We’re pretty excited about today’s incredibly unique feature, which keeps in line with our fun fashion week theme here at GWS! Your eyes are definitely not deceiving you – that beauty above is a totally wearable dress made from fresh flowers! Jill from With Love & Embers dreamt up the idea of a flower dress because she wanted to simply make something she had never really seen before. She says, We were looking at couture fashion to find something that stood out to us, and while looking we thought about making an actual dress out of flowers. We thought it was a really cool idea, but not a very practical one.
As luck would have it, they happened to know the perfect artist to bring their wild idea to life: Tara from Splints & Daisies! Having worked with her to capture her amazing wedding + super creative floral designs before, they knew how talented she was + that if anyone could bring their vision to life, she could. Jill goes on to say, She immediately thought it was an awesome idea and we all set to work on bringing a wearable dress of flowers into reality. We were conceptualizing what we wanted everything to look like, and we constantly kept coming back to being inspired by Alexander McQueen. We wanted drama, both with subject and with light. We found a park that was perfect and green and would heighten the contrast with the bold colors of the dress.
Tara has such an amazing ability to use plants from every conceivable place. The bottom of the dress was spirea from her garden which gave the dress its wispy branching structure, she also used Russian sage to tie in the bits of purple. Ultimately we wanted a real dress that would flow on the ground and still be wearable. It was surreal to see a dress seeming to grow from the ground while we were shooting.
The hair and make up by Plum Salon and Spa portrayed a wild, but chic look. So perfect for this exaggerated, yet still organic, editorial.
Jill leaves us with a few more thoughts, We were extremely inspired by the over the top couture runways of Parisian fashion shows, and by using organic accents and creating a dress that was a living piece of art we were able to create something truly special.
Truly amazing work, team! Thank you so very much for sharing!