Concept Sketch - Original sketch of garment, created digitally in Photoshop. The idea was that the dress is about opposites - the bodice is organza and has rectangular satin appliques, the skirt is crepe-back satin and has organza-backed rectangular cutouts. The dress is shaped by princess seams on the wearer's right, and by darts and pleats on the left.

In the back of my mind, I had been thinking about insects and the idea of metamorphosis and the delicate nature of their bodies.
Front View - The idea was that the dress is about opposites - the bodice is organza and has rectangular satin appliques, the skirt is crepe-back satin and has organza-backed rectangular cutouts. The dress is shaped by princess seams on the wearer's right, and by darts and pleats on the left.

In the back of my mind, I had been thinking about insects and the idea of metamorphosis and the delicate nature of their bodies.
Back View - The back of the gown has a round train that creates a puddle effect with the slate-colored satin. The hem is finished with double-faced satin ribbon, so if it peeks out it's shiny and looks hand-finished. The bodice mimics the front bodice, with one side shaped with a princess seam and the other with a dart. It is self-faced with the organza, and closes with a button loop at the back neckline and two buttons just above the waist.
Closer View of Front
On Display - The dress was created for a competition sponsored by Goldsmith Inc. mannequin company, and was chosen as one of 9 finalists that were displayed in their NYC showroom. This is a photograph of the dress on display in the showroom.
Gown in Grays
Sarah Moreno
Associate Designer, Sweaters Fort Myers, FL