I had created the dress for a previous shoot in 2014 but sustainability in fashion runs deep in my philosophy and so it was the perfect canvas for my next project.
Usually, only natural fibers (silk, cotton, linen etc) can be dyed so the mixed fibers of this dress (silk dupion and polyester tulle) presented something of a challenge. In the end, I used a spray called ‘Oasis’ which is designed for use by florists on flowers! But I tested it first on some pieces of the same fabrics and the effect was perfect. I lined up 6 colors of spray to create the ombre look I wanted.
I put the dress on a stand in the garden, with the plastic sheeting to protect the dress, not the paving! I masked the lace trim with tape, took a very deep breath….. and began. I worked from the lace downwards layering up the colors in bands that faded one to the other. First yellow and orange then three shades of red graduating to purple and violet at the hem.
When I removed the masking from the lace I decided to add a light spray of yellow to ensure a smooth transition to the white above. Three coats, each with two hours to dry and a total of seven hours of spraying took its toll on my back and trigger finger but the labor of love was worth it. The dress was finished and ready for our photoshoot.
The team did not hold back and our shoot captured incredible moments of Autumn color, sunlight, and creativity, perfectly complimenting all my hard work on this beautiful dress. With thanks to all the other creatives on the photoshoot team!
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