The eight garments for Spring 2012 pictured here were inspired by Rainbow Row in Charleston, SC, a line of 18th Century Georgian townhouses marching side by side in lively springtime colors. The juxtaposition of colors, seemingly without regard to any particular rule, is my favorite thing about Rainbow Row. This gave me the idea to juxtapose the two very different pink fabrics, the vibrant hot pink organza, and the equally vibrant coral sateen. I like how the two compete in an unexpected way.
Windows being so prominent in Georgian buildings, at least to my eye, I brought this idea into my designs in a subtle way with “panes” of color and cut-outs, as well as sheer layers that allow skin to show through. Additionally I echoed the Palladian-style archways in the seams of the bodices of the dresses. All of the garments are very symmetrical, another prominent characteristic of Georgian architecture.
Big thanks to my model, Taryn, who showed off these pieces beautifully!