When planning what I’d wear during Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender, I was a little stumped on my outfit for being up on stage crowning the new Miss Viva Las Vegas Pin-Up winner. I wanted something on the fancier side, but not a gown and still appropriate for being out in the middle of the day. I also had to take into consideration that I’d be wearing my lilac sash from my win last year so picking out a complimentary colour was important.
I chatted to Linda McCarthy Studio about making me the dress and together we figured out the final design. I searched through Pinterest and found a picture of a vintage pattern and fell in love with the cross-over bust and shoulder bows. Then we needed fabric!
Linda was sorting through one of her many bags of fabrics and pulled out some off-cuts of a absolutely stunning emerald taffeta from a dress she made 2 years ago. That was it! I knew that was the colour and fabric but there was only one problem… sourcing it again! The store where Linda bought it no-longer had it in stock but thankfully she managed to find something very similar… and I’m so glad!
One of my favourite things about this dress is the skirt! I had a custom made Malco Modes petticoat that I wanted to wear underneath but it’s a seriously gigantic. It’s the Madeline style in the custom length of 30″. This much volume in the petticoat meant that there needed to be A LOT of fabric in the skirt. Linda gathered on multiple metres and I love the couture look of the skirt. I must admit, I knocked a few things off the table in the hotel when I put this on at Viva!
This dress turned out exactly how I imagined it to be and was perfect for the competition. Tony McKay Photography and I got together for this shoot a few weeks ago at Hamilton Gardens and I LOVED the Italian area- if you haven’t been, it’s a lovely place to wander around. Tony did a wonderful job at capturing the elegance of the dress and I love the entire set.
A big thank you to Linda for her hard work on the dress and to Tony for the photos! We shot a few more pieces on the same day so keep an eye out for them in the coming weeks.