Sometime early this year, Starlight Studios contacted us for help with their latest stop-motion film project. It’s a story about secret agents, political intrigue — and a young princess who eventually becomes queen. Of course, she needed a dress for the coronation ceremony, and that’s where we came in.
Sitara, the Studio’s artistic director, really liked the look of the Statement in Taffeta, but, unfortunately, it had already sold out. So we did came up with some ideas that would be reminiscent of, but not identical to, the original dress. Sitara loved our idea of extending the shoulder strap to make a long chiffon drape.
Originally we’d intended to pin the drape in place as shown in the picture on the left — a gentle, almost Grecian, sort of chiffon swathe. But when we had sewed it to the dress at the shoulder, we found that the possibilities for arranging it were endless!
We thought of looping it across the back, wrapping it around as a shawl, or simply leaving it down to make a long, graceful train. Since we loved all these ways of arranging it, and thought the people at Starlight would have fun figuring out the best way to present it in the film, we left the drape hanging free. However, we made up a pin covered with silk and Swarovski crystals so that if the Studio decides they’d like it pinned up for the film, they’ll be able to do it easily and with flair.
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