Conscious buying is a topic at the tips of everyone’s tongues. However NZ designer Andrea Moore takes this one step further by creating fabric prints that really tell a story. Hence this post about the dress that tells a story.
Visiting Andreas studio in Ponsonby, Auckland, I was in awe at the lovely designs created there. Often the designs start basic and then season after season they are added to or slightly modified to continue a story or meaning.
Keep reading to find out the story.
The Dress that Tells a Story
This dress is called the “Roseweb Dress” and belongs to the “Dangerous Garden” print collection.
The snake on the dress was one of the first features of this pattern. Giving it an Asian influence which is then enhanced by giving the dress Kimono sleeves. The pattern also reflects contrast. Andrea being particularly fascinated in how the meaning and understanding of plants can contrast and change. A simple example being Rhubarb – once considered poisonous it’s now commonly used in baking.
The snake itself has many different meanings. Considered as being evil in the story of Adam and Eve – manipulating Eve to bite into the apple. In contrast the Japanese culture sees the snake as a symbol of rejuvenation and fertility. The Snake is also one of the main characters in the Chinese Horoscope.
The roses on this dress are a reminder of the time Andrea spent in Japan.
Personally I love the fact that this is a dress for all seasons… I love wearing it in Summer but it actually belongs to the NZ Winter collection.
Teamed here with booties and woollen jacket – both also Andrea Moore.
Due to the complexity of the print each one of these dresses ends up being unique in it’s own way. Have a look on the Andrea Moore website and you’ll see what I mean about each dress being different.
Outfit: Andrea Moore – one of my favourite NZ designers.
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