"Woodland Warrior" A reinterpretation of an Alexander McQueen original. This features over 8,000 artificial hypericum berries hand sewn into the fabric.
This gown features groupings of artificial leaves, branches, and grasses. It was even more vibrant in person onstage at the show, but the picture here shows more detail than what my camera could capture in a darkened stage show setting.
More than 12,000 white plastic cable ties (aka zip ties) in three sizes were used to create this dress. It was AMAZING in person because the texture was so unique, the color almost opalescent. It featured a train that I would estimate to be over 8' long. On the bodice and hat are magnolia and gerbera petals. Interesting to note, all of the dresses were heavy, this one at over 40lbs!
A combination of ferns, succulents, mosses; this was probably the most "wearable" of the dresses. The water lettuce skirt mimicked the multiple layered dresses that are so fashionable right now. I loved the texture of the hat, although I was not in love with the shape. However, I can certainly appreciate and applaud the amount of work and labor these very talented designers poured into their creations!
This was one of my favorites. Actually it was hard to pick a favorite, but this one dress triggered an immediate reaction. Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds". And I mean that in a good way. It was one of the first horror movies I ever watched, and even though it is a classic, it is still creepy. If Tim Burton did a remake, I imagine the movie poster would resemble this dress. The feathers and fabric were awesome. The birds in this dress are actually supported on a back brace, similar to what the show girls of Vegas wear to support those huge headdresses. The bodice is constructed with the underside of magnolia leaves.
This is the little black dress redesigned. Over a thousand nuts and bolts were used to create the sequin effect. See the gears spiraling out from the dress? Plastic toy gears spray painted! Love it!
This dress features a back brace for the antler headdress, (yes those are REAL antlers) and to contrast, softer materials of lace, goat fur, spanish moss and ginger petals.
For all you butterfly lovers out there-this dress literally moved. It bounced and fluttered all the way down the runway. The movement of the butterflies on the ends of the midollino stems was perfect.
Each of the "tendrils" you see are handmade from aluminium flat wire in copper, gold, red and brown. Each and every single swirl by hand. I loved the panel in the back of yellow cymbidium orchid petals which are also the bodice of the dress. Very feminine and pretty!
Hydrangea. Lots and lots of Hyrangea. Voluminous layers of it. This dress was BIG and beautiful.