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Atelier Versace Spring 2009

Darlings, there just isn't enough pretty on this blog (besides us). Let's end the week with some eye candy, shall we?

Instead of just presenting a collection, we thought it would be interesting to show the original sketches with their notes alongside the finished product. Lorenzo is obsessed with fashion sketches and if Tom didn't put his foot down, the walls of our home would be overrun with them. When he looks at these sketches Lorenzo is reminded of Loïc Prigent's fabulous documentary
Signé Chanel, which traces the evolution of the Chanel fall 2004 haute couture collection from sketches by Karl Lagerfeld right through the fashion show and selling to customers, specifically the scenes where the seamtresses struggle to read his notes and realize the designer's vision.

Enjoy!



Acid-green evening dress in satin and silk organza
A bow motif on the bust retains a multitude of pleats, forming the volume at the back of the dress





Bubble shaped mini dress in silk organza
Embroidered entirely in lacquered red sequins





Black silk organza evening dress
A pleated motif effect forms three-dimensional fan shapes creating graphic rhythms of transparency which curve around the entire body





Bouganville silk chiffon ballgown
Large purple crinoline bands define each ruffle of the skirt and create a dramatic asymmetric motif on one shoulder





Aqua-green and smoky grey organza evening gown
Large organza circles embroider the asymmetrical volume of the draped bustier





Mini cage shaped dress made from gold silk tulle
Embroidered bodice with feathers hand painted and metallic sequins in complementing shades of gold





Crinoline bands of crystal mesh curve around the bust retaining plisse and forming the straps
Large folds open out to form the volume





Fuchsia pink silk organza bustier mini dress
A pleated effect in a fan shape creates graphic rhythms of transparency and open out in a three dimensional effect





Antique rose evening dress in silk tulle and georgette
Micro draping forms the bodice while boned piping retains the shape before falling to create the "cage" shape
Embroidered entirely in crystal in a "degrade" effect





Nude colored evening dress entirely embroidered with transparent sequins and crystals in a degrade effect





Black silk chiffon and organza evening dress
Pleated organza bands with crinoline and crystal mesh tubes create the graphic contours of the bustier






Cream silk crepe de chine evening dress with open back
Pleated bands of organza twist around the body before opening out to form the train





China red silk organza ballgown
Pleated bands define the shape of the bustier and form the edges of each ruffle on the skirt





Smokey grey silk organza ballgown
Crinoline and crystal mesh tubes out line the body and fall to gather the volume of the dress, creating ruffles in petal shapes




Model: Georgina Stojiljkovic


[Photos and Sketches: www.versace.com]


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156 comments:
Amanda in Austin

OMG. Those dresses are all to die for. I want all of them. Thanks for the beautiful post this morning, boys. Good work!


OH MY...I am totally obsessed with fashion sketches ala Lorenzo!! These are absolutely beautiful, as are the final designs. As Amanda said, what a beautiful post!!!
Thank you boys so much for making my dull Friday morning drenched in gorgeousness!!!!!


Exquisite. It's like the sketches came to life.


i think i just died. amazing. just amazing.


Oh my god this is beyond beautiful, it's really amazing. I have to go back and look at them all day. : )

By the way, Signe Chanel is one of my favorite fashion documentaries ever. You can find it on YouTube. It's really worth watching it.


Absolutely stunning!


Stunning. Every dress more beautiful than the last.


I'm speechless - absolutely gorgeous!


i am actually watering at the mouth.


I adore fashion illustrations! I have that Gruau print of the Dior illustration with the leopard paw hanging over my bed. Thanls for starting my day with some beauty!


Most of the sketches look better than the gowns. And I think the whole "blowing sheer scarf" thing looks really half-assed in the pictures. It's been done before, and much, much better.


Loved the entire collection.


Absolutely breathtaking!!!!!!!!!

This is probably the very best Versace I've ever seen.


