In Standard, the competing is done entirely in closed hold. The lady dances in front of the gentleman, slightly offset to his right side, and does not separate from him while dancing. So the back of the gown is as important as the front, if not more so, since the back is seen exclusively, except between dances, when the couple separates. His hand covers her right shoulder blade (or thereabouts) and so, the right side of the back is the best place for sparkle and detail. In this case, his hand fits beneath the epaulette, and is partially masked by the generous wing.
As we hunted through fabric catalogs and looked at current styles published by my favorite supplier, we happened across a gown that seemed to have many of the attributes we were talking about. It was black, but also had some white. It was intensely sparkly, to help it stand apart from all the tailsuits on the floor. And it was certainly elegant. With that as a basis for action, we made minor adjustments to accomodate Tracy's specific needs, and had a design we both thought was a just right fit for our goal.
Tracy says "I love the boldness of the gown - people say it's unlike anything they've seen in Standard. And I love the volume of the skirt. People also said Scott and I look great together in it because we're both all in black and white. And he brought out his tailsuit for the occasion."
So, Tracy has a gown she loves, elegant, visible, and beautiful. And we were thrilled to make it! Now that she has a new Smooth gown, and a dedicated Standard gown, I am hoping that a new Rhythm gown might be on tap for 2014!