The Corset for the Peacock Dress

The Corset for the Peacock Dress

When I was raising money for Random Acts’ projects in Haiti in 2011, and pledging to make the Peacock Dress in return, I imagined that I would be the maker of the whole outfit, every stitch. However, it’s not going to work out that way, and I’m delighted about that.

Not only because it reduces the workload (hiring Indian specialists to embroider the dress takes about thirty years off, literally) but because the result of any project is so much better when you let go, step back and ask for help from people who know what they’re doing better than you do.

New Worth Evening Gowns, part 2: Expect the Unexpected

New Worth Evening Gowns, part 2: Expect the Unexpected

In the second part of this series of posts showcasing Worth designs from the photo archive preserved at the V&A, I’m sharing the one that stopped me in my tracks and made me say, WTF?     Zigzags? In 1902? Flouncy, frou-frou femininity with garlands of roses...