Classic yet delicate: Margot.

Last year, we found some gorgeous, pre-smocked silk. I knew it was destined to be a bodice, but all the same, it sat patiently in the cabinet for several months waiting for just the right skirt to show up!

Around the same time, I was reading a little bit about Karinska, the legendary designer of ballet costumes who worked closely with George Balanchine for many years. She was known for producing fabulous costumes — but she’d usually be working right up to the last minute. Somehow, she always finished in time.

Karinska often layered tulle of different colors in her designs, allowing her to build complex, rich colors that glowed under stage lights. I was fascinated. Tulle usually comes in garish, bright colors, and the thought of someone getting subtle effects with it was entirely new to me.

So, when it came time to build this dress for Coordination, I decided to give it a try. I’d already selected the basic colors for the collection — purple, green, pale pink, and gray — so I picked tulle in several variations of each color and layered them in different configurations until I was happy with the result.

Karinska was right. I had never seen tulle behave itself in such a sophisticated manner! The color of this skirt is rich and multi-dimensional, and as you move it around in the light, the different colors shimmer in and out of the overall mix.

Samantha and I worked up some silk ribbon decorations, using colors in the skirt. The shine of the silk plays off the matt  luster of the skirt, as well as adding a little interest and festivity.

Sophia thinks it’s her favorite dress yet! (She and Samantha definitely enjoyed using their ballet training during the photoshoot!)

Here’s hoping you enjoy it as much as we do!


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PS — Karinska was also known for having slightly blue hair! Look it up — she makes for fascinating reading!


6 thoughts on “Margot

  1. I have to say I am smitten. I have long imagined making ballet costumes and working with plaited silk. Your work is so beautiful! Karinski is definitely someone I will enjoy reading about….


    • Hi Hallie,
      Thanks for your interest! Unfortunately, the Margot is sold out =( But please do stay tuned — our next collection should release within the next month or two!

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