Sheer long sleeve dress


1 in stock

Imagine my surprise when I found that the printed imagery of the orange shrug detail of this dress bears a striking resemblance to Aboriginal art. A common theme which runs through Aboriginal artistry is a grouping of coloured dots to form patterns which tell a tribal story. The grouping of coloured dots on this garment, show up around the neckline and sleeve area of the shrug. This aspect of their art is a part of their cultural creativity. It’s a humbling expression for me of synchronicity at work, as I was unaware of this form of Aboriginal art. This choice of fabric made into a maxi-dress named Cher combines creativity and story-telling. How apt!

Naming her Cher is a play on words: the brown jersey fabric is lightweight and sheer, saying little to protect one’s modesty on wearing, which is why the fitted basque detail flowing into the dress is doubled up, providing additional density to the fabric. However, I couldn’t just leave it there. As I looked at the garment on the mannequin, it needed an element that would make the bottom half of the dress equally as interesting as the shrug, especially as the v-neckline is gathered into the bodice. I wanted the quality and uniqueness of this garment to shine through.

Speaking of v-necks, they work wonders if you have a large bust, elongating the neck whilst slimming the bust area; I particularly like how this style of neckline shows off jewellery, be it ornate or simple in design.
Moving onto the hemline, this feature is known as lettuce-edge stitching. The fabric is the perfect weight for this ruffling, which is layered, adding another conversation point to the dress. As a maxi-length dress Cher looks wonderful accompanied with heels or boots. She is made to be worn day or evening and lends herself to a variety of occasions – the choice is yours as to the many events Cher can attend. The only-one-of-a-kind.

Fabric: Rayon and acrylic
Size: 10/12
Loving care: Dry clean
Handmade in London, UK