Strapless collapsed A-line gown with veiled chantilly lace bodice and organza scallop skirt.
I like to think of this dress as the good witch of my collection. It’s a gown that just floats, airily and totally dream-like, but with a structure to all that lightness that defines the shape in a way that every bride dreams about.
What I love about this dress is that it combines the best aspects of two classic bridal silhouettes, the mermaid and the A-line gown. It’s cut very close to the body, just like a column, grabbing the body very tightly around the waist and hip and cinching in at the back. Then there’s a very rigid, strapless corset bodice with visible boning that is covered with a chantilly lace applique and veiled with asymmetrically-draped tulle. That gives it a beautiful sense of movement, almost like a brushstroke.
But for all that figure-hugging structure in the top half of the gown, the skirt itself is quite soft. It’s made entirely of floating organza scallops, all veiled with tulle as well. What is especially seductive about this dress is a slit in the front skirt, ever so slightly hidden behind layers of tulle. You can see just a hint of leg—not too much, because the slit doesn’t go all the way up—but it still has a very flirty, fun, whimsical feel to it. After all, my philosophy has always been that ultimate seduction is in what you conceal, not reveal.
From the nude laces, to the tulle, to the corset boning: all of these elements are very reminiscent of the seductive beauty of fine lingerie. You can see why I find it such a provocative inspiration: it brings to life what’s out of sight, but only through fantasy and suggestion and playfulness. And that’s so stirring to the imagination.
Joy: Strapless collapsed A-line gown with veiled chantilly lace bodice and organza scallop skirt | Photographer: Michael Beauplet