I remember poking through fabric shops in Melbourne when I was about 11 with my mother, searching for material to decorate my tutus with. Baby Heidi had only one pre-requisites for the fabric: it had to sparkle.
There were french laces embroidered with seed pearls, rolls of raw silk glittering with diamantés galore and the most decadently coloured, sequin encrusted brocades. I’d pushed fabrics like this firmly into the “ballet costume” basket, until I started noticing Alannah Hill turning these sorts of embellished materials into dresses.
Whenever something like this appears in their collection, I covert it. I think it’s rare to find dresses featuring such beautiful decoration that aren’t reminiscent of a high school formal gown. They almost have a 1920’s vibe, a modern-day Gatsby dress, and I can see them paired with a faux fur stole for an ultra glamorous look, or with more casual accessories for more versatility.
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Either way, it’s hard to go wrong with such a special dress that adds a little bit of a sparkle to a girl’s wardrobe.