They sort of remind me of the dresses Rupaul wore on her Logo show; especially the black organza. That being said; I love all but the red. Gorgeous.


Gorgeous! Breathtaking! Beautiful!


Me likey!!! I have a question - does Donatella do the sketches, or does she have an artist? Those look more like artists renderings than like most of the sketches I've seen.

I adore the chiffon dress with the horsehair braid. What a fabulous recital dress that would make!


Delicious, stunning. I'm salivating. Which seems to be the response of others as well.

What a beautiful way to end the week.

Mille grazie, Boys!

All the best,

NDC


Just when I thought your editorial post was awesome! The sketches are beautiful and to see them come to live in those to-die-for gowns is just unbelievablely awesome. I love when they show the sketches on PR b/f the designers get to work and then watch as they change and evolve. :)


so pretty. thanks for the princess morning.


I love all of these! Especially the magenta gown!


Those models could have stood straight up looking directly at the camera and they still would have looked stunning - those dresses are fantastic. I especially love the purple asymmetrical dress with the contrasting purple bands. Wow.


Amanda in Austin

To Bailey: Do you always look for the dark cloud inside the silver lining?


Where were these garments Oscar night???

Mouth-watering.


Most of the sketches look better than the gowns.

I agree. It could have something to do with women in real life not having legs that are nine feet long.

Sometimes I wonder if fashion designers cry in their pillows at night about that fact...


Lovely. I did find it especially interesting when the model was standing just as the dress was sketched...Look, they really DO have perfectly straight legs with no curves!

But those are some gorgeous, gorgeous gowns. Wow. The architecture is just amazing.

the drawings remind me of Erte.


Wow, some of those are just breathtaking. I would, however, prefer that the majority didn't begin to emerge from the dress at the tootie and the bootie, but what do I know.

The second to last black (the short one with the sparkle) dress looks better in the drawing than in the actual garment. But that's the only one I don't feel translated well. Everything else was a "Wow!"


WOW. Magnificent. Gorgeous. Feminine and beautiful - I want every single one.

If I mortgage myself - will someone lend me money to buy these exquisite gowns???


Gorgeous! And thanks for the sketches -- it was fascinating to see them juxtaposed with the actual dresses.


breathtaking!


bitchybitchybitchy

J'adore, J'adore, J'adore! Gorgeous sketches, and the final designs are fabulous. In my next life I will be thin, rich, and dressed in Atelier Versace.

One can dream, can't one?


Fesca said...

Most of the sketches look better than the gowns.

I agree. It could have something to do with women in real life not having legs that are nine feet long.

Sometimes I wonder if fashion designers cry in their pillows at night about that fact...
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Ha! I've had similar thoughts. For their sakes, I like to think that they understand the gaping canyon between vision and execution.

I'm kinda with Lorenzo on the desirability of fashion sketches. (Duh. I spend my limited free time here, after all.)

Thanks for another great post.


Wow. Just gorgeous. I *so* needed some beauty today -- thank you.


The short gold 'cage' dress really didn't translate from the sketch, eh?


They're all insanely beautiful. And the sketches...wow, such incredible detail.


Looking at these beautiful sketches and dresses has made my day-- merci. Towards the end of the presentation I had to remember who these were created by they certainly didn't remind me of any previous Versace--not a bad thing, just a sweet surprise!


So lovely, every one of them. I'm wondering how anyone would sit down in that white and gold tulle job, though, without showing the world one's nether parts. Love everything, though.

Boys, you need to stop using the word "embroider" when you mean "embellish". Embroidery is with thread, not sequins, etc. Minor issue, I know, but it reduces your credibility, and we know you are the bomb when it comes to fashion.


Love having the sketches. LOVE IT! Isn't it great to watch the evolution of the vision. I wish PR would do this too, show the sketches just before the models walk down the runway, with the designers doing their little narrative on top of the images . . . THAT would be sooooo interesting. I'd love to see the contrast that I am sure oftentimes occurs between good sketchers and bad sketchers and the final product. I'd also love to know which designers don't even sketch and see how their products rate against those that do. And when I look at a sketch and think meh, then it blooms in real life . . . and the opposite of course! I simply love watching the creative process.

