This was the last dress Melody and I designed for this year’s Fall/Winter line, and it went through several stages before we finally were happy with the result.
Initially, I’d envisioned a neo-Victorian gown, with slight undertones of the Renaissance. I gave it long, straight sleeves with little white chiffon puffs on top. And then, around the neck, the tiniest hint of a chiffon frill. Slightly historical and very elegant— what could be better?
I charged ahead with the sewing and finished one bodice before I realized, to my chagrin, that my design looked suspiciously like a little girl’s costume, and not at all like the sophisticated creation I’d imagined!
Clearly, it was time for a new direction. But what?
I lay in bed that night, thinking of the dress; there were so many things I still loved about it—the lines in the bodice and the fullness of the skirt, for example—so I didn’t want to start over completely! But what could I do to add some drama? Suddenly, it hit me: cut off one of the shoulder straps, and replace it with an angular, gathered shoulder bow!
The dress still needed something, though—it felt a bit unbalanced. So Melody suggested a half-belt of the same white silk duppioni. I stitched it on, and voilà! The Statement in Taffeta was born. It has all the loveliness of the original idea, with its own dash of sophistication and flair. Melody and I are both delighted with how it came out!