In a fashion forward movement, flowers are taking over high fashion runways. Decadent colour, innovative design and inspiring vision, these dresses are top notch in artistic design.
Here are my top five favorite picks for posie-inspired gowns.
1.Coming in at number one is this haute couture Alexander McQueen silk and fresh flower gown from his Spring 2007 collection. A gown as innovative as this could only be inspired by one of nature’s most beautiful creations: flowers. Using silk and fresh roses, hydrangeas, and peonies, this dress was on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It was also featured in Vogue’s May 2011 issue in the article about the designer, McQueen.
Quoted from The St. Louis Wedding Insider, “This dress was made with 5,500 flowers; white Calla lilly, white hydrangea, white eskimo rose, pink Rosita vendela rose, phalaenopsis orchid, and gardenia. It was 11 feet high and 4 feet in diameter. It took 200 man hours to create. ”
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3. A “mobile garden dress,” created by environmental artist Nicole Dextras for the 2011 Vancouver International Children’s Festival. The Mobile Garden Dress was conceived as a self-sustaining garden and portable shelter for the new urban nomad, complete with pots of edible plants and a hoop skirt that converts into a tent at night. This garment is 100% compostable and recyclable.
“The weedrobes’ (clothing created out of fauna and flora) philosophy is based on being a free thinker, creating one’s own style, while also raising awareness about the impact of industry on our system. It may be impractical to wear leaves but our future depends on the creation of garments made from sustainable resources.”
4- This next collection of dresses combines the ever-growing eco friendly movement with the fresh look of flowers. Fashion designer Mattijs van Bergen and landscape architect Anouk Vogel used recycled bicycle inner tubes to artistically hold the luscious blooms in place. The collection was made for a very special exhibition “Fashion & Architecture” held at the Amsterdam Centre for Architecture in 2010.
5. Another incredible dress by Nicole Dextras is titled the “Yucca Prom Dress”, created with Yucca leaves, flower and thorns, and includes a pair of matching shoes.
Check out http://www.nicoledextras.com for more of Dextras creative ingenuity.