Added Nov 22, 2010
Brooklyn, New Yo...
I wanted to create a party dress I could wear for several occasions this season.
I was inspired a little by the 30’s and a little by the 50’smy two favorite fashion eras. My greatest inspirations were two gowns designed in the 30’s by Madeleine Vionnet, on exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (see attached collage). I mimicked the coloration of the gold Vionnet dress. But I loved the embroidered black birds in the black Vionnet dress, so I iron-on appliqud golden sparrows to the chiffon skirt to keep the look monochromatic. Similar to Vionnet’s style, I made the sparrows bigger at the bottom of the skirt and smaller toward the top. At the same time, I was inspired by a famous gold lame dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blonds,” designed by William Travilla.
I started by making an infinity dress using a tutorial on Rostitchery; I made it with a tapered pencil/tube skirt, rather than the standard circle skirt. With the infinity top, I can adjust the dress’s look in multiple ways, depending on my mood. I then made a very flowing circle skirt from stiff chiffon (I actually sewed two circle skirts together to get more fullness). I then iron-on appliqud the sparrows to the skirt. When I feel like going all girly and innocent, I’ll wear the circle skirt. When I’m feeling bombshell, I’ll just go for the infinity dress. I’m happy with the dress and look forward to partying in it this coming month!
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