Upon finding out that I would be attending this year’s Sundance Film Festival as a member of Cherien Dabis’ entourage for the premiere of her film May in the Summer I’d like to think a stroke of genius sizzled in my brain. I have always gotten the biggest high off of connecting extremely talented individuals together…and this was opportunity presenting itself before me.
Joshua Christensen is one of the single most talented individuals I’ve ever met, and I knew it from the moment we met on Grand Hope Park in Downtown Los Angeles. As a favorite of Season 9 Project Runway I got to see his electric personality shine on camera, but I’ve known him better to be a gracious and humble friend over the last few years. Maybe humble isn’t the right word, as Josh knows how talented he is and there is no argument that he will do amazing things with that talent in his lifetime.
On short notice I was able to connect Joshua and Cherien with the intention of having Josh make a dress for Cherien’s big premiere. The problem wasn’t Josh’s willingness to make a dress, or Cherien’s willingness to have a dress custom made for her…but this had to be done in a week’s time and without the benefit of being able to fit the dress to Cherien’s body as she was in New York City preparing for her big day.
You can see the results for yourself. I asked Josh about the experience of creating what he calls “Little Black Dress 2.0,” and this is what he had to say:
C: Josh, you created this incredible piece of couture work in under a week, for a woman you had never met, and for the premiere of a movie at Sundance Film Festival. Not just any premiere, but the movie that would open the festival. How did you feel about such a huge opportunity?
J.Christensen: I was so grateful and excited when I was asked to design a dress for Cherien Dabis, the Director, Writer, and Lead Actress of her film May in the Summer. It was a bit of a time crunch, but I immediately started researching previous years of the Film Festival and what was the general red carpet vibe.
C: What was the concept for such an elegant design, especially considering that time crunch you were under?
J.Christensen: It had to be something simple, edgy and warm! I felt like black was so classic and easy to wear and with a bit of black leather the dress could really stand out. The dress features a black knit body with leather yokes and a leather stripe down each sleeve. If you notice the back of the dress there is a set of pleats and a cowl below the yoke which zips up.
C: Now I know that once the connection was made you had not only little time, but no way of having Cherien try on the dress. What was going through your head as you started to create your design?
J. Christensen: Of course when you make a dress for someone without being able to do a fitting it makes me nervous. I just used basic body measurements given me and prayed for the best. I was so relieved when I got word that she loved the dress and that it fit perfectly. Oh, and having such a beautiful client to work with makes designing so much easier [laughs].
I am so pleased with how the project came out with the little time I had to make it happen. I look forward to doing more event dresses in the future!
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