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Behind the Dress: Juliet

Strapless veiled mermaid gown with chantilly lace applique and cascading eyelash flange on train

One of the most seductive things a woman can do is bat her eyelashes and give a knowing wink from across the room; Juliet is that wink, in a dress.

Because so much of my fall collection was about trying to achieve a tangible lingerie idea—sexy, barely-there structure—I didn’t want to incorporate any heavy or cumbersome elements. So this softly constructed mermaid gown is rendered in delicate, light fabrics from top to bottom: tulle, chiffon, Chantilly lace. There’s constant movement in the fabrics, from the little piece of tulle that floats up at the neckline, to the lace applique wrapped with a layer of tulle. And then you have all these rich layers of blushes and nudes inside the skirt creating so much dimension, like a series of transparent glazes on a canvas. I wanted everything about this dress to feel like a painting, the bride enveloped in a flutter of tulle brushstrokes.

The back of the dress is just as dynamic and multidimensional: there’s a swirling, cascading flange made from big pieces of tissue organza. Their raw edges almost look like delicate feathers—or even eyelashes! It has that same unabashedly flirtatious quality. And the movement of those flanges is truly something to behold in person: it glides through the air as though it’s underwater, like a delicate stretch of coral that ebbs and flows with the ocean’s currents. A little of the sea witch.

The froth in this dress is never too overpowering. It’s like that subtle wink from our seductress. She’ll bewitch you before you even know how she’s cast her spell.

JulietStrapless veiled mermaid gown with chantilly lace applique and cascading eyelash flange on train |CollectionVera Wang Fall 2012 Bridal | PhotographerMichael Beauplet

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