The War of Men 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 dress was inspired by WWII and its effect on the Geisha community. During the movie, Sayuri (The Main Character), is moved to a different location in order to be kept safe. The original destination was later bombed and she would of perished. This dress represents traditional geisha motifs, Japanese military styling, and the subtraction cutting technique on the organza skirt represents the plumes of fire and smoke from the bombings.
The dress has gathered faux leather sleeves, red piping, an exposed zipper, and was engineered to stand off the shoulders with floral wire. Clear bra straps also help to keep the garment from falling off the body. The gold lame bias trim was used on the hem of the peplum, sleeves, and the bodice overlapping. Three black frog closures are on the front helping to keep the overlapped bodice pieces closed.