I’m very excited to be able to share this at last – it’s been so hard to keep the finished dress a secret …
Here is the much-anticipated reveal of the Miss Universe Australia dress made by couturier Rudolf Ramseyer, using fabric which I eco dyed at his request. I am absolutely thrilled with what he’s done with it, and how beautiful it looks worn by Tasmanian entrant Stephanie King. [Photos by Rudolf Ramseyer; silk chiffon from Ruche Fabrics]
After sharing this exciting news on my personal Facebook page I feel it is now time to go public! I have been approached by couturier Rudolf Ramseyer to collaborate with him on the dress for Tasmania’s entrant in Miss Universe Australia. He has asked me to eco dye several metres of silk chiffon (sourced from Ruche Fabrics – http://ruchefabrics.com.au), which he will then make into a one-off creation that will reflect the colours of our beautiful state. I am absolutely thrilled to be asked, as you can imagine! To find out more about Rudolf, please visit his website – http://rudolfcouture.com.
Finished! Here is a short video of my free cut Julian Roberts-style tunic, made from eco dyed cotton interlock and woven cotton. Fabric dyed beforehand; layered with 3 kinds of eucalyptus, blackberry, fire bush and blackwood leaves; wrapped around an iron bar and slow cooked in a crockpot of native cherry, copper and spring water for 5 hours.
Found the perfect dress to go with the embellished cardigan I shared the other day. Dress was taupe (nylon/spandex); now transformed with shades of soft citrus green, purple and black. Dye pot of wild cherry and alum in spring water; sprayed with a vinegar solution before layering with 3 kinds of eucalyptus and wrapping around an iron bar. Slow-cooked in a crockpot for 5 hours.