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Alexander McQueen Kaleidoscope Dress

Added Feb 19, 2013

by Redsonia

Piedmont, Italy






Alexander McQueen impressed me back in 2009 with his Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear collection featuring a glorious use of kaleidoscope prints. 4 years later I am the owner of one of these fantastic prints.

This dress is participating in Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men 2 Challenge.

The pattern is from Burda 11/2012_121. I like the way wide skirt swings down below the fitted bodice with beautiful inverted pleats. The dress is lined with a fantastic Bemberg lining (made in Gallarate, Italy), I really like it silky luxurious touch against the skin. In the back seam is 60 cm invisible zipper, three-quarte sleeves, pockets in the side seams. I’ve made also a 50′s petticoat to help the silhouette.

Read more on my blog

Material Notes

silk and cotton blend, bemberg lining




Garment Type

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    Feb 23, 2013, 07.47 PMby chula123

    Gorgeous !!!! Love how you have teamed it up with the belt and shoes, perfect match and the colours look stunning on you !

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      Feb 25, 2013, 01.11 PMby Redsonia

      Thanks a lot!!!

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    Feb 23, 2013, 09.02 AMby flowergirl22

    you are so lucky to get some of the fabric,, I have just bid one one the other day ,, sooooooooo many people wanted it,, good for you.

    I love the dress you made its stylish ,pretty to lock at and looks comfy to wear, fab job

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      Feb 25, 2013, 01.10 PMby Redsonia

      flowergirl22, thank you!

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    Feb 22, 2013, 03.52 AMby neveenkarnes

    love it…. you are so lucky living there. great choice and looks just fab. on you :) well done !!

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      Feb 25, 2013, 01.09 PMby Redsonia

      So happy to hear it.

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    Feb 22, 2013, 03.42 AMby Anniemollison

    Absolutely stunning!

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      Feb 25, 2013, 01.09 PMby Redsonia

      Anniemollison, thank you!

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    Feb 21, 2013, 12.27 PMby shoesandbagsomy

    PS I’m so jelouse. You live in Italy. Rome is my favourite place in the world. Have been to Italy six times and always do some fabric shopping. I just wish Europe wasn’t a 24 hour flight away from Australia. Otherwise I would be there every year. In bocca al lupo per il concorso – da Australia :)

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    Feb 21, 2013, 12.15 PMby shoesandbagsomy

    Just love this. It’s a winner for sure. I know how excited you must have been about your awsome fabric find. I got excited about Prada’s Fall Winter 2013 geometric prints. Last week I walked into my fave fabric store "Darn cheap fabrics " and to my surprise and delight – there was Prada’s Fall fabric line. Ended up with 3m :)

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      Feb 25, 2013, 01.08 PMby Redsonia

      Thanks a lot! I would love to see your creation out of Prada’s fabric.

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    Feb 21, 2013, 09.31 AMby barbaraagatha

    Please tell me you get your fabric somewhere close to Milan…and you’re willing to give me the name! I must raid that store! Tnx!

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      Feb 21, 2013, 12.13 PMby Redsonia

      Ciao barbaraagatha, the fabric shop is in Mondovì, in Cuneo Province. This particular fabric was the last piece but you will absolutely find other incredible treasures. Tell me if you are coming, so I can accompany you if you wish.

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      Feb 22, 2013, 02.06 PMby barbaraagatha

      Wow, Mondovì is a little far!
      But fabrics deserve a trip or two. Will keep you posted :)

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    Feb 20, 2013, 04.14 PMby Inga 888

    brilliant dress! I am a fan of all your creations :)

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      Feb 20, 2013, 09.38 PMby Redsonia

      Инга, спасибо большое!

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    Feb 20, 2013, 01.58 PMby ariation

    It’s beautiful! You always get you hands on some great fabrics!

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    Feb 20, 2013, 01.31 PMby Ivanamania

    I envy your sewing skills! The dress – it’s fantastic!

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      Feb 20, 2013, 09.37 PMby Redsonia

      Ivanamania, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment

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    Feb 20, 2013, 11.22 AMby katya

    Wow, it’s so gorgeous! I’m a bit jealous of the fabric, it looks amazing.

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      Feb 20, 2013, 09.37 PMby Redsonia

      Dear Katya, thank you for nice words

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    Feb 20, 2013, 11.06 AMby Trudy McGrath


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      Feb 20, 2013, 09.36 PMby Redsonia

      Thank you, Trudy!

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    Feb 20, 2013, 10.59 AMby HouseOf Pinheiro

    stunning dress x

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      Feb 20, 2013, 11.05 AMby Redsonia

      thanks a lot, HouseOf Pinheiro

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    Feb 20, 2013, 10.06 AMby lienepien

    Nice dress!

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      Feb 20, 2013, 10.22 AMby Redsonia

      Thank you, lienepien

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    Feb 20, 2013, 08.01 AMby luisa59

    Non ho MAI visto niente di piu BELLO, adiritura lo trovo POETICO! Ciao!! LUISA

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      Feb 20, 2013, 09.11 AMby Redsonia

      Luisa, grazie mille per “poetico”. Vieni a trovarmi a Mondovì, ti porto nel mio negozio, troveremo un tesoro anche per te.

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    Feb 20, 2013, 06.27 AMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous dress and fabric. Lucky you getting your hands on this fabric, its stunning. I love.your dress x

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      Feb 20, 2013, 09.08 AMby Redsonia

      Mary Athey, thank you!

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    Feb 20, 2013, 12.46 AMby guineveresmom

    Absolutely lovely.

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      Feb 20, 2013, 09.13 AMby Redsonia

      Thank you!

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