What was the inspiration for your artwork?
The evening gown was created for the Design Studio Womenswear class taught by instructor Martha Penaranda. The assignment was to design and create an evening look that reflected a specific target market, followed the current market trends, and appealed to the consumer's wants and needs. The assignment also had to follow a start-to-finish process where the student had to create a look based on a concept and follow it all the way into the production stage.
How did you create these pieces?
The overall look seen in the picture is a complete evening wear ensemble. The top is a cropped, flare bodice, made of ombre crinkled chiffon, in a sunset color way. The top has a bias tape neckline, along with a bias tape hem, which also features hand-beaded accents. The back of the top has a keyhole closure. The bias tape for this top was also made by me. Under the top is a nude-colored bandeau. The skirt for this ensemble is a high-low skirt with inverted pleats in the front and back, with a waistband and center back zipper. The skirt is fully lined and also has a crinoline layer between the lining and shell for added fullness. This skirt is made of a gold upholstery cotton sateen fabric, and also has hand-beaded accents on the waistband.