2. A woman who buys an expensive dress and changes it, often with disastrous result, is extravagant and foolish.
Nearly everyday, some woman brings me an expensive dress and asks me to change it. Many times it is just for a better fit, but many times, the style doesn't suit her completely, so I change necklines, silhouettes, hemlines and any other number of things to better accommodate her tastes and comfort level. This is, after all, the mission of Restitch Studio and the reason I set out to do what I do!
However, I won't sit here and say that Elsa Schiaparelli is wrong. She isn't. As a designer, she is speaking with an intimate knowledge of the creative process and what goes into developing a design, even one that is seemingly straight forward. I think the key to changing a dress successfully is to understand the designer's point of view when the dress was created in the first place. Is the design supposed to be powerful? airy? contained? romantic? Staying true to that idea when changes are made, keeps garments that are changed from looking like a bad hack-job. Change the dress, not the feeling that goes with it.
Erdem Moralioglu's dress that Kristen Stewart wore as a mini-dress is a great example of failing to stay true to the designer's point of view. Erdem's designs are incredibly feminine and romantic, yet very modern. They are also impeccably cut and fit. In the picture below, (where Ms. Steward is presumably turning to show her best angle) You can see the poor fit, the digging at the waistline, the fabric stretched around her hips. I am not bashing Ms. Stewart. I am stating that the choice that either she (or her stylist) made to turn this airy, flirty, frock into a snug and short revealing mini-dress doesn't stay true to the idea of Erdem's collections. Ms. Steward wearing this dress doesn't look like a picture of modern femininity at all, she looks, well, uh, yeah (it's that thing about if you don't have something nice to say...)
I think the original Erdem dress would have suited her much better. And I think with what Elsa Schiaparelli's commandment 2 says, she would have agreed with me as well.
I'm Denise Meyer, apparel designer in State College, PA, saving the world one clothing problem at a time!