Silk and Taffeta Jacket and Dress Ensemble
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by Svetlana Shalumova
from Threads #136, p. 72
Utterly recognizable, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa revolutionized the art world with its use of a facial expression to invite viewers to ponder her thoughts and mood. The natural beauty of the landscape and the depth of the winding background of this portrait moved designer Svetlana Shalumova. She translated the landscape to silk chiffon by magically painting her version across the hem in Marabu paint imported from Europe. Her simple yet timeless ensemble incorporates silk taffeta and organza for the jacket and silk chiffon over taffeta for the dress to create a brilliant interpretation of her inspiration. In her words, Svetlana’s gown was made in the spirit of “celebrating the femininity and delicateness of women.” The asymmetrically placed landscape draws the eyes upward to the face just as da Vinci’s work does. This creation would suit many chic occasions and important milestones in one’s life, perhaps even a wedding.
Go to Artchive.com to view the original inspiration.
This garment received the Best Overall Award in the 2007 Threads Association of Sewing and Design Professionals challenge to create garments inspired by art.
This simple yet timeless ensemble incorporates silk taffeta and organza for the jacket and silk chiffon over taffeta for the dress.
A close-up view of the hand-painted landscape highlighting the flowers in the design.