Mae Polson

Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2006

Capstone Advisor

Jeffrey C Mayer

Honors Reader

Janith S Wright

Capstone Major


Capstone College

Visual and Performing Arts

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Art and Design | Fashion Design


A line of original bridesmaids’ dresses began as a market research project for Lara Hélène Bridal Atelier inNew York City. I was to research information on current clientele and find out what they were looking for in a bridesmaid’s dress. In doing my research I sourced books on brides and weddings, internet wedding sites, conducted surveys, and took personal interviews with the founders of Lara Hélène. The market research turned into a concept to design an original line of bridesmaids’ dresses that filled a void for a unique and elegant collection that fit into Lara Hélène’s company image.

Following the realization of the concept, designs were developed using information from the market research as well as outside inspiration. The original designs were portrayed through fashion illustrations in a collection of twenty. From this twenty, the designs were narrowed down to four dresses that best met the concept and criteria. Upon deciding which designs would work best for Lara Hélène the process of constructing them was undertaken. This process included technical drawings, patternmaking, fabric shopping, construction of the first drafts, and finally construction of the final dresses. Final fabrics used included silk satin, silk charmeuse, and four-ply silk along with antique lace and other trimmings, linings, and so on. The final result is a collection of four dresses that are unique, elegant, and meet client’s needs.

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