Amy Zerner and Monte Farber have spent years building an enchanted world together — in fact, their company is known as the Enchanted World of Amy Zerner and Monte Farber. The couple, who have been together since the 1970s, have produced books on astrology and other metaphysical matters, along with CDs, tarot card decks, and a Web site — theenchantedworld.com — all of which are internationally popular. Their latest book is “The Enchanted Birthday Book,” released in March by Sterling Ethos.
However, it was a childhood hobby of Ms. Zerner’s that has now catapulted her into another enchanted world — the land of fashion and jewelry. And her kimonos, robes, and other art-to-wear pieces, carried at special times of the year by Bergdorf Goodman, average $5,000 apiece.
The tarot decks and books produced by the pair feature color photographs of tapestries that Ms. Zerner has made over the years — textiles of goddesses, mythological beings, and archetypal images.
“I started tie-dyeing and batiking when I was a teenager,” Ms. Zerner, a lifelong East Hampton resident, said. “I loved working with different materials even as a child — crayons, sparkles, glue. Mixed media was always my thing.”
The L.V.I.S. Bargain Box was Ms. Zerner’s favorite place once she began making her own clothes in high school. “I was a thrift shopper,” she said with a smile.
As her tapestries began to be shown at galleries, Ms. Zerner started making small embroidered pieces to wear to the receptions. “Pieces of French silk, or Victorian lace, or embroidery from the Far East — I loved to incorporate those pieces into my artwork.” And they ended up in her clothing as well.
“When I started doing my embroidery, using different textures satisfied a way for me to capture multidimension, the way the light played over the art,” she said.
The creations she wore to the openings gained attention, including the eye of Elizabeth Gavaris-Miller, a top personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan.
The first kimonos Ms. Zerner created were made to be wall hangings, but as more and more people commented on her own outfits, Ms. Zerner was convinced to have her first trunk show at the posh department store in 1999.
Ms. Zerner admits she had much to learn about tailoring and structure, fit and pattern. Although each piece is unique and some are custom made, it became important to educate herself about couture in a way she hadn’t needed to when making her own clothing.
Her fusion of art and fashion was an instant hit.
“Also, some of my clients started to ask, ‘What should I wear with this?’ ” As a result, Ms. Zerner crafted solid-color silk separates to allow the jackets to be the center of attention. She custom-creates the shirts and pants, “but I always have a few on