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Elegant races dress

Added Jun 26, 2011

by natski

Sydney, Australia






Like last year, i decided to make my Derby Day races outfit! I was having trouble deciding what to sew, until i found my September 2009 edition of Burda, which had 50’s film star inspired outfits, and my chosen dress! I wanted something sophisticated, that took design cues from the 50’s, but wasn’t ‘retro’- the dress had to be a modern interpretation of the 50’s.

On Derby Day you have to wear black and white, so i wanted black fabric with a difference! At Tessuti Fabrics i found this awesome Prada Fabric, that has this gorgeous texture to it.
I took about a month to sew it, as i had to adjust it ia lot, because it was a bit big, and i didn’t want to get it wrong because the fabric was so special!

To be honest, i am really proud of this dress, as it is the hardest thing i have ever sewn, and i was really happy with how it looked! I teamed the dress up with a couture Suzy O’Rourke leather head piece, which was made specially in the black to match the dress. I also wore Agent Provocateur gold seamed tights and elbow length black leather gloves.

I went on fashions on the field but didn’t get past the first round(as you can see in the pictures my competition was quite tough!). I half tripped up the stairs as i walked onto the stage!!!! I guess what i wore was a bit different to everyone else, the headpiece was quite out there- but i thought it was amazing!. Nevermind there s always next year- and i had so much fun making the dress and putting together my outfit.

The photos show the dress as made in the Burda Magazine, pictures of my sister who kindly posed in the dress for me to take photos (I think the dress suits her better than me!!) and a couple of images from the day.

Material Notes

Prada fabric from “Tessuti Fabrics” :http://www.tessuti.com.au/




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Vintage

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    Jun 27, 2011, 05.45 PMby nehozack

    It absolutely was your day, you were (and are) gorgeous, and so blissfully unique!

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    Jun 27, 2011, 03.56 PMby BlancheOfArts

    Never mind them, you look AMAZING in that outfit, so chic and a total work of art! :D p.s. don´t know if you´ve heard of Roisin Murphy, you reminded me of her in that outfit. She has a special style and wears it so well. :)

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    Jun 27, 2011, 03.41 AMby ronnielee

    Looks like you have a Winner!! How did you go at the Derby???

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      Jun 27, 2011, 07.47 AMby natski

      I didnt get past the first round on fashions on the field and didn’t even back a winner on the day!!! Just wasnt my day!

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    Jun 26, 2011, 01.43 PMby bjr99

    What a georgeous dress!

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    Jun 26, 2011, 01.26 PMby lazyjaneallthetime

    Fantastic! :)

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    Jun 26, 2011, 12.26 PMby freakusbzzz


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