Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Devil in the Red Dress: Pearls and Roses
This red silk gown with freshwater pearl and ribbon rose detailing is actually one of the Designer's favourite dresses. The bodice is made from scarlet silk velvet. The skirt and sleeves are china silk, the latter with a silk chiffon ruffle.
The dress was rather underwhelming before the detailing was added to the bodice, which rather lifted the entire garment. In some ways this gown is a demonstration of the Designer's motto of the devil being in the details. The combining of different textures of fabric in a similar colour in one dress wasn't interesting enough in and of itself. Viewing the finished dress, he suggested the addition of the pearls along the collar and down the bodice, punctuated by white and red ribbon roses.
The gown is worn over a white cotton chemise, the sleeve of which is visible.
To commission a similar dress from the Costume Mercenary, complete with freshwater pearls, would cost in the region of £150.
More photos of the red silk gown under the cut.