|I love this Chado Ralph Rucci dress.|
My local library has added the Vogue Patterns catalog among their magazine selections. I have never seen this at a library before but I think it’s great! A flip through it made a dress catch my eye and reminded me I own this pattern. I have been so busy with kid stuff—including trying to get my son into middle school in NYC—that my Chanel jacket is on hiatus while I figure out if I should rework the muslin I made or start over with a different pattern altogether. God knows I don’t have time to make this lovely Chado Ralph Rucci dress but I just love the look of it. I’d make it in black (or midnight blue) of course.
Ralph Rucci is an American couturier and was inducted to the Fashion Walk of Fame in New York City in 2011—I have to go see if they’ve installed his plaque on Seventh Avenue yet. He is the only American since Mainbocher to have his clothes receive the haute couture designation by the Parisian syndicate and to show his collection in Paris during haute couture week.
There is a documentary about him, A Quiet American: Ralph Rucci and Paris, that I am dying to see. Unfortunately I missed a showing of it at FIT last October but maybe they will screen it again. It follows him and his work over the course of four years. I need to see this film!
|The back of the pattern envelope.|
|Michelle Dockery in vintage Chado Ralph Rucci. Gorgeous!|
If you caught sight of Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery in her stunning black dress at the SAG Awards in January, you have seen the gifted Mr. Rucci’s work. Ms. Dockery wore a Chado Ralph Rucci from the 1990s. (Completely unrelated side note: If you liked her makeup and hair that night you must read the background on it over at Into the Gloss.) I think she looked gorgeous. I usually despise seeing actresses wear black on the red carpet, but the Ralph Rucci dress was so special that it was one of those dresses that made me think black could never, ever be boring.
|The cutouts make this dress so special.|
|I know this might be too much side boob for some but I still think Michelle looks divine!|
|I love the back details of this dress.|