Over the seasons, Melbourne label Dress Up has explored and garnered inspiration from the natural and built environment. Often looking to architecture, designer Stephanie Downey interprets interior settings into her linear lines and inspired colour palette.
For spring/summer 2011/12, Downey finds inspiration in domestic botany – the juxtaposition between the strict, architectural lines of glasshouses and the wild, green life that inhabits them. Titled Grandiflorum, the concept for the collection arose from 1970s houseplant guidebooks.
Using her signature angular cuts, Downey’s lines reflect the transparent panels of its built muse, while soft organic fabrics, vibrant colours and a begonia leaf print echo the indoor botanicals.
Ever a 90s child, Downey revels in the subtle styles of the era, offering a polished collection of minimal shift dresses, choker necklines, tailored playsuits, culottes and square, cropped blouses. She also tries her hand at harder textiles, incorporating glossy leather separates into the collection.
In its seventh season, this quiet achieving label’s latest offerings remain true to its loyal fans.