messages to me here
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2007
cult of personality
"I dress for myself.
Not for the image, not for the public, not for the fashion, not for
dress silhouette known as the strapless gown may be the last true
great cult. What makes it so special? To start with the
obvious, the strapless gown is uniquely American, with a stripped
down simplemindedness that is as much a personal statement of fear
as any fashion revolution against ornament.
just want it simple. Just keep it simple."
Ironically it is
the "simple" Brides who consider themselves the most
chic; buying into an idea that a stripped down
gown is incredibly complex. Perhaps
one of the benefits of a strapless gown is that it doesn't venture
too far out of the box, and for most American Brides, that's just
fine and dandy. Safe and sure and no mistakes.
the Germans say, Sometimes even a blind hen finds a grain of
it comes to being fashionable, and wearing simple cookie cutter style, you
really are starving yourself by not partaking in a banquet of
SAD TRUTH: Even if we want something unique, it's not offered.
style is notoriously stale. American style is
just about at the end of a strapless gown cycle that began over a
takes a decade or more for wedding styles to change noticeably. The old adage,
"if it ain't broke, don't fix it" is a mantra of sorts
for the commercial wedding business, which allows consumers to
order the same gown over and over again until it becomes passť.
This usually happens when the next generation refuses to wear the
same style as their Mother did.
were born an original. Don't die a copy.
Most women can handle a little more style.
Think outside of the box. It's all about self confidence. Be true to
what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized
anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
you still like a strapless, that's fine too!
Naughty but Nice?
INFLUENCES: THE HAYS CODE
to the MGM costume design of Adrian, a working morass of censor definitions,
Hollywood axioms, starlet theorems and brilliant demonstrations of
else could sensibly swath an actress in a waterfall of sheer chiffon
and have her appear in the celluloid light as though she was wearing
nothing but a protective jabot breastplate?
a creative mystic, who believed, as all good mystics do, in the
oneness of the universe, the "more is less" philosophy
that requires an entire bolt of silk marquisette and the mathematic
skills to allow for a sleeve to drape gloriously over an akimbo flashed
bicep. Now, you go
girl. Don't you feel pretty and just a little, um, naughty too?
Isn't she lovely? The
ethereal look of bare shoulders while still being covered
stylized vintage solution to modern strapless desires.
marquisette gown with sheer sleeves and jewel neckline of
sheer illusion. Hand embroidered violets at bustline and
skirt provide a touch of color.