Post # 1
As some of you know I have been in the process of designing a dress for a little while now. With a silk crepe, bias cut, 1930’s-esque silhouette in mind It was decided that the back of the dress would replicate Naomi Neoh’s Beatrix but we weren’t convinced on the cowl front.
I put it out there to all the Bees asking for suggestions about how they would change the neckline (more than once and have posted something very similar to this in another thread) and all the answers suggested a Sweetheart neckline.
With that in mind I was originally thinking of adpating it to a sweetheart Lace illusion neckline (so that the lace would follow through to the back) – something similar to Nicole Miller’s Lauren as pictured below.
But tonight I came across this photo of Grace Kelly and my jaw dropped!
Do you think this retro take on a sweetheart neckline could work with the back detailing of Naomi Neoh’s Beatrix?
Any thoughts Bees?! What would you do in designing this vintage inspired dress?
TIA! Cheers Bees.
Post # 3
@justjade: Can you tell us what your body type is? I think they all look very pretty but could look more flattering on certain body types.
Post # 4
I like the illusion on the Lauren best- so pretty!
Post # 5
Without knowing your body shape, I would stick with the original Beatrix neckline. I feel all of the elements of the dress come together perfectly. I think the cowl neck works beautifully with the silk charmeuse-type fabric, it just drapes in a really lovely way.
Personally I think the illusion neckline (#2) is too plain, it changes the entire feel of the dress. It makes it much less 1930s-esque.
With the Grace Kelly, I think you’ll run into problems with the fabric. It looks like that kind of structured neckline would require a much stiffer fabric than the silk I’m assuming you’re using for your dress. I also don’t think it would fit with the bias cut (it’s kind of 1950s meets 1930s and I don’t know if that works comfortably). Also, I think a real life interpretation of that neckline might run the risk of turning into a Minnie Mouse silhouette!
Finally – what about something like this, if you want more of a sweetheart neckline, how about with a lace overlay like this Elie Saab? Obviously with a bit more coverage! Or look to Jenny Packham, I think the bodices and necklines her 1930s-stye gowns would lend easily to your dress.
Post # 6
I like the Beatrice with the Lauren front.
I can picture this and think it will look so beautiful.
I can’t really imagine the Grace Kelly front matching such a delicate back
Post # 7
@peonyinparis: I would say for want of a better term that the body shape is very much hourglass. Even bust and hips with substantially smaller waist!
I do love that Elie Saab dress- Im just not sure that the chiffon of the bodice would go with the silk crepe of the bottom?! Beautiful though.
Any thoughts of necklines like these?
Something even more basic like the Giorgio Armani dress Katherine Heigl Rocks?
Or back to basics with a higher neckline like Sarah Seven’s Sterling?
Post # 8
@justjade: I second what @peonyinparis said. The Grace Kelly look, while gorgeous, isn’t really 1930s, and would need a lot more boning.
The sweetheart neckline like the Katherine Heigel is more 1930s. So would be a v-neck. Both of these would suit an hourglass figure.
The higher neckline is very 1930s, but probably isn’t going to show off your figure to its best extent – though it could if you had some draping at the bodie.
To be honest though, I like the cowl the best. But it probably won’t show off your boobs and hourglass figure like a sweetheart or v-neck would.
You could also do a combination of both. I am having a 1930s inspired dress and I am having a very deep v-neck that goes to the underbust area, with a swetheart shaped modesty panel underneath. Like this (but v-neck instead of halter):
Post # 9
@clairebbbear: Thanks for your reply. Did you attach a picture? Cause I cannot see it.
Post # 10
@justjade: Oh that’s weird – I can see it on my screen. Try again:
Post # 11
@clairebbbear: Got It! STUNNING!