Thanks guys, Donna in Seattle


Anonymous said...
Boys, you need to stop using the word "embroider" when you mean "embellish". Embroidery is with thread, not sequins, etc. Minor issue, I know, but it reduces your credibility, and we know you are the bomb when it comes to fashion.


The notes under each picture are the actual notes from the sketches. Does this reduce Versace's credibility?


Actually, yes it does. So is using the term "organza" when they really mean "charmeuse" (not here, but elsewhere).

Is it so hard to be accurate?

I realize this is a minor whine, but it's a pet peeve. Sue me.

That said, it's refreshing to see sketches that turn out so well in real life. The gowns, for the most part, are breathtaking. Those that aren't are simply wonderful.


Ooh! That was fun and amazing and beautiful...Give Us More!!!


Amanda in Austin, no, but is there really any point in posting "These are gorgeous!" when 300 other people have already posted the exact same thing? Not really.

And I HIGHLY doubt Donatella drew these. She is not very talented, and just happened to be Gianni's sister. Lucky her.


These illustrations are so incredibly accurate it seems that every detail is there. I was going to say I thought they were done after the dress was finished. As opposed to the designer sketch that is sometimes very loose and quite different from the final realized dress.But then I got to the red one, and it doesn't have a train, so maybe not..
Anyway they are very beautiful. Thank you for showing us.


TLo said...

Anonymous said...
Boys, you need to stop using the word "embroider" when you mean "embellish". Embroidery is with thread, not sequins, etc. Minor issue, I know, but it reduces your credibility, and we know you are the bomb when it comes to fashion.

The notes under each picture are the actual notes from the sketches. Does this reduce Versace's credibility?


Donatella has credibility??? lol Yes, taking over your genius dead brother's fashion house is the epitome of making it to the top on your own merits.


Bailey said ...

...is there really any point in posting "These are gorgeous!" when 300 other people have already posted the exact same thing?


Show appreciation for the hard work of putting a post together. Besides, it is OK to agree with 300 people. We don't have to all have something different to say to be valuable or interesting.


even when 300 other people have said it, I'll say it again:
"these are gorgeous!" and just to make it different, I'll say:
"Son espectaculares! me encantan!"

thanks TLO for such fabulosity....


Bailey said...

TLo said...

Anonymous said...
Boys, you need to stop using the word "embroider" when you mean "embellish". Embroidery is with thread, not sequins, etc. Minor issue, I know, but it reduces your credibility, and we know you are the bomb when it comes to fashion.

The notes under each picture are the actual notes from the sketches. Does this reduce Versace's credibility?

Donatella has credibility??? lol Yes, taking over your genius dead brother's fashion house is the epitome of making it to the top on your own merits.


Bailey, don't ruin this post for the rest of us, as you usually do.


Beautiful post!
Gorgeous sketches!!
Amazing dresses!!!


Did I mention how BEAUTIFUL everything is?


These are GORGEOUS!!


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

" Isabella said...

These are GORGEOUS!!"


These are GORGEOUS!!!


Hey, she asked and I answered. I'm not trying to "ruin" anything. And where was it that I said I didn't appreciate the work that went into a blog? Sheesh. (But no, it doesn't take a lot of effort to COMMENT on a blog, and there's the difference.)


They're beautiful, thanks, TLo.

Nothing new, doing it just to annoy Bailey at this point.

Agree with others that these can't really have been by Donatella herself, and are actually finished illustrations rather than sketches, no? Or is that a term of art in fashion-land?


god damn i say god DAMN! i want to become eccentric and fabulous just so someday i could have the means and excuse to wear one of these. finally, a high portion of gorgeous gowns that aren't BORING. I DIE.


Bailey said...

