In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth–but in the beginning of this story there was a little green dress. For as long as I could remember I have always wanted to create beautiful clothing and share these creations with the world. A few years ago my dream became a reality when I created this green dress, because this green dress was the first garment I've ever created. The lime green Dutch Wax Print Vlisco fabric, also known as Ankara fabric, is an ode to my African heritage. Ankara is a fabric that is commonly used in traditional African attire, and being one of African decent I have a tendency to incorporate African influenced techniques and textiles into garments that I design and construct. Whenever I set out to design a dress an interesting back and a little sparkle is sort of a necessity– the whimsical gold beading and the open back on this dress fulfills said requirement.
Initially, when I made this dress a few years ago it wasn't so little, it was actually a was floor length pleated maxi with a high slit. Since this was my first dress the construction was very poor–so I only wore it once and it never saw the light of day again. After years of sitting in my closet I decide to revamp the dress. The long maxi pleating with the Ankara fabric was very unforgiving, wrinkled easily, and possessed minimal movement and that's why I decided to shorten the hem. Since the time that I initially made the dress my sewing skills had improved significantly which enabled me to fix all construction issues. And of course I just had to add some pockets! Now, my dress was ready to soak up the sun.
I paired the dress with some black Dolce Vita gladiator heels whose gold accents mimicked the beading of the dress and used left over beads along with a broken hoop earring to add a little arm shimmer to the look. One of the trademarks of my styling is to use whatever resources I have available and re-purpose them, just like I did with this broken hoop earring turned bracelet on my left, your right.
Oh yeah, in case you were wondering how the original dress looks, here it is above. Which look do you prefer the long maxi or the little green dress? Cause I'm dying to know.
P.S. Thank you so much for stopping by, hope it won't be the last.
Photographs by my amazing brother: @bearthecrowns.