You may remember that earlier this year I was asked to make a very special dress from the escape and evade maps. I am delighted to now be able to share the full story with you and show you the pictures.
It all started at the Crafted by Hand Fair in July 2015. I was approached by fellow exhibitor, Hester Cox (who, by the way, does the most amazing collagraphs and prints, who came over to chat and was asking about map dresses… she asked if it was possible to have a bespoke dress made to order. “Of course” I said, “that would be no problem”. Hester mentioned something abut it being for a special occasion and I vaguely heard her say something about a wedding. “How lovely” I thought, “wearing a map dress for someone’s summer wedding – let’s hope she doesn’t outshine the bride!”.
Hmmm. It was a little later that I realised that Hester didn’t want an escape and evade map dress to wear to A wedding. She wanted an escape and evade map dress to wear to HERwedding.
At which point I needed a little lie down in a dark room. And a gin.
Luckily, not only is Hester the nicest and most chilled out person to work with, she is also absolutely gorgeous and quite fankly would have looked great wearing a bin bag.
We based the design on a summer dress that Hester owned and loved, but we made the skirt a little fuller for extra ‘swish’ when she danced – and Hester chose a gorgeous contrasting colour silk to line the dress which gave a fabulous pop of colour.
Hester got married to Brian on the 2nd July this year and has very kindly allowed me to share photos of the wedding with you, taken by photographer Jo Denison
It is a simple wrap over style, unlined and in the most amazing condition. The best part is the note that came with it that reads: