Friday, April 25, 2014

Hundred Dresses In My Wardrobe

“A woman's dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”  Sophia Loren

When I was 15 years old I had a best friend, Anastasia. A beautiful, tall, leggy blond, straight A’s at school and with the most unusual sense of style I’d ever seen at that time. Bearing in mind that we both lived in a small town in Siberia circa 1993 when not many people had any idea of style at all. Clothes were supposed to fit two purposes: Be practical; and be warm. Everyone was wearing pretty much the same colours: Black, grey, brown. Boring!!! But, Anastasia had the most amazing clothes made of beautiful material, with colorful prints and vibrant colours. No, her parents were not diplomats travelling around the world; they were no more than modest music teachers. One day she told me a secret, that she made most of her clothes herself!!! After that I had no rest until one day after school we came to my house and in 3 hours created a dress for me. A very simple bright orange baby doll dress. That was the beginning of my new life and wardrobe.

My mum, like any Russian woman had a stack of various fabrics in her cupboard, hoping to take them to a tailor one day and turn into something amazing. I had different plans. Every day after school I was getting a new piece of material out of her drawer, and after lots of drawing, measuring, cutting, stitching and altering I had another addition to my fast growing collection of clothes.

This dress is one of my latest creations and I absolutely love the combination of short silk dress underneath and a see through maxi lace dress on top.

Photography by Nadia Solovova, Photographer in Dubai