Oct 262012

At 50 women know what they like, and most have a good idea of what suits them.  Buying the dress of your dreams for a big occasion can become a nightmare, with shops oblivious to those who would rather not bare all, but who are still beautiful, attractive and very alive – so not ready to cover all and merge in to the background.

The brief for this dress was “green or purple, sheer sleeves, backless, long and flattering”.  Before we  even went fabric shopping I took around 30 measurements and made a bespoke pattern and toile for the client, which we used to finalise the design before moving on to material choices.

The top fabric is beaded silk chiffon, which is draped over a heavily boned silk foundation and lined.  It all fastens with a zip at the back.  The silk chiffon sleeves are put in afterwards, as the fabric is delicate and they could be replaced in a few years to lengthen the life of the dress- well worth considering if dancing is likely.  Also, should the dress be worn as a guest rather than hostess, the train could be removed and the hem leveled to remove the Hollywood factor.