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Behind the Dress: Jocelyn

Jocelyn: Strapless collapsed ballgown with peplum and sheer skirt with distressed organza, tulle and shadow lace tiers and washed flange detail

When I asked myself what I wanted to accomplish with this collection, I decided to trust my instincts. I’ve always been a believer in beauty. For me it’s a transcendent experience. It can be hard to describe, but I know it when I see it.

For this fall collection I wanted to come up with something strong and surprising. Wedding culture has come a long way, and now you’re starting to see black as a recurring accent element in the modern ceremony. You saw the same kind of evolution in the runway show for this collection: We went from a classic nude, to nude paired with black, to a perfect, astonishing black. I love it: it certainly got people talking.

Black is wonderful and totally sexy as an accent color. But can really be breathtaking when you pull out all the stops. With this dress, we’ve gone all the way, and not only in color terms, but in every aspect of the design and materials used. The bodice is made of silk faille, which is a stiff fabric, and it gives the upper part of the dress a classic elegance. The rosette draped near her collarbone makes the perfect feminine touch.

The skirt of the ballgown takes the drama of black even further: I’ve used quite a number of grand, elaborate tiers of washed organza and sculpted them into these wild, passionate forms. And then there’s layer after layer of asymmetrical tulle, and very fine Chantilly lace. There’s so much theatricality in the skirt, especially when you get to the back, where the ruffling and the engineered cascades build to a crescendo.

This is my rhapsody in black: it’s chaotic, it’s disordered, and at the same time it’s just magnificently light and ethereal. In motion, it moves and tumbles and breathes, billowing and frothing. It’s so thrilling and dynamic, it’s hard to avoid getting carried away by the poetry.

Jocelyn: Strapless collapsed ballgown with peplum and sheer skirt with distressed organza, tulle and shadow lace tiers and washed flange detail | CollectionVera Wang Fall 2012 Bridal PhotographerMichael Beauplet

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