Last Sunday saw one of the biggest British awards ceremonies take place, the Bafta Film Awards. Often dubbed as the British Oscars, stars walked the red carpet in designer outfits with cameras flashing and journalists shouting 'who are you wearing?' before they sat down for the evening's event. Even if you didn't watch the awards themselves, it is always fun to flick through the paper or nowadays, scroll through the Internet and admire (or silently judge!) what dresses have been chosen by the celebrities. The same night saw the Grammy's take place in L.A so Monday morning gave me a plethora of outfits and Dressmaking choices to scrutinize.
I have to say that this year, the Grammy's were very disappointing on the fashion stakes. There were some unusual choices made by singers such as Katy Perry in a metallic and feather ensemble and Lady Gaga in a leather outfit that didn't leave much to the imagination (although to be fair, when does Lady Gaga ever wear something 'normal'?) and there wasn't one dress that I thought worked particularly well. The Baftas on the other hand saw some better Dressmaking choices and a number of celebrities looked stunning. Emily Blunt stood out in a Sarah Burton design which had a heavily embroidered bodice featuring birds and floral patterns with a tiered chiffon, full length skirt. With a simple up do, she had a air of 'Spanish dancer' to her. Another star that shone was Nicole Kidman who wore a simple and elegant black and metallic long gown with silver accessories. My most loved by far though was worn by one of my favourite actresses at the moment, Viola Davis, who I am currently enjoying watching in tv series How To Get Away with Murder. Viola, who won the best supporting actress award for her outstanding performance in Fences, wore a stunning bright blue Jenny Packham dress which stood out in a sea of black dresses. Jenny Packham has a well known Dressmaking style with flowing dresses, flattering necklines and beaded embellishments as standard and the gown she created for Viola was very much of her style. The strapless gown had a sweetheart neckline and with flowing chiffon to the floor, gave an understated sense of glamour.
If you have a special occasion to go to and would like to try and recreate Viola's gown from the Bafta awards then the best Dressmaking Fabric to use would be chiffon or georgette. Chiffon is a sheer fabric however when it is layered and lined it is the perfect fabric to create elegant and glamorous occasion wear such as bridesmaid dresses, prom dresses and even bridal gowns. One of the best Dressmaking materials from our chiffon range, for this dress, would be extra wide chiffon as you would be able to easily create a full length dress using this 150cm wide fabric. The extra wide chiffon is available in a number of stunning bright colours which would give you a similar 'stand out' look similar to Viola's.