Design Competition

Elegance in Deep Purple

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The design challenge was to create a strapless evening dress using hand-painted silk-rayon velvet. Gradation dyeing was used first to establish the darkest purple at hemline; then the undyed bodice area was painted with fabric dyes in a large-scale floral design. Flowers were positioned after the darts were positioned and marked so the floral design was not compromised by seaming. Fabrics for the shawl were hand-dyed and pleated using the traditional Japanese Shibori method.


How to Cite: Sparks, D. & Murray, P. (1998) “Elegance in Deep Purple”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings. 1999(2).