Today we're saluting the shirtwaist dress. I haven't seen too many of these since the 1980s but OMG they're simply divine. Remember Kathleen Turner in Body Heat? She wore the white one that became iconic. Cybil Shepard in Taxi Driver wore a memorable version as well (Also white). The shirtwaist is actually a more relaxed version of the hourglass, a tailored look concentrating as much on the bodice detailing as the skirt. Typically shirtwaists have long shirt-like or billowing sleeves and full gathered skirt. The above version is spot on with the 1950s trends. Shirtwaists look hot in lightweight fabrics like organza, chiffon and crepe, as well as medium weights like linen. The version directly below is by Michi Callica and could be adapted to any style wedding from a garden reception to an elegant gala wedding at the Plaza.
I initially created this space for my clients. Eventually brides looking for that touch of wow found their way here. Draping and playing with fabric started some twenty years back when I did a three-year stint as a bridal fabrics buyer. After that I opened Bridal Alternatives, a custom design studio and ever since have had the opportunity of working with brides who want that extraordinary one-of-a-kind dress. I'm in love with fashion history and re-invention of the past.
Other connections to fashion? I’ve been a columnist for San Francisco Art and Fashion News and have a weekly fashion buzz on One Wed Blog. I founded The Design Project of San Francisco, a networking organization of fashion professionals collaborating their skills and talents on projects. I’m currently working on a book called—you guessed it—'Bride Chic', all about that white gown and very special designer/client relationship. I live with my husband Edgar and Chihuahua Piccalina in Marin County California.
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