Lady Slipper Couture Dress
The Tropical Garden series offers more than just wall panels. The concept aims to encompass a diverse range of objects inspired by different artistic and craft disciplines, all unified by a visual symbol: the Lady Slipper orchid.
This couture dress exemplifies the series' fashion direction. Drawing inspiration from the Jugendstil aesthetic, specifically Otto Eckmann's designs, I incorporated my personal interpretation of this art movement into the creation of this dress.
A New Sewing Experience
The objective of the project was to create a couture piece that embodied the essence of a tropical garden while also providing an opportunity to acquire new fashion skills. The goal was to create a red-carpet garment that adhered to the naked-dress trend and featured 100% hand-embroidery.
While the embroidery aspect posed no difficulty, creating a dress that accentuated body curves without the use of darts proved to be a challenging undertaking. Despite these challenges, I was able to successfully produce the garment, which went on to win the Eveningwear category in the Dressmaking competition at The Stitching Festival.
The Luneville embroidery technique, also known as tambour embroidery, is the sole method used for garments as per the specific requirements of the project. The embroidery materials utilized for this technique include a range of beads, such as seed beads, delica beads, and bugle beads, along with sequins measuring 4mm.
No Darts Sewing
The garment is designed to fit the body shape without the use of darts.
This is achieved through the use of curly cuts in the basic pattern. All seams are stitched by hand.
Two-tone mesh fabrics are used to create a better skin matching effect.
Otto Eckmann's designs inspired the pattern of the dress.