Flower & Willow Cocktail Dress
Added May 18, 2013
Grand Rapids, Mi...
This is one of my garments for my collection called, “For the Pleasures of Searing Water.” The collection was for our student show this year and the theme was “The Movies.” I was inspired by the movie (And book), “Memoirs of a Geisha.” I wanted to take Geisha history and motifs and apply them with modern contemporary western fashion trends.
This cocktail dress was inspired by the Geisha’s artistic nature along with their sexual mysteriousness. Geishas are not prostitutes but they definitely use their femininity to gain the interest of clients for hosting parties and other career advancements. In the move, Sayuri learns how to use this to her advantage.
The dress is made from a jade green satin (One of my favorite colors) that features dropped shoulders along with belled sleeves made from black organza (which was hand rolled for hemming), a mandarin collar, a front overlapped keyhole, and the sides of the skirt are also overlapped and faced with black organza to soften the open view of the legs. The bodice of the dress is lined and the dress has an invisible zipper.