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Silk and Taffeta Jacket and Dress Ensemble

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This simple yet timeless ensemble incorporates silk taffeta and organza for the jacket and silk chiffon over taffeta for the dress.

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 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. 

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  1. OPStitcher | | #1

    And with a nod, perhaps, to Madeleine Vionnet?

  2. shalsvet | | #2

    ....and to Erte(Romain de Tirtoff),Paul Poiret and many more..But i didn't think about that while created "Mona Lisa"

    Dear editor,
    I am writing regarding a photograph of the "Mona Lisa" dress on the page 72 in your last issue of Threads magazine (2007 "Inspired by Art" challenge). I was very disappointed to see this picture.
    First, the colors of the fabric of the dress in this photograph do not show true fabric colors. Colors in the picture appear dull and grayish,and do not show the richness of the material, or how beautiful is the
    hand-painting job.

    Second, whoever dressed the mannequin, did really poor job on draping the overlay and placing the jacket. Last fall I supplied you with the picture, demonstrating a correct way of dressing the mannequin, but obviously it was ignored. Somebody just threw this dress in a hurry, not
    caring about the way it looks. Please see attached pictures for comparison: How this garment should look on the mannequin, and how it looks in your magazine.

    I do not understand why this happened, and sincerely hope that you would not use this photograph anywhere else in the future. I am very embarrassed to show this page to anyone. Looking at the result from a point of view of a regular reader, I would question why would you give a garment, that looks like a couple of filthy rags, the winner place.

    I would never approve this photograph for publication, but what is the point now - it was never sent to me for a proof in the first place. I feel that all my efforts, my time and money were wasted in this competition.

    I understand that this will likely never be corrected. My only hope is that your magazine would never treat other participants this way in the future.

    Svetlana Shalumova

  3. shalsvet | | #3

    .. here is my page where this dress featured in true colors

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