Donatella has credibility??? lol Yes, taking over your genius dead brother's fashion house is the epitome of making it to the top on your own merits.


You have a very narrow definition of credibility.


Anonymous said...


Boys, you need to stop using the word "embroider" when you mean "embellish". Embroidery is with thread, not sequins, etc. Minor issue, I know, but it reduces your credibility, and we know you are the bomb when it comes to fashion.


Beading is a form of embroidery. The sequins are applied to the garment with thread.


Bravo Donnatella!!! She did an amazing work!

I love all the dresses and sketches. Congratulations!


Anonymous said...

Bailey said...

Donatella has credibility??? lol Yes, taking over your genius dead brother's fashion house is the epitome of making it to the top on your own merits.

You have a very narrow definition of credibility.


Why? Her BROTHER had credibility. She is merely a figurehead. I don't think that's really a controversial statement to make in the fashion world, because it's true. Donatella is a joke.

PS "It's 'Everyone
Argue With Bailey Day' because he didn't agree with something! We demand homogeneity here!" lol


Its such a cold and dreery day here today and outside is nothing but gray skies and blowing snow so it is literally a visual feast here on PR.

The colors, the shapes and forms, the textures...all delightfully ingested by my eyes. The sketches serves as an amuse-bouche before we get to indulge in the full course of the completed dress.

(sorry, I'm a bit hungry as its almost lunch time! LOL!!)


Please people, don't feed the troll.

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TLo, this was a wonderful post. Would it be asking too much to make it a recurring one?


Bailey said...

Why? Her BROTHER had credibility. She is merely a figurehead. I don't think that's really a controversial statement to make in the fashion world, because it's true. Donatella is a joke.


You're defining credibility as "making it on her own merits." That's a pretty narrow definition.

PS "It's 'Everyone
Argue With Bailey Day' because he didn't agree with something! We demand homogeneity here!"


No, people are arguing with you because you're being as obnoxious as you always are. Don't flatter yourself by thinking it's because you're some sort of rebel. Plenty of people disagree here.


Shinything said...
Where were these garments Oscar night???


Penelope Cruz wore dress #12. See pictures here.

XO
TLo


This collection is unreal. SO beautiful.


CanIGetYouAnything?

These are gorgeous. Thanks, guys.


I know how you boys normally feel about 'bubble' anything in fashion, curious about your take on the red sequined bubble dress - my absolute fave on this post!


I just finished watching Signe Chanel on youtube. Excellent! Thank you for the recommendation. As for the collection, most of the gowns are breathtaking.


i did crystal mesh once. not pretty...


Fabulous!


The first dress is to die for. Bravissimo!!


Good for Penelope Cruz, yet that dress was one of the least dramatic and, imo, beautiful of the collection....

I think a lot of the dresses were pretty well translated, aside from most of the shorter ones... maybe there's less leeway when there's less dress. I mean, the short red one doesn't bubble under; the gold one is... well, the colors are kind of unexpected and there's something about the hem of the skirt; the black one doesn't have all the layers; the pink, for modesty's sake, had to have the skirt extended a little on the left side (thank goodness, but it does deviate from the vision). But most of the long ones came off amazingly well, and I admire the black one since it actually seems like you wouldn't be able to determine the wearer's waxing habits or anything from it (though I guess they'd have to be perky enough to not need a bra.....)


I think they're all gorgeous except for the black dress and red dress with the similar pleating over the crotch...to me it says "look at my lady parts!" like it was framing them. Maybe that's just me!


I mean the parly transparent black one of the first page, of course.


Anonymous said...

No, people are arguing with you because you're being as obnoxious as you always are. Don't flatter yourself by thinking it's because you're some sort of rebel. Plenty of people disagree here.


My original post wasn't negative, beyond the scarf thing. They are both beautiful, I just think the sketches are better. Everyone baited me from there, so no, I don't know what you're talking about, and no, I harbor no illusions that I am a rebel because I can formulate a 3-sentence opinion and post it on a blog. Woo-hoo. See ya.


