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THE PAINTED DRESS

THE PAINTED DRESS

In fashion, especially in Mark's world, dresses can take of a life of their own. Mark has been known to hand-paint many past garments with painstakingly detail, depending on each collection's inspiration. This gown, however, was created purely out of desperation. The night before Mark's New York Fashion Week collection debut, the show's line-up in place with models having completed their final fittings, one gown stood out unfinished. During the prior week, the hand-beaded embellishment created specifically for the gown had been lost in shipping from the West to East coast. Mark's team, knowing he would never take a garment out of the line-up with the chance of throwing off the show, gathered the nerve to tell him. Without skipping a beat, Mark asked for black and white paint, crushed metallic flakes and three brushes. Within four hours, Mark emerged from the workroom with gown in hand. Mark had instantly decided to recreate the floral pattern from the print of his Finale' gown, never anticipating this dress would become the most published piece of the collection.