Wednesday, August 24, 2011


There are times when a dress creates a positive reaction so strong because it speaks to some early memories, making you realize that you have just seen what you have often dreamt of. It is not about fashion, or trends but more about the fabrics, the color, the care and the talent that has gone into making it and preserving it.
For me this Paquin gown is a special piece simply because it reminded me of my early childhood ...sitting in a garden with grandma and reading "One thousand and one nights". I wanted to be Scheherazade and this was the dress i had envisioned. Sitting on layers upon layers of tulle, telling tales to a very powerful king.
The gown is lined with silk crepe and has three layers of tulle. The top layer is hand embroidered with silver and blue thread creating a delicate flower motif that runs horizontally around the dress creating three tiers. The bustier is filled with this very delicate floral embroidery. It is truly a dress for a princess or at the very least for a very special moment.

A Paquin London ball/bridal gown, mid 1950s, printed satin ribbon label, with boned strapless bodice, layered tulle skirt, embroidered in ice blue floss silk, silver strip and adorned with sequins and rhinestones, bust 82cm, 32in, waist 51cm, 20in

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