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Brutalist Architecture Dress BERNINA 3 Series 'Party through...

Added Nov 22, 2010

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






This dress is inspired by brutalist architecture, a style that started in the 1950s and went through to the 1970s and is characterised by lots of raw concrete and exposed structure of the building. Because it is normally very grey it’s often seen as quite ugly, but I think there are some amazing buildings in this style that really make you pay attention to and engage with them. The idea for this dress came because I had this grey fabric left from another project, and I found it a disappointing fabric in colour and style, so the challenge was to find what makes it striking and beautiful, just like with some of the really dramatic and amazing examples of brutalist architecture. So I took that idea and made this a very linear and structural dress, really exposing the pieces that go together to make it, and softened with the gunmetal organza and champagne satin for the bodice. The idea of the organza was to use light to draw attention to the different sections of the dress, just like light and shadow play with the shapes and angles of a building.

The shoes are vintage circa about 1960, and are cream with silver thread which I felt matched the dress perfectly in look and era.
The dress also has the slightest futuristic feel, and a number of brutalist buildings have been used in various futuristic/sci-fi films and tv shows.

Material Notes

organza, stretch satin, blends




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Other
Blends, Organza, Satin

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    Nov 30, 2014, 03.23 AMby Chi Krneta

    I’m an architect and this is great! Haven’t seen fashion inspired by brutalist architecture before :)

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    Dec 3, 2010, 10.34 AMby naonao

    hey there! sorry to read you didn’t make it in the top 50… but your dress is really very pretty, love the structure, don’t be dissappointed! you would have deserved to be in the slideshow, if you ask me.

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    Nov 22, 2010, 11.57 AMby zaarissima

    a wonderful dress, I love the details!

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    Nov 22, 2010, 11.12 AMby analogue

    Cool dress! I’m amazed someone else likes brutalist architecture too :)

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      Nov 22, 2010, 11.51 AMby pambox

      I think I’ve started to like brutalist architecture more since I started sewing more, because you can really see how form and function work in both sewing and in buildings.

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      Nov 22, 2010, 12.04 PMby analogue

      That’s very true. I’ve found common ground with engineers when it comes to patterncutting :)

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    Nov 22, 2010, 11.07 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    i really like this! i think that taking an idea like this and transforming it into something wearbale is a much more interesting take on the competition! hope you do well!

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      Nov 22, 2010, 11.48 AMby pambox

      thanks so much!

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    Nov 22, 2010, 11.06 AMby natalie1991

    I love this!! Do you have a pattern???

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      Nov 22, 2010, 11.48 AMby pambox

      Thanks! No, I didn’t use a pattern or draft a proper pattern for this, but it is made with an empire line bodice piece, a central waist section, and a two-piece skirt.

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