I have been absolutely in love with this mod dress which popped up on Katy Perry in various audition episodes of the 2020 season of American Idol. The texture and detailing are exquisite. The piece comes from Ashish Gupta’s Fall 2019 ready-to-wear collection which featured sequined crochet-illusion garments which were inspired by a blanket made by his grandmother. The dress appeared on the runway as look #3 of 37.
This mini is constructed from viscose and mid-weight sequined georgette. Thousands of colorful round sequins were painstakingly hand-sewn in bunches to form larger flowers in vibrant square forms which give the illusion from afar that the dress is crochet.
The pointed flat collar is embellished in flatback half faux pearls of varying sizes and there is a back zipper closure. You can find this dress at Matches Fashion for $1,153.00.
Katy’s stylists paired this dress with a flipped out bob, a jet black glossy headband by Lele Sadoughi and oversized faux pearl and acetate daisy earrings by Alessandra Rich, which all combined turned her into a mod queen straight out of the 1960’s.
Show Studio notes that “Ashish Gupta is a fashion designer, based in London and designing under the label ‘Ashish’. Born in Delhi, Gupta studied Fine Art in his native India before moving to Middlesex to complete a BA in Fashion Design. After completing his MA at Central Saint Martins in 2000, Gupta ventured to Paris with the intention of working in a design studio in the French capital. However, when his entire portfolio of work was stolen, Gupta instead began quietly making clothes for friends until being spotted by Yeda Yun of Browns Focus, who placed his first order in 2001.With his mix of Western and Eastern influences, Gupta’s designs blend sportswear, high-octane glamour and craftsmanship. Gupta has designed outfits for a number of high profile personalities, including M.I.A, Madonna, Jerry Hall, Victoria Beckham, Kelly Osborne, Lily Allen and Patrick Wolf. Colour and sequins are Gupta’s optimistic response to disheartening world news or events. His designs are ‘a two-fingers-up to this world.’The London-based designer is a pioneering voice in an industry continually questioning its approach to diversity. Gupta has grown his eponymous label from winning the prestigious NewGen award three times to being exhibited in the V&A and The Met.”