I recently got a request from a customer to replicate a gown she saw on the internet, it was of Michelle Obama wearing a gorgeous black off the shoulder gown. I was pretty intrigued by the gown, it was elegant and stylish and also had the gorgeous 'mermaid' skirt attachment that's so popular back here in Zambia (and probably most parts of Africa) for occasion gowns made in our chitenge fabric.
The Vera Wang gown
The gown turned out to be a Vera Wang dress the First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) wore to the China State Dinner at the White House in September this year. The gown was custom made for Michelle Obama and featured a V-neckline, off the shoulder tulle sleeves and a draped organza skirt attachment. GORGEOUS!
FLOTUS working the gown!
...of course I had to work on one for myself too!
The Kombe Collection Replication
I used bazin fabric for the long bodice of the dress, though I would have actually preferred to use a suiting fabric to try and stay as close to texture as the original . But I was advised against that for several reasons so Bazin it was.
Bazin has a waxy appearance to it which can easily lead one to mistake it for a type of faux leather. That was actually my biggest problem with using it for this dress but it gave the gown that difference to it which looked just as good.
I maintained the drapped silk-textured organza, tulle style sleeves (with organza) and the V- neckline.
A fitting at home lead to an impromptu photoshoot at my front door. Here are our best shots, raw and unedited, off an iphone;
The skirt attachment took up a few good metres of fabric.
nailed it ?
Thanks for reading!