This outfit was designed by a client who needed it to attend an Aries Ball (celebrating the astrological sign). She wanted a Chinese-inspired look with a modern twist. She requested a color-scheme of bright reds, oranges, creams, and a touch of jade green. It consists of an under dress, an overcoat, and an obi. The under dress is made of crepe-backed satin in a vibrant red color, with a bodice made of upholstery jacquard in a darker shade of red. The top of the bodice is decorated with crepe-backed satin, and trimmed with gold cording. The super-full skirt, gathered into the bodice, gives the dress a very elegant appearance. The over coat is made of dupioni silk in an iridescent orange color, with triple sleeves of orange, jade green, and cream-colored silk chiffon. The chiffon sleeves hang almost to the ground, and resemble the sleeves on traditional Chinese attire. The overcoat is fully lined in dupioni silk in an elegant gold color. The mandarin-styled collar of the coat is lined with faux sheepskin to tie it to the “Aries” theme. The dupioni silk obi is made of red and gold, with gold cording separating the layers. It is lined with two layers of heavy cotton canvas for stability, and laces up the back for a perfect fit.
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