Sunday, July 22, 2007

Invest In This ... Dior Pleated Tulle and Satin Ball Gown With Origami Details

In a month more Summer is coming to an end and as usual, it's time for us to pack that dearly beloved bikinis, sundresses and large straw hats back into the antique Louis Vuitton monogrammed trunks and stashed them back into the dark, cold closet, a.k.a. the cemetery for last season garbs and accessories.

But of course, as one season leaves us behind, then comes another and this time, it's the chilly Fall. Though the trees shed their leaves and the color palette are back to basics, there's no rule saying that you can summon the flower power back into yo
ur wardrobe coordination.

Evoke the classic Thumbelina spirit in you with this stunning pleated tulle and satin gown with origami fold details by John Galliano for Christian Dior.

What the heck this gown is all about?
Actually the gown an
d part of the latest Fall/Winter 2007-08 are inspired or better, the spin-off to his successful Spring/Summer 2007 Haute Couture collection in which he incorporated the age-old Origami folding techniques into his designs.

Origami? What's That?
Origami is an art of paper-folding that originated from Japan. The Japanese have practiced this art since the last hundred years ago and today, the art is introduced to the world and has become one of the most popular yet interesting craft to learn.

Anything special about this gown?
When it comes to design an
d structure fluidity, John Galliano truly mastered the art. Like a blooming flower, the pleated fabrics swirled and wrapped around its wearer's body, creating a unique flower-like silhouette and an illusion that you're actually wears a flower and not a dress. The lifelike petals detail helps accentuating the ball gown beauty.

Does that mean I am wearing a couture?
Generally speaking yes because Galliano has applied the same techniques that he used in his couture designs on the ball gown so frankly speaking, you are wearing a couture without the burden of a couture price tag!

How to make it more glamorous?
Accessorize darling! Bedecked your crane neck with the glittering baubles, preferably the jewels of Victoire de Castellane of Dior Joaillerie but Chanel High Jewelry pieces are also the best if you want a super dramatic effect to complement the look. For bags, clutch the La Plissé evening bag by Dior and put on a pair of sexy stilettos from Jimmy Choo or Manolo Blahnik.

What sort of event will this ball gown fit, other than the balls?
Well as the name suggests, this gown fits perfectly if you're attending a grand scale ball, debutante parties or maybe the grand gala dinner at New York's The Met but other than the balls, Halloween is just perfect. Dress yourself in this gown and play the role of Flora, the flower goddess. That might set you apart from the crowd :D

So how much it'll cost me for this theatrical and artsy work?
At the moment, I don't have any idea how much it costs but since a Galliano work is always an a piece of art, then expect to pay an average sum of RM 45,000.00 upwards. Platinum plastics are mostly preferred.

Where to buy it?
Christian Dior boutiques all over the globe. Do inquire with your nearest store should the gown will be available only by special orders.

*Photo courtesy of Christian Dior, Saks Fifth Avenue and

Christian Dior
- Adorn Floor, Starhill Gallery, Jalan Bukit Bintang 55100, Kuala Lumpur; Lot H02, Passenger Level (Satellite A), Kuala Lumpur International Airport, 43900 Kuala Lumpur; Ground Floor, Isetan KLCC, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, 50800 Kuala Lumpur.

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