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The Reversible Evening Dress

Added Jan 17, 2011

by roarah

Melbourne, Austr...

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This year the theme for Melbourne Malanka (Ukrainian New Years Eve Ball) was ‘Carnival’, like the circus or fun fair.

Whilst reading ‘The Golden Age of Couture’, I happened across a Richard Avedon photo of a dress designed by Givenchy for Dior for SS 1955 with elephants in the background. I wanted that dress. PLUS it was in a photo with elephants. Clearly that means it can be worn to a Carnival themed event, right?! Anyway, I couldn’t get this dress out of my mind & I started to think that I was sure I’d seen a pattern for it before, then I found Vogue 2720.

I decided to make the dress in a bright red fabric. Strangely, despite red being my favourite colour, I’ve never owned a red dress, so I figured it was about time. I couldn’t decide on the lining though, so I bought some more of the facing fabric, except it was in black. Then I decided it would be fun to just make the dress reversible. So I did. Then I went a little overboard & made the sash reversible too. THEN, I thought since the theme was Carnival & there are heaps of places at the carnivals (like the hall of mirrors) that are all about visual illusions, why not change it around halfway through the night. I did & it was hilarious. I got SO many looks & double takes. The people I came with (about 7 of us went together) totally freaked because they knew I hadn’t brought a second dress with me. It was so much fun.

The photos here are from the night (taken by my brother-in-law).

I had to make a few alterations to make the dress work I’ll be posting details on them later this week on my blog. I’ve also posted a few more pictures there.

Difficulty

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Categories

Season
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Classic, Evening Wear
Material
Polyester

Credits

2720

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    Feb 17, 2011, 11.18 AMby anajan

    Oh I love that neckline and I like how the red details are peaking out when the dress is worn on the black side. You really put a lot of effort in this dress and it was worth it! Bravo!

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    Jan 28, 2011, 09.16 PMby tschasta

    just wow

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    Jan 17, 2011, 03.49 PMby sarahfbr

    that’s such a good Idea!! i really like the red side, but both are really effective :)

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    Jan 17, 2011, 12.16 PMby sarahscustard

    Hahaha :-D That’s so clever! I love that you were able to change the dress at the event – causing some serious head-turning!

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    Jan 17, 2011, 11.04 AMby Priye Okoye

    Brilliant adaptation of one pattern! Very striking!

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    Jan 17, 2011, 10.19 AMby analogue

    Two dresses in one, great idea! Both sides look beautiful, but the red’s really striking :-)

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