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The Reversible Evening Dress

Added Jan 17, 2011

by roarah

Detroit, Michiga...






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).




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear



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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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