Bailey said...

My original post wasn't negative, beyond the scarf thing. They are both beautiful, I just think the sketches are better. Everyone baited me from there, so no, I don't know what you're talking about,


It doesn't surprise me that you don't know what I'm talking about. I'm not talking about your original post, I'm talking about this:

"Donatella has credibility??? lol Yes, taking over your genius dead brother's fashion house is the epitome of making it to the top on your own merits."

and no, I harbor no illusions that I am a rebel because I can formulate a 3-sentence opinion and post it on a blog.

No, you harbor illusions that people are getting on you because you have a different opinion. Let me reiterate for you: people are jumping on you because YOU EXPRESS THOSE OPINIONS SO OBNOXIOUSLY TIME AND TIME AGAIN.

Woo-hoo. See ya.

God, I hope not.


I love fashion and costume sketches, too. Great post! Of course, it helps that I absolutely adore this collection. Just beautiful shapes and textures, and the perfect balance of historical influence and modern innovation.


I like Bailey.
1. People posting the exact same thing over and over is boring,
2. Donatella has no credibility, and
3. A contrary comment shouldn't "ruin a post" for you. If it does, go outside and play for a while. You're taking the internet too seriously.


Divine. Simply, beautifully divine.
Thanks for sharing, TLo.


Do this more! I love looking at the drawings first. And, OH!, the dresses are fab!


Fresca said...

I like Bailey.


Good for you.

2. Donatella has no credibility


That is not true. She is well-respected in the fashion industry, even if she's not the "genius" that her brother was.


3. A contrary comment shouldn't "ruin a post" for you.


A contrary comment doesn't "ruin a post" but an obnoxious one surely kill the buzz.


Look, everyone! Pretty dresses! Let's all talk about pretty dresses.


Some people take things too seriously. Lighten up, it's just...oh jesus whatever.

I second that this should be a regular post (if it's not too much trouble!)


Fabu, guys! I love these editorial, magazine, collection posts. Please keep them coming : )


Absolutely stunning and breathtaking. I love the sketches more than some of the dresses, though, but they are all beautiful! I want some of them!


Aw, guys! Thank you so much for this lovely post.

What always strikes me (and is so clear in Signe Channel) is just how damn good these haute couture makers are. And what a shame it would be to lose their skills just because it's so refined. Beauty is never frivolous!


Sewing Siren said...

Beading is a form of embroidery. The sequins are applied to the garment with thread.

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Dang, girl, you trying to put the kibosh on the Sharks vs. Jets rumble by dragging out facts? For shame.

And thanks so much for posting an avatar photo with the dress form rotated. Did you draw the pattern yourself? (o.k., I know I'm straying, but I'm dying to be impressed if you say yes!)


I want that short cage dress. So want. No need to sit down ever! If I own that dress, I will stand and stand until my heels sink into the concrete and my knees need a replacement.


tripletmom96@hotmail.com

lovely treat to end a perfectly hellish week...thanks TLO. those dresses would have been gorgeous to see even without the sketches, but with them...WOW!

i agree with the others that this would be a great regular post when you can get the pix...


Awesome, Tlo! More, more, more.


One of my favorite posts in a long, long time. Fascinating to compare the sketches with the dresses. And thanks for the Penelope Cruz photos, too.


so beautiful. hold on while I pick my jaw up off the floor.

this is why versace is the master


Bailey said...


Why? Her BROTHER had credibility. She is merely a figurehead. I don't think that's really a controversial statement to make in the fashion world, because it's true. Donatella is a joke.

She may not be a designer, but to me she has the credibility because she has kept the company going. She worked for him before he died, how is it any different? She obviously is smart enough to know who to hire to get the best people for the company.

SisterZip


TLo said...
"Look, everyone! Pretty dresses! Let's all talk about
pretty dresses"

Yes yes yes please please please.

brilliant said...
"Please people, don't feed the troll."

