Morpho Butterfly Gown
This has been a dream project for years; I loved the look of the sack-back 'robe à la française' and wanted to turn the back pleats into butterfly wings, inspired by the Blue Morpho butterfly. Of course upon doing research I found that I had to modify the historical design quite a bit to get that effect.
It was really difficult to find the right fabric; that was the reason this was on the back-burner for so long. The only place I was able to find a two-tone silk in bright blue/black was Silkbaron.com; they have colour combos I haven't seen anywhere else. I hand-painted the gradient effect.
Everything is made by me, including all the underpinnings.