Back in Black (Bernina 3 Series party dress)
Added Nov 14, 2010
This is my entry for the Bernina Party Through the Decades Competition. In this piece I wanted to stress that a decade in fashion can be any decade and that a ‘decade’ ins’t just something of the past centuary. I have combined the decade of the 1760’s with an emphasis on the structure and the interpretation of this decade through the eyes of the early 2000s and the use of origami type techniques in the 1960’s. I have mixed my own love of pleating with various style features of these decades to create a dress that is dramatic, comfortable, fun and full of detail and structure. My aim in designing this dress was that the wearer would find it fun to wear and would stand out at a party!
This dress is made from recycled materials! Some the panels in the corset and skirt are made from the lining and leather of an old leather jacket. The bulk of the panels are made from two oversized black dresses that I bought for a quid. The bustle at the back is made from an old striped maxi skirt which i made into stuffable panels. The skirt structure is supported by a hidden structure of wires made from old hanger wire. I patterned the whole thing from scratch, I love pattern cutting!