A celebration is to appreciate what you have overcome - and what is yet to come.


     This dress takes inspiration from early 20th century French [interpretation of the Italian] theater. The shape of the dress is inspired by the stage curtains mixed with boudoir romanticism of the era.

     I designed the embroidery with my allegorical narrative of celebration with the heart that is being elevated whist being shot at by the cherubs on the backdrop of a moon, the sun, stars and celebratory streamers and balloons.

The embroidery is done in several techniques mimicking crewel work embroidery; a technique used historically most frequently for storytelling through thread work; as it is very intuitive and prefers a personal touch as opposed to mechanical precision. In this dress I have used: glass seed beads, bugle beads, non-twisted flat silk thread, silver and gold thread, muslin appliqué, glass orbs filled with loose glitter wrapped in tulle to make the “balloon rosettes”, and translucent sequins.

Photography by Charlene Kahn

Model Zoe Ko