Wearable Art

March 19, 2008

This piece was made for the Bernina Fashion Show several years ago. It’s made from absolutely to die for, custom dyed, sueded rayons by Cherrywood Fabrics.

It took hundreds of hours to make with a full double circle skirt with yards and yards of reverse appliqué, an easy technique, but there was just so MUCH of it to do in this garment! can I tell you how absolutely spectacular it was to see it swishing down the runway on a professional model with all the lights and music. I felt like a rock star even though it wasn’t me up there. The dress traveled to a couple of other venues and didn’t come back to me for almost two years later. It had aged out of most of the competitions by then so it did nothing but sit on my dress form for a very long time.

Last weekend a dear friend had a “formal dress” 50th birthday party. I haven’t been to a “formal dress” anything since my senior prom in high school. Not even a company Christmas party. (Can you hear the “poor me” whine coming through here?) Quite the hardship for someone like me.

Hmmm. I was going to call my self a fashionista there, but I don’t think that term fits. I adore clothes and wearable art but am not interested in fashion trends. I believe that most current trends are incredibly unflattering to the majority of women. And girls. I’d rather just wear what I like and what looks good on me. If you want to read more about my fashion philosophy, my favorite style book of all time is Simple Isn’t Easy. It makes the case for finding a uniform that you look fantastic in, and sticking to it, no matter the current trends.

Back to the point. I got to wear my dress for the first time. And dance in it. My hubby and I know a little west coast swing and a little two step but mostly they played salsa and rock. I had fun anyway, since my lovely friend comes from a culture where all the families just get up and dance with each other without waiting for an invitation or partner. They just find joy in friendship and music and dance. I think I’m going to try to be more like that.

I wish every one of you a little time back in that little-girl-twirly-dress blissful place.


  • Reply
    Twila Grace
    April 2, 2008 at 10:45 am

    The garment is gorgeous; what fantastic work you do! And thanks for sharing about that book–I think I’ll order it.

  • Reply
    March 20, 2008 at 10:08 am

    My mum made me a full-circle dress when I was little and I send myself dizzy twirling round and round in it. Thanks for bringing the memories back with your beautiful dress.

  • Reply
    March 19, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Gorgeous. I love it.

  • Reply
    March 19, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Oh how lovely, I bet you looked stunning, an outfit like that would make you want to dance

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