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morgane le fay…fitting numero dos. January 19, 2009

I know, I know…photos from Fitting Numero Uno are MIA…got it. There’s a reason…and it’s legit. My first fitting was a disaster….well not completely. Here’s the deal: I made 3 pieces. 1) Pants. I had originally designed silk twill (or silk linen) skinny pants…cute right?? Well Liliana and her assistant Charlotte didn’t think so…They said to make pants that were “not skinny…not fashion-forward”?? okay, what does that mean??? I thought I was designing for Morgane Le Fay, not Chicos…Elastic waistband anyone??? jk….Okay, so I did a slim trouser. they were yuk. With that, I had designed 2) a silk chiffon top and 3) a silk organza petal wrap jacket with a high mandarin collar. Cute on paper. Hideous in reality. It was so much poofy whiteness…my model looked like the Michelin Man. Gross. Anyway…we decided that the chiffon top would be dropped to floor length (Rosemary Brantley has this obsession that is – Erin Seelert + maxi dresses) okay, I get it. I like them too…and my jacket was redesigned into a jacket/dress thingy with silk mesh wide-leg pants that I hated so I refused to make them…so I did the dress…and I’m happy because I designed it myself and Karolyn (my studio teacher) was awesome because she let me do what I wanted and I actually feel like I worked out all of the design challenges myself, which I love. So…

Below are photos of my Morgane le Fay (MLF) dress. White, Lotus-inspired….you get the idea. These were taken at the 2nd (fabric) fitting. During the fitting, it was decided that shirring at the front was not necessary and also the under-layer of silk georgette would be replaced with (yet another) layer of chiffon. This dress has a grand total of 20 yards of silk chiffon. I love it…and so will brides everywhere (lol). The neckline and back will be bound in silk satin organza and the ties are going to be extended to approx floor-length. The edges of the chiffon “petals” are finished with a picot edge and there are no side seams on this dress…it is all overlapping pieces of chiffon. I am also making a petal-shaped “scarf” that will be worn and removed on the runway.

…this dress is for the daring girl…not afraid of scandal…can’t wear a bra…even panties are iffy…maybe nundies would be a good call…

..model try-ons are this coming Friday, so I’ll have pics of the real deal after that. I can’t wait to see it finished. It’s a showstopper if I ever saw one. I wish I could describe what it looks like when the model walks…like a floaty, airy poof of billowy clouds. I heart it for sure.

If I was ever going to get married, I would wear this. But that’s not happening.