This lovely sketch was inspired by the roaring cocktail parties of the 1920s. I've always been preoccupied by this era. I draw a lot from the creativity, artists and designers of the art deco movement. Erte and J.C. Leyendecker are just a couple of examples of such inspiration to emerge from that period. Some of the most beautiful movies are set in the 1920s like, "The Great Gatsby", "Thoroughly Modern Millie", "The Cotton Club" to name a few.
This ensemble could be a one piece cocktail dress or a tunic and skirt set. The top would look amazing in Pewter colored silk with gold, shaped panels applied in the sun burst motif. The Gold panels will then be encrusted with shiny antique brass beads. The red contrast panel would be inset and decorated with additional brass beads. The skirt would be finely pleated black silk satin and hit just at the knees. This approach would easily allow one to roll your stockings down to apply a little rouge!
- Philip Estrada