I adore the work of Mariska Karasz. She made her embroidery into art, but what’s less well known is she had also been a fashion designer. A real inspiration of mine. Images like this just make me happy:
She wrote an embroidery handbook that just makes you want to get down and stitch away; in it she says
Most women draw the line at creative design, but I want you to take that line and draw it on cloth instead.
Which I take to mean: make something, it will set you free.
There’s also a book about her entire career that contains some gorgeous images of her fashion work:
I want the jacket on the right.