Mooshi Wins 3rd Prize in Tessuti Awards
In August 2013, Mooshi made its debut in the Tessuti Awards in Australia and won 3rd prize – a Tessuti Fabrics gift voucher worth $500.00! The entry was a vintage inspired bespoke couture dress made of red French polyester taffeta.
Mooshi’s Tessuti Awards Design
Mooshi’s design is inspired by the fashions and photography of two influential decades of 20th century fashion: the 1940’s and the 1960’s.
The peplum is inspired by a dress designed by Piguet and worn by model Dorien Leigh standing beautifully poised in front of a mirror in Helena Rubinstein’s apartment in 1949.
The neckline and fitted bodice are inspired by an image taken in 1961 of model Margot McKendry wearing a dress by Lanvin-Castillo standing amongst a crowd of French Press photographers. The photographer of both images was none other than Richard Avedon.
The dress took over 100 hours to make and was definitely a labour of love.
The bodice is made with a layer of cotton flannel – one of the couture esssentials, and boned with German quality spiral wire boning.
The skirt is underlined with silk satin organza to give it body and volume. Silk organza is another one of the essentials of couture.
The lining is hand stitched at the seams and understitched around the edges of the bodice neckline and armholes. The zip is also hand stitched in place, with the lining taken as far as the underside of the zipper teeth for a clean finish.
You can have your very own Mooshi Tessuti dress in one of Mooshi’s ready-to-wear sizes or as a special bespoke fitting. Please visit my Boutique to find out more about this beautiful dress.
A special thank you goes to my beautiful model and niece Marion and my family for their support during the making of this competition dress x.