Behind The Making of Our Camille Dress
Continuing with our #DVFCraft series, we explore the unique design process and custom print behind our Camille Dress.
Created from start to finish in our New York design studio, our Harlow print comes to life in this diaphanous, printed mesh, heavily ruched, midi-length dress.
THE HARLOW PRINT
Our Harlow print is a fluid, hand-painted, romantic rendering of lilies that captures the flower’s abundant quality.
A line drawing of the lilies is scanned into a digital file, and then infused with fresh colors such as juniper green, ivory, and yellow. This file is shared with the expert producers who specialize in screen-printing.
Large silk screens are hand-loaded with custom-mixed dyes and the traditional technique of screen-printing is used to transfer the Harlow print onto stretchy nylon mesh fabric.
The pattern is printed and overprinted multiple times in order to achieve rich, dense colors.
To determine the shape and fit of the dress, a prototype mesh fabric is draped on the mannequin—think of it like an artist doing a sketch before she picks up her paintbrush to begin the real thing.
Once the silhouette is determined, pattern pieces are used to trace and cut out precise shapes of nylon mesh that combine to form the dress. The pattern pieces for our Camille Dress are much bigger than you would think and use more material, because once they are sewn together, they are ruched into a svelte, slinky dress.
To create the ruching, strings are threaded through the dress—one down the middle seam on both sides, one down the inside seam of each arm, and one on each side seam. The strings are then pulled to gather the fabric and, ultimately, create the ruching effect.
Complete with a soft V-neck, slit sleeves, and a midi length, our Camille Dress is comfortable, versatile, and made for movement.