"I was inspired by the premise that if Super Mario had a sister, Maria, and while they where running around the pipes, catching Toadstools, 1 ups, and making King Koopa's life extra miserable... Maria stumbled upon a golden pipe leading to the backstage of one of Paris Fashion Week's Haute Couture Show, then she was pulled from the pipe, dressed up in an updated and very much couture version of his brother's blue denim jumper and red shirt and was ushered to the glitzy and glamorous runway of Paris. Now rumor has it, Princess Toadstool is so jealous of her, she tore her poofy shiny pink organza gown in public."
For this challenge, Im compelled to do a mash up between two of my favorite fashion houses, Chanel with its classic, elegant and utterly lady like sense of aesthetics, and the body hugging lines of americanized french label Herve Leger. I used Chanel's tweed and Leger's signature stretch bandage to create a design that could hold on its own. Contrasting details such as a tinge of military tailoring and added the curvy body conforming side, three dimensional details for that drama, contrasting the conservative design and continuing the bands and arrange them into a linear pattern formed on the skirt, contrasted by the soft cascading drapes. The heaviness of design was balanced with color of summery lavander and lilacs and accents of fresh greens to soften everything up.
Since Old Hollywood glam is such a vast space to fathom, with regards to the stylings of Irene, Adrian and Edith, I kinda imagined a dream client coming into my abode and wanting the ultimate gown for her movie's premiere. The conversation goes:
"Starlet: I want a stand out gown that's photogenic on all angles.
Me: You choose between the two area's to bare, Upper meaning the bust, or lower meaning the legs?
Starlet: I want the Upper thing, but not a cleavage, but more of a see through thing, dramatic, and hide my lower with flowy tulle, like I'm floating, I want it big, I want it (puffs her cigarette), soo big, that no one can have a picture beside me...I alone shall be in each frame.
Me: Ok...I just might pull that off for you
Starlet: and oh, please do me a purse...a small one...for my ziggies...(puffs her cigarette again)"
So I made this sculptural top of hand cut satin, laminated to hold its form, and then encrusted with crystals, softened with bow details. The skirt is made of round tulle petals in 4 shades: nude, ecru, blush and tan that are individually hand stitched to create a billowy swirling effect on the skirt. The waist is singed by a gold faux crocodile skin belt with a solid rhinestone buckle. Accessories include a tiny jewel encrusted clutch, gold satin ribbon shoes, diamante earrings and bangles made from cutglass all done by me.
"I totally love this challenge since I generally love orientalia and anything asian. I created a double updated kimono meant to be worn together over a sheer tattoo printed dress. The first Kimono is structured, almost like a suit, and the other, soft made of silk and held together with a leather, reptile design obi. I intentionally picked contrasting colors to create interest on the top, and keeping the dress, with its colorful print which i designed and use some print transfer process to create a distinct pattern, in neutral, together with the accessories to balance everything out. I thought it looks modern, yet with a little nod from its origins."