Silk Therapy: The Dress
Added Oct 22, 2010
An event for Fashion Group International on Oct. 9th featured a student and professional design competition with the color palette of black, white, and red. I tried my hand at an evening wear piece for the student division and won best of category. The event was Fashion And Creative Enterprises held at the Denver Art Museum featuring panels of local designers and two keynote speakers, Lady Soule from Tracy Reese’s FROCK and Sean Carasso of Falling Whistles (more about him on my blog: theroomfor.wordpress.com). My inspiration came from Valentino’s fall 2009 collection and dressing the female figure, how the curves of our bodies manipulate fabric so well. The bodice and very high-cut skirt is boned and lined taffeta with a hand-painted silk chiffon skirt showcasing the legs. The pattern was draped to create the diagonal pieces (seven on front, five on back) and about 25% of the dress was hand-sewn. It was a pleasure to make this!
40in black taffeta; 40in polyester lining; 2.5yds silk chiffon, silk-binding red paint.