Added Nov 22, 2010
I love red. I love dresses.
I love the iconic style of the 1950ies that is still being cited and interpreted by the contemporary fashion houses today. Not only are the dresses, pants, suits and jackets from the 50ies evergreens on the fashion runway, they are also famous for being clear, simple and classic in their design, flattering for the curvy, feminine body, and fond of quality materials like cashmere, silk and satin- as synthetic materials weren’t flooding the market yet.
Ever since I was 16 I had a vague and abstract idea of my “perfect” dress. Having also always been in love with satin, it seemed natural that the “party dress of my dreams” would be made of bright red satin. Finally, in my early twenties – with some amateur sewing instructions under my belt – I decided to splurge and make my dream dress. Marilyn Monroe depicts for me the sexy side of the 50ies, and I translated some of her style and appeal into my design.
Also wanting some hints contemporary fashion in the dress itself, i took a look at valentino and prada, seeing if they had any interesting interpretations of the classic 50ies styles I was looking for. These houses seem to lean on the class and design from that era in times of doubt. I found a foto of Lily Allen wearing a red satin prada dress. Her skirt immediatly fascinated me with it’s asymmetrical curves and puffs.
As I am relatively short I decided to go with a deep “Dcollet” to contrast the wide and voluminous skirt. I accented the shoulders with symmetrical folds in order to have a nice flow down both sides. Also, I chose to make a simple belt with three ties to accentuate my waistline. The green slip flashes from time to time while sittting or dancing.
“The Red Dress” reminds me of the classic little black dress, just with more glam and drama. Every woman should have a red dress in her wardrobe.
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