Years ago I watched the film Priceless (in French Hors de Prix) and fell in love with EVERYTHING Audrey Tatou was dressed in. She looked elegant yet sexy and I decided when I could find the right base dress that I would DIY this gown:
Something to do with the combination of the grey with the gold…well it just drove me mad. Audrey has a body for sin and no fat so her version is very tight. Mine on the other hand is a little more forgiving. It’s a thrifted ASOS dress from a Fleas and Trees pop up sale in Paragon in Singapore. This is what it looked like originally:
For this project you will need: A base dress (halter or spaghetti strap works well), needle and matching thread, pins and gold cord.
Just a side note on my gold cord. I looked high and low for some great gold cord and Spotlight here in Australia was dismal. Their gold looked brassy and orange so I turned to my trusty friends at Wander and Hunt (more on my work with them soon…super excited) and they shipped from Hong Kong for me a perfect length of gold cord that would make even Audrey Tatou swoon.
Begin by flipping your dress inside out and folding over a piece of fabric that is wide enough for your cord to fit comfortably through. I didn’t want to cut the dress’s original straps away so I can convert it back to the original halter if I want. Pin down the perfect width.
From here I lightly tacked the pieces over (once again so I can remove the cord and unpick when I choose and wear the dress as originally intended).
Thread the cord through like this:
The loop will go around the back of your neck and the front will end up looking like this:
Pull the two front strands up and tie around the back:
I added a waist strap as there was enough cord:
I wore the dress out to Nobu here in Perth. Here’s a few instagram pictures (follow me there @simoneheng):
Me holding my latest magazine cover out in Singapore now:
I wish I had taken more pictures in it but hopefully I will have more time soon.
Hope you liked this. Many thanks to Wander and Hunt for the gold cord and do keep your comments coming!