Brilliant!!!

Remember - it only comes back if you keep feeding it....

We all do love you TLo - and thanks
so much for this post. It's just lovely!!!


This needs to be a regular feature. The only thing is I wish they had the model pose so you could actually see the dress. I would have loved to see the detail on the front of some of the dresses instead of the model's back.


SONGER said...
i did crystal mesh once. not pretty...

12:52 PM
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Bwaaahahahaha!


formerlyAnon said...
Dang, girl, you trying to put the kibosh on the Sharks vs. Jets rumble by dragging out facts? For shame.

And thanks so much for posting an avatar photo with the dress form rotated. Did you draw the pattern yourself? (o.k., I know I'm straying, but I'm dying to be impressed if you say yes!)


You are welcome. Yes, I made the pattern.


la aterciopelada

Exquisite. I needed that. It was a tropical island vacation for my senses. Thank you!


You mentioning collecting fashion sketches brought this to mind....Some years back, I used to work in the theatre - first as Actor, then Director, finally Artistic Director. Before being sidelined by a series of nasty accidents, I ran a small company in Chicago. We had an attached theatre school, so we were always looking for designers who could also teach. The pay was awful, to be frank - so it wasn't often that genuine talent walked through my door - but one day it did. Her name was Tatiana, and she'd recently immigrated from what was left of Serbia. Back in the old country she was a costume designer of some note - but America didn't quite see it that way - not yet, anyway. She needed more than just work - she needed a sponsor to acquire legal status, followed by citizenship.

I gave that to her. My theatre company sponsored her. I submitted all the paperwork, jumped through all the hoops – whatever it took. In exchange - we had the privilege of working with a brilliant designer. I knew we couldn't hold on to her for long; and I wasn't about to wed her to that small company by trading an extended contract for sponsorship. My Board of Directors pushed me to do just that - but I refused. It wouldn't have been fair. She stayed for a year. I considered that a more than even exchange.

Before she left - Tatiana presented me with a gift I treasure to this day: a framed painting (done in oils, yet) of one of her designs. She told me she started it the day I said yes to sponsorship. To be fair – I’d asked her to frame some of her sketches. I wanted to put them in our lobby. At the start of every season I invited local artists to show their work. The theatre district was also home to many small galleries. I believed in showcasing art whenever and wherever possible. Displaying their work in our lobby simply offered up another venue. Tatiana was a gifted artist (as are most designers). Her work looks like it flowed from the hand of Erté himself. Every time I look at it – I’m reminded that sometimes great talent can be lost. That’s what makes a show like Project Runway so important. It nurtures the work of artists that might otherwise have fallen through the cracks.


Sewing Siren said...

"formerlyAnon said...
Dang, girl, you trying to put the Did you draw the pattern yourself? (o.k., I know I'm straying, but I'm dying to be impressed if you say yes!)

You are welcome. Yes, I made the pattern."

Duly impressed!


Sewing Siren, I LOVE that! Any place we can see bigger pictures of your work?


I'm so used to seeing Project Runway sketches, which often look nothing at all like the final product. (Which, duh, considering the constraints of the show.)

Seeing such beautiful sketches that are so fully fleshed out and made real is just... I really don't know how to describe it. *fluttery sigh* probably comes closest.


Oh, this has pulled me out of lurking.
I love you, the drawings are more beautiful than anything. God, if only we were all like fashion-sketch aspen-legged types.


its been a shitty week in my world & this just made up for it. omg, so stunning.

thansk TLO.

xo


shinything said...
Where were these garments Oscar night???

TLo Said...
'Penelope Cruz wore dress #12. See pictures here'
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I'm kinda disappointed that none of the more 'wow' factor dresses didn't make the main red carpet or show, like the acid green organza.


Those dresses are exquisite! Absolutely gorgeous!


Is it bad I like the sketches better than the real thing? I feel that way a lot, though... I always like my own sketches better than my finished garments, haha.


