Pale pink silk taffeta wedding gown. Stretch mesh pleated overlay, heavy hand beading, hand woven beaded straps.
Pink and beige tulle layered in folded circles creates the train.
The gown is underlined and boned, full china silk lining. I wanted to make a full couture gown! It was was a constant challenge as the gown was very tight, and it was difficult to make a back closure and it was difficult to figure out how to attach the train. The beading was time consuming, but I love to bead, so that part was a joy.
I had draped before, but I found Joi’s presentation to be very helpful, and I learned some new things from her presentation.
To push myself creatively and to make a true couture gown, using luxury fabrics and techniques.
I researched Charles James, I went to the exhibit at the Met in NYC, and loved his “butterfly dress” so I wanted to use some of his techniques – pleated tulle, layered tulle train – and I have always wanted to create beaded straps from individual beads! I can cross it off my bucket list!
My gown is different from his of course – I didn’t want to make a copy of the butterfly dress, rather to create a gown in the same spirit as Charles James.
It was a very time consuming project but again, it was so enjoyable and I am so glad I participated. Again I did win, but the journey was the real “win” if that makes any sense.
I am so glad I entered, it is such a great contest.
Try something new, as you will learn more if you take a step away from your usual design projects. Since it is small you can splurge on luxury fabrics – don’t get caught up in wanting to win – truly, you will win just by participating. Make a plan and plan to finish early – don’t put it off close to the final date! It won’t be fun if you are rushing to meet a deadline.
In short, the process is so fun, let yourself enjoy it.
It was so fantastic to see the other entries. ALL were so pretty and interesting. I particularly liked the gown made from vintage linens.