dressing a bride

portfolio,projects,the studio — Danielle on May 5, 2007 at 5:25 pm

I have had the honour of doing two wedding dresses in my life. As I am not professionally interested in bridal, I only do wedding dresses for certain special brides.

The first wedding dress I ever did was so shoddily constructed, a work of blind ignorance. The second wedding dress was a garment of minimal essence, singular satin column with a shallow cowl in the front and a deep cowl in the back, suspended from the neck on a single chain It is a piece I am proud of and wish I had pictures of my own, but you can check it out here too.

My best friend since birth is celebrating her own wedding with a non-traditional ceremony this June. Together we have designed this dress for her. This is the ultimate earthy goddess dress in ethereal hand-painted silk.

She’s given me permission to blog the process – should be fun – I have less than a month to complete it. I’ve finished the pattern and the fabric preparation will go into full swing next week – expect the studio to be taken over by 60″ x 120″ sheets of silk stretched for painting…

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    1. Yaaaaaay! I’m so excited to read about the process! (I think you are more than brilliant.)

      Comment by z — May 5 2007 @ 6:54 pm
    2. Ooo! I’m also very excited to watch this whole thing unfold.

      Comment by Nadia Lewis — May 5 2007 @ 9:44 pm
    3. I’m very excited to see this! I want to see how you dye the silk. I’ve been wanting to do something like this over the summer! My friend and I dyed some fabric this year using Shibori techniques and I have been itching to try some of those techniques on silk! I also just got engaged this past winter so designing my own dress is something I am going to take on this year. This is such a fun project!

      Comment by Jill — May 6 2007 @ 9:13 am
    4. […] So far, K and I have sketched around and decided on the design of the dress, which you can see here. We went and purchased the silk and the silk paints, the lining, and the various errata required for this dress. (Of course I forgot wee things like the resist and an invisible zipper foot, there will not be a project I do yet that requires just one trip down Queen West.) […]

      Pingback by final fashion » the test bodice — May 8 2007 @ 12:19 pm
    5. […] This is the second episode of a series documenting the creation of a wedding dress for my best friend K. You can see the original concept illustration here and the mockup of the bodice here. […]

      Pingback by final fashion » painting the lining — May 10 2007 @ 12:05 pm
    6. I was actually showing my friend Jasmine your site last night! so she could have a peek at the dress and get to see all the amazing stuff you do. needles to say… the dress is amazing!! I am so excited to be a part of the process, looking forward to painting…

      Comment by k — May 10 2007 @ 8:14 pm
    7. […] I have almost finished painting the last piece of silk for the wedding dress. I can not wait to clean up the studio, and finally cut and sew! […]

      Pingback by final fashion » C is for click — May 31 2007 @ 6:02 pm
    8. […] But here is my reward… there is a dress trying to come out of this silk… […]

      Pingback by final fashion » so much silk — June 6 2007 @ 6:40 pm

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