Claire Pettibone's Fall 2012 collection is called Windsor Rose China. Sounds a little bit English royal and a little bit exotic Asian doesn't it? Well I picked this gown as the one that was most eye catching to me, and while I don't see a whole lot of Asian or English influences, I do see a whole bunch of floral.
I love this gown in particular and I was considering saving it for Dream Dress Friday, but I figure Wednesday is a good a day as any to feature it!
The mermaid style silk gown has all-over embroidered lace and makes great use of the floral applique to frame and decorate the sheer back panel. The lace is also used to trim the upper, uneven hemmed tier of the mermaid skirt.
I find this gown a bit 1940's style because although it is clearly a mermaid silhouette, it is also has a bias cut bodice. If you observe below, there is a sweetheart, gathered empire bodice but no waist line, and since the gown drapes so closely to the body that indicates to me it is bias cut.
Each time I see a Claire Pettibone gown I am blown away by the intricate level of detail and this gown is no exception, Miss Pettibone has done it again!
Credits: Claire Pettibone F2012 Windsor Rose China collection, style "Viola".