The Piper Gown
I made this silk chiffon-and-georgette wedding gown for a friend, using the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for inspiration. The bodice was hand-draped and each layer of the two-tone skirt is an individual spiral ruffle. At a rough guess there are about 500 ruffles and applying them by hand took three days! The gown was lined in bright purple satin (the bride’s favorite color) as a special surprise. I’m a professional wedding gown designer, but this was my first attempt at making a strapless ball gown. The bride kindly allowed us to feature it in a fashion show at Supreme Novelty Fabrics before she wore it down the aisle so we even got to show it off to a few different audiences. Hope you all like it, for a first effort it was incredibly fun!
Here comes the bride!
The gown on the runway (a cutting table!) at Supreme Novelty Fabrics
Our first muslin fitting. Looks pretty good!
For the bride's birthday, a first fabric fitting before all the ruffles, boning, and crinoline petticoat.
The Piper Gown at the Supreme Novelty Fabrics fashion show.