In 1987 my mother wore a beautiful emerald green dress embroidered with black sequins, once! As it has been wedding season I really wanted to wear it again, so, I got carte blanche from her to take it apart! I made it my mission to resurrect the beauty, it wasnt the simplest of tasks to make it “present” friendly. Nevertheless, it only took two fittings with the seamstress.
After some brainstorm with my visionary sister we agreed to take in the waist, shorten it to just right on the ankle and make the arm hole smaller. But to keep the 1987 spirit alive I left the shoulder for that structured look that is on every runway from Balmain to Topshop.
When I wore it, somehow it felt better than any brand new dress I’ve ever worn, it told a story, and felt so right. To quote a wedding guest “the most beautiful dress I’ve seen you wear!”
Here it is:
I wore it with black patent Prada shoes, from seasons ago (it remains the most faithful shoe) and accessorized it with fabric embellished earrings, also Prada.
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