The red rose dress was the first look of the collection and made from paper bags. The top was decorated with red sparkle tissue paper and laced up in the back. The skirt part of the dress had hand painted rose flower pedals that bloomed on stage (see video above). A good deal of thought and engineering went into this design, it was not only about creating the look. I wanted the audience to experience Primavera, the rebirth of beauty.
The corset top and floral hi-low skirt was the second and final look of the collection. The intricate corset top was created from hand weaving flower stems. The skirt was created from pasting magazine pages together and using my pattern making skills to achieve the desired silhouette. The skirt was completed with an array of over 40 bouquets of fake flowers. I also created the accessories for the designs which included a floral headband and a flower stem necklace. The collection in total took almost 3 full days to create.
I had a lot of fun creating these designs. The show was an overall success. We also had a very unexpected guest, Lamar Odom (Lamar Odom attended the University of Rhode Island and played college basketball for the Rhode Island Rams before being drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in 1999). I was so happy to have this unique platform to express my inner artist. Eco-Chic's mission is to promote awareness through fashion.