.Many of my ideas for evening dresses derive from the History of clothing
Through my research of The Folklore garments of Asian and Middle Eastern peoples’, I created my own interpretation developing a contemporary line
I have been fascinated with the symbolism and meaning of traditional clothing and the development of pattern making through the ages.
.The first evening dress I designed was the Half dress
The idea originated from the Indian tradition of having the shoulders exposed which is considered provocative, but revealing your tummy or hip is in the norm. Even today, you can distinguish a married women from an unmarried through
her dress codes.
Usually I make the evening dresses made to order, so I would adjust the lines of the dress to your figure, choosing the exact positioning of the vertical line, the shape of the cleavage, length of dress and so on...
This dress can be made in a knit ( as pictured here), or in a fabric:giving it a more tailored look,using my
special Art Chart Fabrics
The traditional Tibetan Chupa was the inspiration for this dress.
Each dress is a OOAK since I use different
trimmings and embroidery strips, which I have collected during my travels
In this dress I have been experimenting with geometrical shapes : triangular , rectangle and trapeze. Combined them into contrasting soft & stiff fabrics . It's my favorite way to invent a new design..
The attached scarf has been inspired by the traditional Sarong worn in so many different cultures. It is attached to the back and there are a few variations on the theme.
The Arabian Night Dress is my best seller,
I am still amazed how one dress can be flattering to so many different shaped women and their individual sizes
Even though I have sold so many of these dresses, not one set resembles the other, since I combine different color waistbands & brocade belts. The color combination of the dress itself also is varied with the under layer.
:Here too, there are a few ways to wear this dress
It is important to me that you will feel comfortable wearing Shihar's Evening Collection , so you can dance and enjoy your event, and not worry about your dress or the way you
As a conscious being, I care that you will be able to enjoy the dress after the event too, purchasing a garment for long term use, therefore thereare different ways you can mix and match the versatile items.
Looking back through the history of folklore clothing not only inspires me ,but also helps me to visualize the future of clothing with new ideas for
futuristic designs, and that's exciting!
...I Would love to hear from you and find out
what your sources of inspiration are!
or any other thoughts you may of had while reading this post