// for claire

November 8, 2012

Image two courtesy of Carolyn Murphy by Koray Birand for Harper’s Bazaar Turkey April 2012 via fashiongonerogue.com

In May of this year, I was given the awesome opportunity to create my first (!) commissioned piece for some dear friends. When they sent me this image of Carolyn Murphy on the cover of Harper's Bazaar Turkey April 2012 as inspiration, I felt slightly out of my league, but there's just something really difficult about turning down a challenge. 

The hardest (and most stressful) part was setting out to find a fabric that could hold a candle to the dress on the cover! I had an amazing stroke of luck by coming across this antique Venetian lace. With only days away before prom night, we decided to leave the sleeves out as the temperature reached a steady 90 degrees in early June. 

At their request, we chose a bright coral lining. I was so amazed by the final result, I literally must've snapped a million photos in awe of how beautiful she looked walking around the yard. It was surreal.

Needless to say, it was a major success in that we were able to design something that was s p e c i a l and not just a poofy prom dress. Another testament to how imperative vintage is when it comes to creating your own, inimitable style.


  1. I just discover your blog on Chictopia and I really love it! That dress is simply amazing!
    Following you on Bloglovin!

    Kisses, Lucy:)

    1. So sweet of you!! Thks so much <33