2015 KRISTA DRESS

The dress walking down the Honolulu Fashion Week runway

What started as an interest in traditional Hawaiian feather hat band making (lei hulu) turned into a year long project to create a gown made entirely of feathers. The vision came to me suddenly. I didn't know exactly how I would construct it but I drew up a sketch inspired by Lloyd Meudell's wave photography (@lloydmeudell) anyhow. 

I knew I wanted the dress to have a lot of movement. I wanted to showcase the feathers and their amazing colors. With this in mind, I created a sort of peplum with curves and lines to resemble waves. The bottom of the dress is asymmetrical, again drawing from the shape waves take when they crash. 

Though I had many feathers at my disposal I chose to work with cool and iridescent feathers that might feel like the different moods of the ocean. Green for those rich, murky waters. Blue for the deep, high seas. Blue grey for the cloudy days and then the darker colors with hints of orange for the ocean at sunset. 

Each feather on this dress was trimmed to 1 and a half inches then individually sewn onto the dress base with three stitches. 

Hundreds of hours were spent hand stitching thousands of feathers.

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