French designer Sylvie Facon creates custom-made dresses that are fit for a fairytale. Her specialty practice involves embellishing delicate silk gowns with embroidery, beading, and even painting. One of her most recent creations features a romantic depiction of a bucolic, European landscape framed by a leafy border.
The finished piece required over 190 hours of meticulous work. However, when you take a closer look at the garment, it is easy to see why it required so much time. Facon used the entire bodice as a canvas, starting with transforming the bust into a blue-and-pink sky that is dotted with tiny sequens and semi-opaque white clouds, and covering the area below with a vision into a romantic destination.
Two tall and verdant trees are the first details that catch the viewer's eyes. Facon fills their crown of leaves with numerous knots and beads to create a three-dimensional texture that shimmers in the light. Behind their branches is a painting of rolling hills littered with shrubs and flowers, and a vision of a tall gray church or castle poking out in the distance. The entire picture is cradled inside the dellicate frame of a pair of brown-colored leaves, which are also adorned with a speckling of sequins.
While the bodice of this dress is the centerpiece, the rest of the garment's design is equally glamorous in style. For instance, attached to the shoulders is a translucent, emerald-green cape with a metalic vine detail that flutters over the wearer's arms and back, effortlessly. Similarly, the skirt of the dress features some of the same silvery vines along the hips, and a gradient that darkens towards the bottom of the frock.