Just IN! Just GENIUS!

Posted By:Randy Fenoli
September 21, 2009

We just received this dress in by Carolina Herrera and I simply had to feature it as the "Just In" gown of the week.

This past Spring, Herrera showed one of the most exciting and anticipated bridal runway shows I have ever seen. I don't use the term genius lightly, but I truly believe that the entire collection was simply GENIUS!

The show was presented at Tiffany's. Yes, THE Tiffany's on 5th Avenue and from the movie, "Breakfast at Tiffany's".

The models walked through a maze of glass cases filled with Tiffany's exquisite diamond jewelry. The audience sat in front of the cases, so everyone attending had a front row seat.

What makes this collection so genius is that every gown was inspired from a painting by a famous artist. This particular gown was inspired by the painting by Franz Xavier Winterhalter.

You can see how this painting which is a portrait of the Empress Elisabeth of Austria 1865, has been transformed into a gown for 2010. The strapless gown is made of tulle that has been hand painted, then hand embroidered and beaded on top of the painted tulle.

There are delicate flowers and buds made up of ribbons that scatter on the branches that sweep across the bodice and skirt. Then Herrera used stones in many shapes and sizes- round, teardrop, oval, and rectangular cut stones, tiny cut beads, tiny chalk sequins and even mother of pearl palettes are intricately dispersed throughout the design. It is done so delicately and tastefully that you wouldn't even notice until you look up close and take in the artistry.

Since this gown is made of tulle, it is light enough to be worn in the Summer. Because of the flowers, it would fit beautifully into a Spring or Fall themed wedding. And for a Winter wedding, a reception decorated with tall white branches and tons of twinkling lights is the perfect backdrop to this wearable art, making this a dress for all seasons.

With so much interest in one piece- a wedding dress, a work of art, a recreation of history- I am just dying to hear all of your perspectives!

September 21, 2009
10:28 AM
ktrebelcock said:

The detail on the soft tulle is just exquisite!! Great pick!

September 21, 2009
2:00 PM
mbb262 said:


September 23, 2009
10:50 AM
muffie2010 said:

Your description of this beautiful piece of art work makes me want to buy this dress now! Irene in LI

September 28, 2009
12:55 PM
NDB said:

as usually I agree with randy (I always go by his oppinion in the show) is a genius dress. is a dream dress. wish i could have the big wedding to go with it, but i will have a smaller one. i have my eye in a two-by rosa clara, from the store too good job making dream weddings come true!

September 28, 2009
1:20 PM
M said:

Such a beautiful dress- it looks so delicate!

September 28, 2009
2:09 PM
msbwolf said:

gorgeous....absolutely gorgeous!!!!

September 29, 2009
12:07 AM
JEWELZ said:

Your description is so vivid you can almost feel the dress. Exquisite hardly seems enough. Tiffany's is the only setting deserving of this line. WELL DONE!!

September 29, 2009
2:11 AM
tellyy said:


October 21, 2009
2:37 PM
tenlover said:

This gown is INSPIRING! Truly a work of art. I can see many weddings planned solely around this gown.

October 26, 2009
11:21 PM
Nen said:

Beautiful! I love Carolina (my wedding dress is from her line). And even though I have my dress, I would love to try that on!

November 18, 2009
11:47 PM
pipi said:

This dress looks so dreamy ..iam in love with it:)

November 18, 2009
11:47 PM
pipi said:

This dress looks so dreamy ..iam in love with it:)

December 07, 2009
2:05 PM
mbb262 said:

I would just like to say look at all that BLING. that is one of the most beautiful dresses Ihave scene on your website that is so amazing I'm just absultally in love with it

December 19, 2009
6:32 PM
DeNae said:

My sister and I are looking for a picture and some more information about a particular dress for her wedding. She simply adores the dress, but can't remember the designer's name. The dress was featured in Say Yes To the Dress episode a few months back. It was poofy and the most important detail was it was tip of the shoulder design. She said it was over 25,000 and they commented that it was worth more than a car on the actual episode. The buyers ended up buying the display one because it was so expensive. If anyone has any information please blog it asap. Thank you!

January 04, 2010
9:16 PM
beautiful said:

HI! DeNae I think the dress your looking for is a Pnina Tornai gown and its on episode Art Of Negotiation. hope that helps. Good Luck!!!

April 15, 2010
11:09 AM
Bride to be said:

This is going to be my wedding dress!!!

August 27, 2010
7:36 PM
heidi said:

How much is this dress?

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