I wanted to bring out the strong contrast in the purple shrug detail, and her contrasting knit fabric, creating the illusion of a sash with sleeves. Purple is such a regal colour, the cotton jersey fabric is soft and comfortable.
It’s all about contrasts of fabrics that work together, not only in terms of colour but also textures; however to make the shrug more eye-catching I decided to hand-bead the sleeve hem and around the neckline with bugle beads, red sequins and seed beads, picking out the colours from the circular abstract pattern. The kimono style sleeves is all about the drama this dress speaks to, she’s a chic cocktail dress.
The beaded ‘v’ neck still allows for a statement necklace, delicate earrings, subtle touches. The basque is lined and zips up the centre back, the abstract patterned tapered skirt rests just above the knee. Purple Lady is a Coral Turner Exclusive Original, ready-to-wear dress, the only one made in this fabric, a stand alone piece.