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BEHIND THE DRESS | MARIE

Light ivory and black strapless gown with diamond quilted bodice, hand draped satin faced organza skirt and hand cut silk organza petal detals.

I wanted Marie to exude all the glamour that Grace Kelly brought to the silver screen—her dramatic A-line ball gowns charmed and sizzled with their regal simplicity. Marie is really all about a very timeless, traditional silhouette—a very trim strapless bodice paired with a full ball gown skirt. It’s such a dramatic, voluminous shape. But it’s the contrasts in textures and color that also give Marie a modern edge.

The bodice is elaborately top stitched and quilted—all hand worked—and feels quite sculptural, with all that texture and support. It’s something that makes the bride feel very secure and confident—the shape is so gorgeous.

When I do a very structured, densely constructed bodice, I always like to add visual interest with some kind of counterpoint in the skirt. For Marie, that became about volume and all the theatricality that goes along with that. Satin organza gives the skirt that kind of lightness, yet still allows for very crisp draping—box pleats are engineered to give it a very full, airy shape. A crinoline layer creates even more volume.

Marie’s grand finish comes in the back, with an explosion of hand cut silk organza petals, all collaged one on top of the other. It’s playful and feminine, and brings just a bit of froth to this screen siren’s fantasy gown. And the texture is unbelievably soft. The minute you touch it, you want to put on the gown. Elegant and formal, Marie is a wedding gown fit for a truly royal, fairy tale setting.

 

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