Breathtaking! Best fashion eye candy I've experienced in a LONG time!


Wow these are gorgeous!!! I really enjoyed seeing the sketches, too.

Thanks for the eye candy!


Thank you for the Friday eye candy!


*drools*

Oh my god, those are beautiful!

I've got quite the obsession with fashion sketches and illustrations and always love to see how the final product looks in comparison. Although the dresses are exquisite and I'd love to wear every single one, nothing can top those sketches. They are unbelievably gorgeous, and have a fantastic, dreamlike quality that reality can only partly recreate. But insofar as it could, it did, resulting in some really amazing dresses.


I may have missed something because I skimmed over the comments, but it didn't look like anyone else had the same thought I did when I looked at these sketches:

Judy Noodles!


Which of the short, tight and shiny ones will we see Frau Seal donning at the next premiere?


Absolutely Beautiful!


This is an amazing spread, especially the sketches. I would love to know who drew them and what medium (media) was used. If any of you who are designers or fashion illustrators can answer this, I'd be very grateful.

Like many other posters, I'd like to see more features like this on Project Rungay. Thanks!


Doug, I thought of Leanne Marshall too.


Red short one: Tammie Brown.

Totally... .


This is really amazing, guys. Thank you. What else can I say?


RE: "embroider" vs. "embellish"


According to my Italian-English dictionary, the Italian word "abbellire" can be translated as either "embroider" (in the figurative sense - the sewing term is "ricamare") or "embellish".

I expect that there was simply an error in translation.


OH. MY. GOD. Breathtaking!


Gorgeous. And thought-provoking....I have questions which hopefully someone can answer.

1. Who is the actual genius who comes up with the designs....is it Donatella, or someone who works for her?

2. These dresses are beautiful art and I fantasize about being able to wear one. I will never have an event worthy of such dresses....and neither will anyone else, hence my question: where would something like the bouganville pink dress be worn? That one and most of the others are even too much for the Oscars (Marisa Tomei wore an amazing complex pleated Versace from an earlier collection to the Oscars, and it was proclaimed to be "too much dress"). Michelle Obama would be hard-pressed to come up with an event worthy of many of these dresses. So, then....who could wear these, and for what event? I know couture is pretty much fantasy and it is eventually diluted down to something wearable, but I'm still wondering if the original designs could be worn somewhere.


These gowns are all beautiful. WOW.


amazing!


I do really hate the veils over the models' faces though.


is it possible that a caterer in a small southern town need each and every one of those dresses, even though they probably don't make them in an elephantine size 4?


i think it is.

(new theory: italian and french models are like those plants that get all the water and nutrients they need from ambient air.)


Those dresses are absolutely beautiful and a breath of fresh air from the crap that so many other designers have been putting out this season.

And I came across that show about Chanel (all in French with subtitles!) on the Sundance Channel when I was on bedrest with my second child, and I was MESMERIZED! It was fascinating watching what goes into producing a couture show and King Karl is the absolute man of it all, imho.

Thanks for sharing the gorgeous collections!


Gorgeous Things said...Sewing Siren, I LOVE that! Any place we can see bigger pictures of your work? 3:51 PM

If there isn't a place, will you consider creating a blog on blogspot and posting your creations. I have often wanted to revisit some of your previous designs. Thank you.

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It is so exciting to know that there are folks out there who appreciate the drawing. That is one of the things I liked most about S1's Jay was his drawings. Didn't some of the PR designers make their sketches available to the public?


Versace aesthetic has changed, no? It has gone from dangerous and sexy to frou frou. I like both aesthetics, so I don't have a problem with it, but it is different.


*millions of kisses for you!*

Thank you thank you for this gorgeous eye candy!!!!!!!

Love each and every dress. Just stunningly beautiful.


What alien species are they using as models for their sketches. I don;t suppose human bone is strong enough to support limbs so long and busts so big. The dresses are pretty no doubt.


