A fantasy the most designers only dream about, Shane McConnell lived the drea when his creation walked the Red Carpet at the "OSCAR" in 2001.
Neighbours stralet, Krista Vendy donned a floor-length cream creation to this year's Oscar that had quite a story behind it. The Melbournian who made it big on the aussie soap as Teresa bell from 1999 to 2001, accompanied best supoorting actor nominee, William Hurt, to the 78th Academy award in February this year.
With all the much fuss and effort that go into this annual event, Krista had to make sure she looked the epitome of true hollywood elegance & style, so she turned to old friend, Shane McConnell to work his magic. He has dressed the stunning beauty over the years for many local events, including the logies in 2000, where she was voted the best dressed women. Krista always said that if she ever got to go to the OSCAR, she'd want us to design her dress, and she stayed true to her word.
"Krista wanted that old hollywood feel," says shane. And so he sought inspiration from the hollywood glamour of Grace Kelly & Audrey Hepburn with his modern twist.
Made from french silk satin & silk georgette in a gourgers shade of sky blue, the bodice was hand draped randomly to reveal a fine french beaded tulle lace. The skirt was placed onto the bodice on an asymmetrical angel that feel away to the floor, with high slit cut to the thigh, and covered back over by bias cut sash positioned together with a barouche made by Sharon of Crowns Splendour. As a bodice was moulded to fit her form and was fully corseted internally, the gown fit her like a glove.
No stranger to the red carpet in Australia, Shane has dressed celebrities such as Kym Valentine, Noami Robson, Ada nicodemou, Kate Ritchie, Suzie Wilks & Jennifer Hanson, just to name a few.
Krista looked absolutely stunning on the illustrious red carpet, but it's funny to know that she almost did not make it in a Shane McConnell number. " when Krista called me about the oscars, i said it wasn't a problem as it was in three weeks, until she said she had to leave in the five days!" exclaims Shane.
with time of essence, Shane got to work immidiately. All seemed in order until Shane realised one problem - there had been a mistake with the fabric that was ordered from interstate and it only arrived two days later. Behind schedule, Shane and his team worked furiously to get the frock made. It took a total of 72 hours to design and create working around the clock, but all went off without a hitch, with the gown on his way to L.A just in time.
"its was a great honour to have had a gown on the red carpet at the Oscars as it was really a once - in - a lifetime opportunity, so i seized the moment," says Shane.
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