Perfect party dresses from Silk & Sawdust
Last year I wrote an article for LOOK magazine about women who have carved out successful careers in the fashion industry without any formal fashion training – ladies after my own heart, in other words.
One of those ladies was Claudia Orrell, founder of vintage-inspired label Silk & Sawdust. Claudia set the company up after leaving her job as an account director in publishing and moving to Thailand for two years to work for an NGO in Bangkok.
|“Clara” by Silk & Sawdust, £139|
Claudia fell in love with Thai culture and couldn’t get enough of the beautiful fabrics; which is why she had the idea of creating a business with the Thai dressmakers she met.
What started life in 2009 as “30 vintage-style dresses made in Thailand” is now a thriving label celebrating its second anniversary. Many of the delicate and embellished fabrics Claudia uses are sourced in the markets of Bangkok – and that’s where each piece is handmade by dressmakers creating designs that use original patterns as reference along with authentic vintage finishes.
|“Lori” skirt, Silk & Sawdust, £135|
The Winter collection includes 1920s lace, deep jewel colours, luxury feel velvets, 1960s silhouettes, sheer layers and sensuous silks – and, the dedicated vintagistas (?) will be pleased to know, you can shop by era. I’m in love with the emerald Miranda dress shown up top (£139) but the collection is diverse.
So if you’re after a seriously hot (and beautifully original) party dress, or a vintage-style winter look…
|“Erin” skirt, Silk & Sawdust, £139|
|“Ellen” dress, Silk & Sawdust, £145|
|“Sasha” blouse, Silk & Sawdust, £95|
|“Lula” dress, Silk & Sawdust, £149|
|“Wanda” dress, Silk & Sawdust, £149|
|“Rita” dress, Silk & Sawdust, £135|
Images from Silk & Sawdust.