Close up: Marilyn inspired evening dress

This week I’ve had the difficult task of selecting shots from my recent photoshoot – difficult because there are too many splendid shots from which to select!

It has been a tricky task but below are a few of my favorite close ups of the Marilyn inspired silk evening dress made of silk purchased from Biddle Sawyer, based on London’s Berwick Street.

Summer evening-wear can be tricky especially if it's hot.  This semi-fitted, backless evening dress is ideal for those hot summer nights
Summer evening-wear can be tricky especially if it’s hot. This semi-fitted, backless evening dress is ideal for those hot summer nights

I always find summer evening-wear to be problematic.  If it’s hot, you don’t want to be bothered with tight fitting strapless dresses in stiff dark coloured fabrics, but lighter fabrics can end up looking too bridal.  For this midsummer evening dress, I used, possibly one of the most famous dresses as my inspiration.  I always wanted to create my version of that dress, and more so after reading Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled by William Travilla.  The original, I discovered was hand-pleated on the skirt and over the bust.   However, as pleats take an awful lot of fabric, and I was limited to 3 mtrs and wanted to create a full-length dress, I decided to opt for soft gathers which don’t take as much fabric.

I love the way the fabric drapes
I love the way the fabric drapes and the vibrant flowers in Valley Gardens bring out the colours of the spots
Soft gathers over both the bust and the skirt into a snug fitting band
Soft gathers over both the bust and the waist fit neatly into a snug fitting band

A stunning backdrop with beautiful blue sky

A change of location and more adjustments to Muriel Mannequin
A change of location and more adjustments to Muriel Mannequin
Glamorous gardening?  Muriel Mannequin and the wheelbarrow
Is this Harrogate’s most glamorous gardening? Muriel Mannequin and the wheelbarrow

Final destination

Back lit by the sun isn't the most flattering for this cream dress!

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