The intent of a dress is no different than any other garment — it exists to clothe. However, in our modern society, a dress worn for the wrong occasion has become a sort of faux pas. Particularly dresses that are labelled "couture," "formal" or simply "too fancy."
So I'm proposing a reformation — one where ordinary women, living normal lives, take back fancy gowns and sport them confidently for no other reason than to bring the wearer joy. Joy should never be reserved for "formal occasions," but rather relished in the simplistic every day.
One designer passionate about this very revelation is Robyn Mitchell, a brilliant creative behind Abel Wear — a conscious clothing company that hires local individuals facing employment barriers. Recently, Robyn teamed up with photographer Kent Kercher and model/stylist Megan Fisher to document dresses she designed and hand painted for her final project at Parsons School of Design.
"I want to create clothes that aren't trying too hard to be clothes while making women feel special," Robyn said. "The looks weren't connected to a theme. I think because I want to make clothes that look special, they often end up being for 'special' occasions, parties, etc. However, my hope is one day women will just wear whatever makes them feel special and amazing regardless of the occasion."
Robyn wasn't the only one with this mindset, as Megan said of the photoshoot, "It shows the versatility that these handmade couture dresses can be worn walking around grungy Bushwick, in the subway, or at a classy cocktail bar, which is far more approachable to women these days in our multi-faceted every day lives."
With the backdrop of Brooklyn's colorful neighborhoods, Robyn, Megan and Kent captured a day in the life of a girl and her dresses.