Behind the Scenes...
We wanted to show what we really can do with flowers. Janet's vision of Botanical Burlesque was to celebrate the floral talents and creative technical abilities of Nature of Design into live wearable art. What better than a fashion show! We had our hands-on designers sewing, stitching, gluing, arranging and designing individual one-of-a-kind outfits for 13 models. Each girl began with a drawing. Fitted for their corset top, we then planned out the theme, colors, flower types and style of each outfit from head to toe.
The day of the event, we put the finishing touches on the costumes as the models were practicing their walk on the runway
with the help of the fabulous fashion guru and boutique owner, Keula Binelly.
Once the models became familiar with the runway, they were sent to hair and makeup. Our vision was whimsical, sexy and of course, eye catching. Each custom made headpiece was planned with a fabulous hairstyle by Marcella Uriste of Style Salon in Rockville, MD. Makeup was done by celebrity makeup artist, Josett Valdez of Josie's Faces . When finishing touches were completed and outfits were on the girls went off for their close ups.
The hottest new nightlife and concert venue, Echostage was the perfect statement setting we could have asked for. With unlimited sound, lighting, and space abilities we were given a blank canvas to work with, and as designers we couldn't' have been more excited! With catwalk staging provided by Carey Hargrove, of Produce It Now! we created the ultimate fashion experience. Our graphics designer and lighting team at Echostage were an absolute pleasure to work with- we simply told them some of our inspiration, and a short explanation of each girl's outfit and our thoughts for lighting and they put together breath-taking images that added the perfect wow-factor to every walk, perfectly highlighted.
Not only did we have Echostage's incredible sound system, but our dj from Bialek's music set the mood with funky beats and electronic tunes you couldn't help but want to move to. As more entertainment to enjoy, the lovely miss Ariana of Lipsology performed unique lip readings upstairs for our guests!
Thank you to our DELICIOUS caterers!
We were incredibly lucky to have some of the best caterers in the area
provide us with to-die-for treats!
In Style Caterers
Capitol Chocolate Fountain
Seen in our peacock inspired look with hand petaled train skirt, moss, feathers, mums and more!
Seen in our tropical orange and cocoa palm leaf hoop skirt with accents of roses and hydrangea blooms
seen in our red and black feather and rose headpiece with hanging amaranthus tutu skirt.
seen in our green and blue feather and hops headpiece with moss, mums and wild foliage side skirt
seen in our burgundy and orange autumn outfit with orchids, hydrangea and fall toned leaf bustle skirt.
seen in our olive green and butter yellow wisteria and rose headpiece with white wisteria "booty blooms" side bustled skirt.
seen in our purple and blue orchid and hydrangea skirt with silver frosted foliage headpiece
seen in our ballerina inspired piece with pink dahlias, pink wisteria and flower crown headpiece
seen in our full fern skirt with magenta orchid blooms and pink "bloom belt".
seen in our deep red and champagne rose and fern cutout skirt with moss and berry corset.
seen in our purple petaled and ribbon train skirt with fuchsia orchid headpiece
seen in our gold gilded skirt with rose bloom pickups and red rose and feather headpiece
seen in our winter inspired piece with crystal drips, silver foliage and white orchid headpiece
That's a Wrap!
A Special Thank you to our generous registration staff sponsor,
Dave Edwards atDave Edwards Events!
Photos courtesy of our wonderful photographers:
Max Krupka of Washington Executive Photographic Services
David Nguyen of Kill The Light Photography
Michael Bennett Kress of Michael Bennett Kress Photography
Missed the show? Watch it here!