We had to immediately dash several ideas. Like, deep, dark sapphire blue, which was Ed's hope, but sadly will probably never be an obviously lightweight choice. Bonnie had polled both of her coaches about what her gown might include and teacher Scott Anderson suggested she "Go Gold!" Given Bonnie's beautiful light blonde hair, we decided on a soft platinum gold, (the third gown in my golden autumn trifecta) and went hunting for fabric that was light and metallic at the same time. Bonnie found this beautiful gold-embossed organza locally, and I approved! I offered the metallic gold slinky for the bodice. I was pleased that Bonnie chose asymmetrical style lines for her gown, and happy to balance and support them with the diagonal hemline of the overskirt and the creamy french vanilla mesh of the left sleeve. Asymmetrical gowns are visually in motion before the dancing begins, and usually a plus for the wearer.
Bonnie showed me the hemline of a beautifully detailed British gown with bits of feather and fabric floating along the topskirt hemline and I created some organza leaf shapes and vanilla spiral fringe to make our own floaty statement at Bonnie's hem, applied to a pale gold charmeuse underskirt.
Bonnie did her own rhinestone application, after we applied the large sew-on jewels to the edges of the bodice and skirt for her, and did a great job, while keeping the cost of her gown reasonable. She did all the Crystal AB fill-in at the borders, as well as the guilding of the metallic gold slinky bodice and sleeve with Swarovski Light Topaz AB.
Bonnie's gown needed to serve for both American Style Smooth and for International Standard. Standard style dancing is done in hold so the costumes often include wings or floats for the ladie's gown. We created detachable floats (very "floaty" floats, given the lightness of the organza!) for the gown that will be used for Standard and removed for Smooth style dancing.
A super treat for me is to be able to show you Bonnie in her new gown, (in its International Standard Configuration) dancing with Ed! You can see their Quickstep at Minnesota Madness by clicking on the link below. They begin their heat at the far corner of the room. Enjoy!