Monday, November 2, 2009

I Dare to Design.

The very first time I watched My Fair Lady I remember being completely entranced by Audrey Hepburn. I loved her personality as Eliza Doolitle and loved the transformation she made to become a lady. I found myself wishing that someday I would make a similar transformation. But what I remember most about the film was her fashion. One dress in particular stood out to me each time I watched the movie. It was the elegant white lace gown with black and white striped bows and ribbons. At times I would pause the film and stare at the dress. Other times I would Google the image and study the design and shape of it. Since I have been a little girl I have absolutely loved the dress.

After designing about twenty different dresses for this contest, I was trying to decide which one to enter and one dress in particular kept coming to my mind. It was a modern dress designed after the one Audrey Hepburn wore in My Fair Lady. I pictured a sturdy, yet movable material for the design. My favorite fabric choice would be a Silk Embroidered Organza.

In addition to the trendy adaption of the My Fair Lady dress, the design is quite versatile. If desired, it can turn into a semi-formal dress by having the bow and dress monochromatic and using fabric such as:

  • Casa Satin
  • Crepe-Back Satin
  • Polyester Shantung
Or it can turn into two completely different styles of dresses by using a plaid pattern for the dress and a solid color for the bow in one of the following two materials:
  • Taffeta (For a fun, party dress)
  • Wool (A spin on the winter classic)
Another option is to give the design texture by overlaying lace onto the entire dress. Similar or contrasting colors could be used for the lining and lace to create different looks. The bow could also be out of lining and lace or a solid color of satin.

Just as Audrey makes a grand transformation in My Fair Lady, this design is also capable of transforming into various styles depending on the look desired.