Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s signature origami pleating, fantasy princess silhouettes, flawless draping, and elaborate hand embroidery were this season accompanied by deconstructed layers of fabric, frayed hems, shredded fabrics, and dusted with powder crystals to tie into the deteriorating beauty of Miss Havisham, which served as this season's Fall 2011 Marchesa inspiration. While deteriorating beauty is about the last thing that comes to mind when looking at the breathtaking couture-like creations that the duo created, it was one of the few instances where you could truly see a brand take an inspiration point and make it their own.
Lace helped bridge the gap between the designers’ darker than usual theme and their signature feminine aesthetic, and it appeared everywhere from socks to regal veils. It may be hard to imagine an Oscar red carpet without the ethereal tulle bodice dress and the origami pleated gown pictured below, but it’s the duo of Tim Burton-meets-Chirstian Lacroix dresses with leg-exposing tulle that were the most memorable, and, appropriately enough, Miss Havisham-esque.
Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree.