Behind the Design: The Ultimate Party Dress!

Our design protege turned full-timer, Fflur, talks through the design process and shares the design details that make the new Diamante Dress the ultimate party dress.

Buy the Diamante Dress

This glamorous evening dress is a new style designed especially for the Spring/ Summer 2010 collection.

Kirsty, one of Karen Millen’s most innovative and creatively energetic designers, thrives on creating show stopping dresses. She has been beautifully embellishing and creating striking pieces for Karen Millen for many years. I always love giving her a helping hand creating artworks as I get to experiment with amazing jewels, crystals and all sorts of beads and marvellous trimmings.

The dress is available in two different colours, neutral champagne and a pale mint green. Both colours are inspired by vintage pieces. Our design team source inspiration everywhere! Each season we visit numerous vintage and antique fairs, not only to gain further understanding of historic embellishing, but we also discover exciting pieces that we can modernise so that garments will appeal to fashion audiences today.

For this specific dress, we worked some antique beading detail into the artwork of the final dress, but according to the designers the main inspiration was that the collection was titled “Showgirl’’, which brings to the mind sparkles and glamour.

To create this luxurious dress, we at Karen Millen work hard to ensure that our customers receive the highest quality of garment that is immaculately finished so that you look and feel magnificent wearing it.

Some interesting facts about the manufacture of this dress…

  • There are 27 different kinds of embellishment on this dress.
  • Each dress has around 7000 individual pieces of embellishment sewn on with 50m of bugle line. All of whom have been specially developed to represent vintage beading detail
  • It takes 48 hours to produce one single dress
  • 25 hours of which is handwork beading


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4 responses to “Behind the Design: The Ultimate Party Dress!

  1. What a gorgeous dress! I love it so much!


  2. Caroline

    I bought this dress for a wedding and when I brought it home a line of sequence was missing I was very dissappointed as I travelled two and half hours to get it!

  3. Hi Caroline,
    So sorry to hear that the dress was not in the best condition. Please call our customer services team and they will be able to help you.
    We will respond to your email within 48 hours.

    Tel: 0845 899 4449
    8am-8pm Monday to Friday (except bank holidays)
    9am-1pm Saturday

  4. Reynalyn

    I love it so much!

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