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Behind The Dress | Kareena

Kareena is for the bride who can’t decide if she wants to wear a mermaid gown, or if she wants the storybook ballgown. The highly layered, voluminous skirt really gives you the effect that a ballgown would, but it drops so low on the body so that it defines the bride’s figure alluringly, molding to her shape the way a mermaid gown would. It has a split personality that works really well.

What’s really beautiful about Kareena is the clean bodice, with its soft, sweetheart neckline, very fine, diagonally-draped French tulle, and foliage-inspired embroidery on the bodice that follows the line of the drape. The way the draping wraps around the back and across the zipper is quite hard to do, because those drapes have to match up from one side of the zipper to the other. It’s done very slowly and precisely by hand. You’ll find this technique in virtually every custom-made dress I do, from the red carpet to the skating rink.

The entire skirt explodes into these asymmetrical tiered flanges. Nothing about this looks really clean-cut or really orderly, and so you get a lot of variation on the body. And all the fabrics on this are so light and airy. You can see light dancing off of all these layers of bias-cut tissue organza and tulle. Even though these layers are completely monochromatic, the contrast between shadow and light creates a lot of interest and texture.

The skirt is so wide and so grand, but it really shows off the body beautifully. There’s so much drama in this gown! But there’s also an ease to it that makes it one of those dresses that fits into so many different settings, from a natural, outdoor daytime wedding, where it would go great against a backdrop of blooms, to a lavish ballroom wedding, where that big skirt would feel right at home on antique floorboards.

 

   Cardinal strapless collapsed ballgown with tiered flange detail skirt and crystal embroidered silk, hand-cut floral accents.

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