs very soon! 

Thank you again!

-Michelle

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CONTRIBUTORS 

Michelle Hébert 
www.michellehebert.com
www.facebook.com/MichelleHebertFashion 

Devin Schiro - Cinematographer
www.devinschiro.com
www.facebook.com/devinschirophotographer 

Brooke Shaden - Fine Art Photographer
www.brookeshaden.com
www.facebook.com/brookeshadenphotography 

Alex Stoddard - Fine Art Photographer
www.alex-stoddard.com
www.facebook.com/alexstoddardphotography 

Aileen Luib - Fashion Photographer
www.aileenluibphotography.com
www.facebook.com/aileenluibphotography

Denise Salceda - Graphic Designer
www.greyscarfdesigns.com
www.facebook.com/greyscarfdesigns

Krislam Chin - Graphic Designer
www.krislamchin.com
www.linkedin.com/krislamannechin 
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THE REWARDS

Photography by: Heather Molina
Photography by: Heather Molina
'Fox' 2012 by Michelle Hébert
'Fox' 2012 by Michelle Hébert
Sketches by Michelle Hébert
Sketches by Michelle Hébert
'Wolf' 2012 by Michelle Hébert - *not framed & sample image
'Wolf' 2012 by Michelle Hébert - *not framed & sample image
Illustrations by Michelle Hébert
Illustrations by Michelle Hébert
"After the ashes." by Alex Stoddard
"After the ashes." by Alex Stoddard
"Floating in Dreams" by Brooke Shaden
"Floating in Dreams" by Brooke Shaden
Photography by: Mario Barberio
Photography by: Mario Barberio
"The Keeper's Keep" by Brooke Shaden
"The Keeper's Keep" by Brooke Shaden
Photography by: Mario Barberio | Aileen Luib | Norm Lao
Photography by: Mario Barberio | Aileen Luib | Norm Lao
"Floating in Dreams" & "The Keeper's Keep" by Brooker Shaden
"Floating in Dreams" & "The Keeper's Keep" by Brooker Shaden
Photography by: Heather Molina
Photography by: Heather Molina
Photography by: Gil Cope
Photography by: Gil Cope

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Where I see problems arising would be achieving proper fit and construction of the garments I out-source to contractors in Los Angeles. This could potentially slow production as the garments would need to be adjusted, but this is fixable with time.

Really the biggest issue would be delays in manufacturing, and this is a problem that can be solved, it is just a bit of a bummer if it happens!

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    #1 - A WARM THANK YOU! :-) you will receive a Thank you email full of lots of my gratitude and love with a digital sketch included! What I will draw nobody knows (but it will be awesome and appropriate for all ages)

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    #2 - ARTWORK IN YOUR INBOX: You will recieve a Thank you email AND a 5-page digital booklet containing new & old art pieces with my process and the story behind the pieces. *Includes Reward #1

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    #3 - INSIDE MY SKETCHBOOK: You will receive a Digital Booklet containing pages from my personal sketchbooks & journals. Drawings, notes, my thought process and all! *Includes Rewards #1 and #2

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    #4 - WOLF PRINT - You will receive an exclusive, numbered and signed, 11x17" print of my watercolor piece 'Wolf" 2012!! with a handwritten 'Thank You' note from me! :-) Seen on DeviantArt, HitRECord.org, and Tumblr *Includes Rewards #1 #2 and #3

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    #5 - HOW TO MAKE A DRESS BOOKLET: you will receive a 25 page digital booklet showing the process I go through when making a simple evening dress! [WHAT I'LL TALK ABOUT] reading and making simple patterns, draping on a mannequin, tools needed, fabric, construction, achieving a nice fit, hand-stitching, tips, tricks, finishes, and so on! I'll also include little tid-bits on my artistic designs. This is great for aspiring designers, those who want to customize their wardrobe/dresses/prom gowns, and anyone interested in what I do! (Lots of pictures/links/videos) *Includes Rewards #1 #2 and #3

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    #6 - ALEX STODDARD EXCLUSIVE IMAGES: You will receive a Digital Booklet containing exclusive unseen conceptual & fashion images by Alex Stoddard, with new unseen designs featured in some of the images. Comes with little biographies and behind-the-scenes pictures! *Includes Rewards #1 #2 #3 and a lovely thank you email from Alex and I :-)

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    #7 - ORIGINAL FASHION SKETCH: I will draw and color an 11x14" sketch of one of my favorite designs, just for you! To finish it off I will sign and number it from a series of 100. *Includes Rewards #1 #2 #3 and #5 (How to Make a Dress Booklet for Budding Designers & Crafty DIYers!)

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    #8 - ALEX STODDARD PRINTS (A THREE PIECE SET): You will receive three 8x12" fine art photography prints from Stoddard's "After the Ashes" fashion story, where all the dresses featured are of my own design! All printed images from the set will be numbered and signed by Alex Stoddard and myself! *Includes Rewards #1 #2 #3 and #6 (Exclusive Unseen Images by Alex!)

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    #10 - OWN IT FIRST: You will receive one of my Black Knit Dresses from the first professionally made set! Production will start out small scale with limited units available, so if you want first pickings and a better deal, take advantage of this offer! *Includes Rewards #1 #2 #3

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    #12 - BROOKE SHADEN LIMITED EDITION "THE KEEPERS KEEP" PRINT: You will receive a 10x10" Fine Art Print of "The Keeper's Keep"! Signed & numbered by Brooke including a certificate of authenticity. *Comes with Digital Booklet of 'Behind-the-scenes' images and stories from shoots I've had with Brooke :-) *Also Includes Rewards #1 through #6

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    #13 - RED CARPET READY: You will receive a Custom made Evening/Wedding Gown of this reward value. You can choose from one of my designs or have me create a custom design just for you! (For reference, images provided). I will also include an 11x14" fully colored and signed, sketch of the gown I made for you! (Similar to Reward #7) *Includes Rewards #1 through #6

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    #15 - OWN DRESS FROM BROOKE SHADEN PHOTO-SHOOT and more! Own the Pink-Nude Gown I'm seen wearing in photos by Brooke Shaden along with Brooke's two images ("The Keeper's Keep" & "Floating in Dreams") as 10x10" Fine Art Prints! Signed and numbered with Certificate indicating authenticity. Gown is size "2" Petite US sizing. *Comes with Digital Booklet of 'Behind-the-scenes' images and stories from shoots I've had with Brooke :-) Also Includes Rewards #1 through #8!!

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    #16 - BRIDAL PACKAGE: This reward will take care of two of the most important parts of your big day, the dress AND the bridal photo-shoot! AND you get beautiful footage of all of it! [PART 1] CUSTOM GOWN, images of example gowns provided [PART 2] Photo-Shoot with Fashion Photographer Aileen Luib! [PART 3] Film from shoot by Devin Schiro!! (THE GUY BEHIND MY FILMS) [PART 4] ALL REWARDS #1 through #9!! Custom artwork, sketches, digital booklets, and more just as a little bonus!! :) **For shoot/film must be able to travel out to Los Angeles, CA

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    #17 - ARTISTIC FASHION CREATION: I will create a completely custom unique fashion art piece for you of this reward value! it can be of something I have made, or something we can dream up! An example of my art pieces would be the Black Feather Gown I made for a photo-shoot with Brooke Shaden. [GREAT FOR] film costumes, entertainment performances, fine-art shoots, and more! *Includes Rewards #1 through #9!

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