Fabric-Free Bead and Sequin Cocktail Dress
Gail Be, American, United States, 2004 Refurbished 2007
This super sexy, richly hued dress is made from over 150,000 beads and sequins and took five people over 9 months to complete. The weave is so tight that it looks like material--but don't be fooled--there is absolutely no fabric used to create this dress! Each individual loop was hand-woven with Japanese silver lined beads and then adorned with a Modern Swarovski crystal.
The original dress was completed in 2005 but we went back and added thousands of more beads in 2008 to make it even MORE dazzling than before.
The beads I used to create the jewelry were made from rare Swarovski vintage beads. The necklace was the first piece I designed for my Museum Jewelry Collection. It ended up coming out so exquisite that I felt the only way to bring it real justice was to create an entire outfit around it. Most people called me "nuts" spending nine months to create a whole beaded dress just to match a necklace—but I have never been afraid of a little insanity and Thank God, I am always up for an artistic challenge.
All the vintage Swarovski crystal beads used are in pristine condition. They were manufactured in Austria between 1920 - 1938 and 1945 - 1960. To prove their authenticity, I have the honor of taking them directly from their original Aidelweiss-logoed K.S and D.S Swarovski packages.