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The weird thing about "the most expensive dress in the world" is it's not actually a very good dress, it just incompetently uses expensive raw materials.

The skirt fabric is unimaginative and poorly integrated with the bodice, the details follow lines bizarrely taking no account of the shape of the human body, it's tied round the middle like a sack of potatoes, the "shrug" part adds nothing new but isn't really a part of the whole, the back is just a subdued recapitulation of the front, the hem line is inditstinct, the skirt is clearly not bias cut for no very obvious reason or effect in a long gown.... Very odd.

BBC video thereof

Date: 2012-09-16 11:22 pm (UTC)
twigletzone: Red and white striped socks clothes-pegged to the guy rope of a tent. (Default)
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It doesn't have to look good, it's designer...

Date: 2012-09-17 12:17 pm (UTC)
twigletzone: Red and white striped socks clothes-pegged to the guy rope of a tent. (Default)
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It also depends on what position a designer takes relative to fashion (in this case, "victim of", I suspect) and whether their "thing" is awesome cut and fabric manipulation, like Ghost, or just architectural craziness like a modern art sculpture.

Mind you I suspect if you're encrusting something with thumping great lumps of rock the reason you don't bias cut the skirt is because the ROCKS would make it sag...

Date: 2012-09-17 12:20 pm (UTC)
twigletzone: Red and white striped socks clothes-pegged to the guy rope of a tent. (Default)
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That, and having finally actually watched the video, that trumpet shape wouldn't hold too well in a bias cut fabric. Form requires a bit of structure to the cloth. You can see the bodice swinging as she walks too, it must be made like a Victorian bridge to hold all that weight up...

Date: 2012-09-17 06:20 pm (UTC)
twigletzone: Red and white striped socks clothes-pegged to the guy rope of a tent. (Default)
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I think the skirt's linear to balance out the very structured bodice, honestly. Also, that kind of architectural styling is a "thing" with some designers... I don't like it myself, I prefer more organic forms, but there you have it, anyway.

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