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Behind the Dress: Fiona Gown

Fiona Gown
Art: Vera Wang

Weddings are about the poignancy of two people coming together, and in Fiona that poignancy is reflected in the drama of a very striking bodice against a heart-melting skirt.

Fiona presents a woman’s form in a way that is sensual, but without being distracting: the dress reveals the silhouette and exposes only the upper back and shoulders. This is a body-conscious shape, and it celebrates the feminine figure with an asymmetrically-draped mermaid sheath that suits a wide variety of body types. The material is a stretch mikado, which is very flattering to a bride because it conforms to the contours of the body, while holding and shaping her figure.

At the same time, the severe silhouette is set off by a more demure, frothy skirt, which is constructed out of bias-cut organza sections. The process I used to craft the layered airiness of the skirt is called the ‘ladder’ technique, and it gives the bottom of this dress so much richness and movement.

The beauty of this gown flows from the beauty of contrasts, like the contrast between artistry and boldness, frothiness and architecture. I like to say that Freya brings the best of both worlds.

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