August 22 2014

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Reese’s Pieces? One Designer Looks To Elephants


The Reese Witherspoon/Robert Pattinson tearjerker Water for Elephants premiered in New York yesterday. At least one person has been eagerly anticipating its debut: Designer Yuna Yang, who set to work on a capsule collection of four dresses inspired by Witherspoon’s character, Marlena, which she glimpsed briefly in the film’s trailer. (That’s Yang’s sketch for one of the dresses, left.)

At yesterday’s premiere, the designer—who dressed Nicole Murphy, partner of actor and former NFL player Michael Strahan—weighed in on the film’s now-and-then appeal. “I thought the situation in the movie—the 1930′s, the Depression era—is really similar to now,” Yang told “The circus gave people a nice escape for a few hours. Fashion brings that same magic.”

The designer, known for her hand-done lace and beadwork designs, used luxe silk tulle and crinkled chiffon fabrics with gold trim from France to expand on the mood of Jacqueline West’s costumes. (She was inspired by the film, but not personally involved with it.) “Marlena is very innocent and vulnerable, but at the same time, she has a dark side and I wanted to represent both,” Yang said. And while the gowns aren’t yet available for purchase, she’s developing additional looks for a Resort collection this summer.

Illustration: Courtesy of Yuna Yang

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