As a designer who is commission based – my customers come to me with ideas for their special occasion or big day and I bring my own creative twist to them – I seldom have the opportunity to create dresses with my ideal woman in mind.
Occasionally I’ll be so inspired by something (generally nature or a scene, occasionally another designer) and it will stay with me until I have the time to recreate it and show off my talents. Which brings me to the green beaded silk georgette dress showcased recently in Valley Gardens. This is a dress which I feel seems so quintessentially English garden but was actually inspired by the beautiful beaches on our 2012 trip to the Isle of Harris.
As we walked along the beach, battling the stiff breeze(!), I noticed the ripples in the sand as the tide went out.
Back in the studio, and I tried to recreate the ripples by gathering silk georgette across the bodice.
Muriel Mannequin shows off the piped edge, and platted ribbon and silk straps.