Showing posts with label Wedding Gown. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wedding Gown. Show all posts

Friday, March 2, 2012

Eliza Doolittle

This gown was inspired by the Embassy Ball scene in “My Fair Lady.”  Rather than designing for the period the musical was set in I opted to be inspired by it instead.  The gown maintains the original intent of the scene but has a sexy contemporary feeling.  The front of the gown will have a dramatically low cut front with a sheer mesh panel.  The bodice of the gown will be encrusted with various sized rhinestones, white sequins and beads that trickle down loosely.  The shape of the gown will be fitted on the front with beautifully draped fullness at the back that transitions into the train.  I want the gown to be dramatically full but it will be constructed so that it doesn't appear shapeless. 

I originally started this just as a study of a Bob Mackie sketch as practice since I liked the pose.  The sketch was coming out pretty awesome so I took it and ran with it.  I had the idea for this gown as an option for a friend’s wedding that is coming up in December.  Although the design would be my own pipe dream I felt as though if I didn’t get it down on paper now I never would.  After the sketch was finished in pencil I scanned it into photoshop to clean it up and add color.  I feel the result looks pretty great!

Can you guess which Bob Mackie sketch was the original inspiration?

-Philip Estrada

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Here Comes the Royal Bride

In case you've been living under a rock for the past year let me be the first to tell you, Prince William is getting married!  So Princess Diana's first born nabbed himself some chick named Catherine Middleton.  Congrats Little Buddy!

Bob Mackie sketched up this AMAZING gown to show how he envisioned the soon to be princess to look on her wedding day.

This sketch is exactly what weddings exemplify!  The design is elegant and just dramatic enough.  It recalls memories of the Helen Rose designed wedding gown of Grace Kelly.  The sketch also nods lovingly to the Cecil Beaton embassy ball gown Audrey wore in "My Fair Lady".  I love the beautiful subtle gold embellishments in organic feather motifs all over the train bottom of the main dress.  The feather designs on the bodice make me think of angels' wings wrapping around her body.  There are no other words for this design other than "Breath Taking!"

I can't wait to start working on this with Mr. Mackie!  We better hurry though, the wedding is approaching FAST!

-Philip Estrada

Friday, March 18, 2011

Wedding Dress Design

My dear friend Jennifer got married 2 years ago this July.  It was my pleasure to design and make her wedding gown.  It was pretty difficult starting off... I redesigned the gown almost 5 times and still didn't feel like any of them fit Jennifer's personality.  The major roadblock was that Jennifer wanted to cover her tattoos for portraits and the wedding album.  Now that would be easy, but she is covered in tattoos.  

Jennifer's tattoos are insanely bright, colorful, and actually fit her personality perfectly.  After I realized that, I told Jennifer that she shouldn't worry about her tattoos.  My thought was that covering them would be covering who she is.  She agreed with me allowing the design of the gown to evolve organically.  Jennifer didn't really know what she wanted, but luckily for both of us she trusted me completely.

We decided on a simple figure hugging bias cut silk charmuese gown in a light champagne tone with the same color silk chiffon accents.  The chiffon gave a wonderful mix of texture in the gown without making it too busy.  The top of the dress had bra cups that were draped delicately with the charmeuse and chiffon.  The chiffon was embellished with clear seed beads applied in a spray pattern for added detail.  Each cup had three spaghetti straps that hooked together behind her neck then spread down out as it reached the back of the gown.  The body of the dress consisted of two panels with only a center front and center back seam.  All the fullness was drawn to the back to create body shape.  When the fullness reached the back it released into cascading pleats.  The dramatic chiffon train of the gown was sewn into the seam under the bust.  It followed the top finished edge of the gown and was caught up into the back pleats.  The train was left as two pieces and came to points at the end.  Clear seed beads were also added to the chiffon under the bust.  They were sewn closer at the bust and scattered looser as they sprayed to the back.

A wedding in Japan requires Japanese photography.

-Philip Estrada
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