My name is pronounced Gwen with a 'D.' A Buoyant type with a
logical brain style, I'm dedicated to helping
girls and women of all ages accept their natural beauty and
inner gifts. Oh yes, I'm also a psychology buff, author and
award-winning portrait artist.
Style has fascinated me ever since
my aunt gave me a fashion doll with removable
arms when I was a young girl. You guessed it, the doll was tall and very
slender with long legs. Nothing like me. Oh, well.
At age twelve I began making my own school clothes on Grandma's treadle machine.
My prom dress in high school (lower left) is my design. The next year
I made a felt circle skirt (snowflakes with sequins) with a black V-neck
top which my college roommate borrowed to wear as prom queen at BYU.
Upper left is a lace formal for a Lambda Delta Sigma dance.
At lower right, my wedding dress has a bodice pleated to a huge rose
at the waist. Then I sewed for my children until the girls learned how.
My favorite from back then is still the "squaw dress" at the right,
(very popular in Arizona in the 50s) in the most luscious pink material with
silver rick-rack, hand-painted roses and a broomstick skirt (worn over
petticoats then) which garnered a second place ribbon
at the county fair.
Then in 1988 David Kibbe's Metamorphosis stirred my
imagination with the idea of body-personality types and apparel that
enhanced each one. The only trouble was, I couldn't find myself on his list. Dr.
Abravanel's books gave me more clues. I studied people for a couple of
years in sidelong glances (trying not to stare), then one day the whole
spectrum came clear in one "eureka" moment. From then on I worked on
the handbook and then on this website, wanting to show women, especially the
young despairing ones, how
talented they actually are.