This is the story of a dress. A dress I made way back in 2015 for our Drama Club’s play “Das Traumbuch” (engl.: “The Book of Dreams”). The character it accompanied was called Bandras, the evil sister of Lenaia — her good-willed antagonist. A villain literally causing nightmares as she travels through innocent people’s dreams, destroying anything positive crossing her way.
Innovative as I am, I chose black as the base colour for the gown — by the way, the first gown I’ve ever made — because black = evil badass. What other reason could there be that makes me wear all black almost everyday? Kidding, it also looks hella chic. To accentuate Bandras’ temper, strong personality and to reference an iconic colour combination for villains — think of Cruella De Vil — I added red details in various textures. From a shiny, slightly holographic satin sash I advanced to yet another reference to Asian culture in my designs, by incorporating a wrapped collar, lined with the same red fabric. Taking a really close look, you can spot the tiny hand-sewn Swarovski crystals I seasoned the lace detailing with. Originally, there should have been bold velvet shoulder pads adorning the shoulders of the dress. Unfortunately, this plan didn’t work out, so I took the McQueen-route and added red feathers instead.
Stand up for yourself
Although this is one of my earlier works, I’m still quite satisfied with it’s ability to represent the aesthetic message I want to convey: The vision of strong women, standing up for themselves, their rights and beliefs, not caring about societies standards but rather establishing their own.
In the context of Chinese culture and my favourite movie “villain” Miranda Priestly from The Devil wears Prada, an accurate title for this costume could be “The Dragon Lady”. Though, I don’t consent with the idea of Miranda nor the woman her character is based off being called this way for doing their job, while men in comparable positions aren’t being picked at for taking business serious. At least dragons are symbols for strength and bring luck to those worthy of it. Therefore: Go, Dragon Ladies of the world!
Lary Rauh gown.
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