After a recent visit to a local vintage store, I designed and made this piece. It’s reconstructed from a black mock turtleneck sweater, a blue scarf, and a net drape.
Bouclé San Francisco Reconstructed Net Top
These are some very rough studies I did before I started cutting.
Bouclé San Francisco Study 1
Bouclé San Francisco Study 2
A big thanks to Juliette Melton for being a stellar model!
Watching movies, old and new, is a terrific way to spot trends. I saw the dress below in the 1972 Academy Award-winning film Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) that I think is very now. A nude-colored, netted number likely cut very wide at the bottom, like a swing dress.
Since fishnet tights became popular a few years ago, it’s no surprise that netting, along with its fabric cousin mesh, appears in clothing these days. I think we’ll probably see more of this trend, thanks to it’s transparency, geometry, and playfulness. Here are some examples.
Racerback Net Romper from Nasty Gal
American Apparel Nylon Spandex Stretch Lace Diamond Grid Long Sleeve Button-Up
DimePiece Designs Cat Scratch Hoodie
We Love Colors Fishnet Mini Dress
Tadashi Shoji Origami Dress from Neiman Marcus