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 which joins the front panels underneath the chest,and draping to the ground.
The dress has six panels under the breast and back pieces joining to the three main body panels. Together, shaping the dress. While the traditional kaftan achieves the famine shape through a sturdy, and elaborately embroidered belt that gathers its plentiful fabric snugly fitting around the chest and waist. It is in contrast with 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, interpretation of feminine curves, draws attention to the female form and the gown. For example, 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.
Colours are important, they reflect vibrancy: turquoise, emerald green, aqua, coral, shades of blue, which I love are perfect for the dress. 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.
Consider fabrics with a lustre and that drape well, or sturdy enough to hold their shape such as velvet then mixed the two.
I haven’t included accessories because the sketch is unfinished….
Asilah: arts Festival 2008 hapeslaborately nd xc