Inspired by nature, fairytales and women’s figure, French designer Sylvie Facon aspires to design dresses that are very feminine, refined, and meticulous. She sews dresses with beautiful fabrics and such an incredible attention to detail that they would steal any catwalk.
These fairytale dresses are crafted from materials like the spines of old books or even an actual violin. One of her most famous dresses is designed to represent and historic town in France named Arras. Hommage à Arras (“Homage to Arras”) is a gorgeous gown encrusted with lace and pearls and represents the beauty of French history and fashion.
At first glance, the fanciful dress looks like a fantastical work of fiction. However, look closely, and you’ll discover it actually features factual depictions of Arras’ artistic and architectural treasures. On the bust, is the Flemish-inspired façades that line its Baroque town square. The Angels of Saudemont, a series of gilded Medieval statues, are perched on the hips, while the Lion of Arras, a symbolic sculpture from the town’s belfry, is situated on the shoulder.
Sylvie aims to master all stages of design—from the sketch to the last point. She creates dresses that combine fine art with tailor-made fashion. In addition to her famed Arras dress, the designer also dreams up other unique evening gowns that double as storytellers; creations that showcase the bountiful beauty of ordinary objects and everyday sights. Take a look at a few more of her gowns below or visit her website.
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Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.