Sincerely- too gorgeous for words. All kinds of shit would be sacrificed to be the Versace muse and have all these clothes thrown at me every time there's an event *wanders off to dreamland*


Doug, thank you. i went to the comments just to see if anyone else saw "judy Noodles" in a few of the pieces.

Which came first?

Nancy


Judy Noodles turns out to be not so crazy after all.


Oh, gosh, I just started reading the above comments. Pretty stunning that not many others had an immediate "Judy Noodles" reaction.

My second reaction is that she would be as good a fit in this atlier as Austin is at Kenneth Poole.


was it just me or did dress #1 have a Leanne vibe?


Beautiful designs, I was holding off seeing the real thing, trying to imagine how the drawings could ever be translated into "real life". Stunning, all of them. More please!


oh god they are so beautiful, so interesting to see the sketches then the works, lovely vision.. so stunning!!!!


Beautiful post, Tlo!

I doubt Donatella sketched these, but a lot of designers and/or creative directors have illustrators in their team that work for them, or often the designer will dictate a design to an assistant to draw.

John Galliano is apparently a good illustrator.


Delightful! Like ice cream. (Says my 5 year old.)

I think these are absolutely stunning! Why weren't any of these on the red carpet at the Oscars this year?


*drools*

*is incoherent*

*want want want*


Fucking fabulous!!


Even though Donatella doesn't know what she's looking like herself, she knows how to make other people look great!


From dreamly like drawings depicting near fantasy perceptions to the final ends of bring together excellent qualities in dress design and subsequent modeling is all one can hope for. With ones eye on recent economic trouble one can only wonder now, as it also seems that both movies, rock music, and other art form and performers are steping up too with some of the best we not seen in decade. These gowns are simply beautiful and we all should have at least one to our closets.

RK


IMHO, this post is a great way for the blog to go (grow).

I say please pay less attention to fifteen minute-famers and feline flinging F-listers....some of us are honestly just facinated by the real design process :)

Signe Chanel was totally compulsive, another great example.....

(cc: bravo TV)


Guh. I covet.


One of my 6-year-old daughters commented that the first dress looks a lot like Cinderella's gown (a compliment, to be sure!) and the red one was "weird" I concur!


To me, it is items such as these that should silence any naysayers to the concept that fashion can be art. Sure, there really may be no good rationale for their existence, but damn if they don't just take your breath away! Such unique integrations of form and color.


The dresses are beautiful, but the sketches creep me out a little. The drawn women are the embodiment of the morbidly anorexic supermodel.


The dresses are beautiful, but the sketches creep me out a little. The drawn women are the embodiment of the morbidly anorexic supermodel.


WOW these are some AMAZING gowns. I can't even call them clothing. They are works of art. They are so beautifully rendered; just as the sketches depict them. How feminine and light and airy and still in some ways very dramatic. I would give anything to wear one of these gowns for a day. Thank you!!! This was a huge treat.


Saw the long Cage Dress at HARRODS London last week! It is Just at beautiful in person as it appears in the pictures


OMG!

The dresses are perfect! Kind of what you'd think a queen would wear!

Also, the models are chosen for their long legs and hourglass shapes. They are also naturally slender and thin. Their cheekbones are high, and their eyes are more or less further apart. But, yes, they do have curves, but, "barely there" ones. And yes, "normal" people are built that way. I am.

Personally, I like the acid green, magenta, and smokey gray dresses best. Too bad they are too pricey. And I have no good event to wear them too.

As for you, Bailey. If you can't say something that isn't nasty and cynical, don't bother saying it at all.


this was amazing, thanks so much for posting it :) :)


is it possible to buy any of these dresses? there amazing!


WOW.... you really inspire me to come out with my designs! I admire all of them. very unique and creative. Check out some of my designs at www.girlsense.com/boutiques/glossy805. Please send me an email telling me what you think. It would really mean a lot!!
Thanks,
Katelyn*.*





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