I was approached by Tumblr with one specific task… Create a dress inspired by #Cinderella for a modern day red carpet. I ACCEPTED AT ONCE.
STEP 1 BIBBIDI
FROZEN IN TIME. I must have watched the trailer and the 1950 movie to get the idea of who was Cinderella and when was the exact moment of magic. And getting ready to go to the ball, the sequence of transformation in stop motion, frame by frame, and taking snapshots was a great way of getting the best of the movie.
BEAUTY FROM THE INSIDE OUT. My mother told me it was and awful idea to hide such a beautiful lace under layers of tulle. But it is my idea of beautiful in the inside, and to make it pop on the outside a lot of butterflies in different shades of blue. To get the idea of how it is to be truly beautiful.
I can’t just ignore the fact that I’m an architect, and I like the idea of half done, half undone thing. It reveal a lot of the procces, and it helps me when I visualise that exact moment of almost there.
And so I created two options for the dress. For the first option I did everything you would expect for a Cinderella moment, tulle, silk crepe, hand embroidered lace, hand-cut organza butterflies, the princess look every little girl from 5 to 70 would want to wear. It was everything BUT (entirely) BLUE (personally I thought “florals? For spring? Ground Breaking”).
For the second look I decided to play a lot modern, playful, yet romantic. Top fully embroidered with sequins, sheer tulle skirt, organza hand-cut butterflies, and this one had to had a lot of blue because I felt the Cinderella element was missing a bit.
STEP 2 BOBBIDI
It took around 336 hours and 4 people to make this dress come to life. Pattern making, the toile, the corrections, cutting fabric, embroidering, cutting the butterflies, draping, sewing, hand-stitching, detailing.
STEP 3 BOO
The final dress.
Special thanks to Disney and Tumblr who gave me my own Cinderella moment, to my friend Wendy who was my model, to Lizzy who helped me with the illumination set and photography, and to all my friends who supported me all the way.