Added Nov 22, 2010
This dress is inspired by brutalist architecture, a style that started in the 1950s and went through to the 1970s and is characterised by lots of raw concrete and exposed structure of the building. Because it is normally very grey it’s often seen as quite ugly, but I think there are some amazing buildings in this style that really make you pay attention to and engage with them. The idea for this dress came because I had this grey fabric left from another project, and I found it a disappointing fabric in colour and style, so the challenge was to find what makes it striking and beautiful, just like with some of the really dramatic and amazing examples of brutalist architecture. So I took that idea and made this a very linear and structural dress, really exposing the pieces that go together to make it, and softened with the gunmetal organza and champagne satin for the bodice. The idea of the organza was to use light to draw attention to the different sections of the dress, just like light and shadow play with the shapes and angles of a building.
The shoes are vintage circa about 1960, and are cream with silver thread which I felt matched the dress perfectly in look and era.
The dress also has the slightest futuristic feel, and a number of brutalist buildings have been used in various futuristic/sci-fi films and tv shows.
organza, stretch satin, blends
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