Kaftan Tracks Erte:
An elegant number; reminiscent of Erte
In this piece, only an accent of the Kaftan is spotted in the decorative ribbon running along the boarders and hem,joining the front panels underneath the chest,and draping to the ground.
The dress has six small tailored panels attached to the breast and back pieces, which join to the three main body panels. Together, shaping the dress. In the traditional kaftan the famine shape is achieved through a sturdy, and elaborately embroidered belt that gathers its plentiful fabric to snugly fit around the chest and waist, rather than through the intricacies that are found in classical European tailoring.
(Kaftan Sensuality v Gothic Sublimity provides an overview of the difference and similarities in the two traditions) .
Either way, through classical tailoring or the belt, it all amounts to more than just an interpretation of feminine curves, but in fact draws attention to that form and the gown. The panels, in this dress form the way the drapery falls to the ground flirting with the body while contributing to the elegance of the piece.
I love the colours: turquoise, emerald green, aqua, coral, shades of blue Though, in the post, they don’t appear as vibrant as they could . The colours should be as intense as possible, to add extra depth and sheen. Pastels and other colours work just as well.
Fabrics should include those that drape well, or sturdy enough to hold their shape such as velvet.
I haven’t included accessories because the sketch is unfinished….
Asilah: arts Festival 2008 hapeslaborately nd xc