Thursday, March 26, 2009

Less is more...

The lovely Kelsey brought me her mom's wedding dress to see what I could do. It had (of course) a high Victorian neckline and long prairie sleeves, but also a heavy overskirt in yards and yards of synthetic stretch knit. An ominous tag inside the dress informed us that it was "highly flammable when washed" (!). This project was truly a process of subtraction, editing away the neck and sleeves, re-appliquéing some of the lace around a new scoop neckline and along the shoulders. To refashion the skirt, I made a new skirt layer out of ivory silk organza, which preserves some of the dress's original drama but at one tenth the weight. The synthetic stretch knit was permanently retired--hopefully to the same place where pet rocks, shag carpet and The Hustle went.

6 comments:

burrito said...

Beautiful! (Would love to see the before photos of these dress makeovers, if you can, in future!)

Also, I'm sad to say that according to my ballroom dance studio.... the hustle is still alive. I pretend it isn't.

Joanna Goddard said...

beautiful!

CaraBella said...

Simply beautiful, literally :D And ditto burrito's comment -- hmm, although I might say that I thought the Hustle was coming back? Or maybe it's the 10 million variations of the Slide, sorry, I'm terrible at these things :D

Anna Alter said...

That dress is SO lovely.

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