Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Daily Dress: Amanda Palmer in Jeffrey Sebelia

Today's Daily Dress was nominated by a reader, and who am I to deny the people what they want? This is a picture of Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls wearing a dress by Jeffrey Sebelia, winner of Project Runway in 2006. This photo was tweeted by her husband, writer Neil Gaiman, who always writes all sorts of romantic things about his lovely wife, like "In a taxi, @amandapalmer in her glorious @jeffreysebelia dress. In 5 hours we part for a month. I miss her already." Awww.

This seems to be the retail version of this dress in black and white from Sebelia's winning Project Runway collection, which was said to be made with a rare Japanese fabric and had yellow zippers inserted into the seams for a touch of punk.
I think this is a lovely use of grainline manipulation with the bold stripes, and the dress takes on a sort of edgy Victorian (dare I say Steampunk?) vibe in the black and white colorway.

22 comments:

  1. HELL YEA AMANDA F***ING PALMER!!!!!!!!

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  2. LOVE Amanda Palmer, LOVE this dress, and LOVE that Neil is so sweet about her!

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  3. Geeky Sweetheart, you took the words right out of my mouth! Gorgeous dress on very cool lady.

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  4. I've always LOVED this dress and I've always hoped they'd make a similar version for (affordable) retail.

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  5. gorgeous! what a beautiful story too

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  6. I just watched a marathon of this season yesterday and drooled over that dress all over again. How funny to see it up here today. I really, really wish my sewing skills were advanced enough to knock it off. It's so me it hurts.

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  7. Love the black and white version and the romantic story!! BTW - Love anything Steampunk, too!

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  8. Amanda and Neil are so cute! I'm not a fan of the dress, though, something about the cut of the bodice doesn't appeal to me.

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  9. I knew you'd find a way to connect it to the puppy corsets!

    (I also figured you would be helpless in the thrall of stripes...)

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  10. I usually loath anything steampuk, but really that's because it's never so much fashion inspiration, but a costume. This is steampunk fashion done right! Anything more and you look like you are in line for comic con! Love the multi direction stripes.

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  11. Love the dress. Love Amanda Palmer. Also, I had no idea that she was married to Neil Gaiman - cool!

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  12. I'm and so down with stripes this season - especially since seeing your lovely blue striped creation. PS - I want that dress. I completely agree that the manipulation of stripes here is something of genius. I love the big diamond right in the middle of everything too. Great dress!

    xoxo,
    Sunni

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  13. Wow. I am loving that dress!

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  14. The stripes are so nice in this fabric. Probably totally out of reach for the average sewist. It might work in a polished cotton for summer though. Trendy but with a 50's type of flair.

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  15. <3 Amanda Palmer. And the dress.

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  16. It is a lovely dress. I have been meaning to make something similar, but have not yet come across the right fabric. Amanda does look great in it!

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  17. The black and white version looks great on Amanda Palmer, and I must say I like it more than the original... because it looks so great on her.

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  18. I was home sick on Monday and watched the marathon of this season again. I love this dress. I really disliked Jeffrey's personality on the show, but I still love his collection.

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  19. This dress reminds me of McCall's 5292 (super cheap pattern)and that pattern has a cute back too.

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  20. I love Jeffrey Sebelia! And STRIPES. I had almost forgotten about this dress ... it used to taunt me in my dreams, and I guess now it will again!

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  21. I loved this dress when it was on Project Runway and I love it even more now. What a gorgeous photo, and I <3 Amanda Palmer.

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