The Perfect Dress
Every girl wants to look beautiful, and finding the perfect dress is not always easy. Melani Semuel sat down with Natalia Soetjipto, a talented young designer to find out more about her design, passion and some tips for women of all shapes and sizes.
Text by Melani Semuel | Photos courtesy of Natalia Soetjipto
Natalia Soetjipto studied at the Arva School of Fashion for a year and continued her education in the School of Fashion at Melbourne, Australia. She decided to become a fashion designer because of her passion to make every woman look beautiful and more confident, as she believes that with confidence, women can do anything. She takes pride when her clients look beautiful in her designs. Describe your designs in five words. Classy, Graceful, Elegant, Dreamy, Beautiful Do you believe that every woman, regardless of her body type and size, can look beautiful in a dress? Why? YES! As a designer, I have the responsibility to make clothes nice and pretty for women. I also enjoy guiding women on how a piece of clothing can look beautiful and fit for use. I am aware and I understand women’s different body types and what pieces or designs will suit them. Can you give us some tips when choosing a wedding gown / evening gown? There are five types or shapes of a woman:
An apple-shaped body is “top heavy,” and if you have this shape, then you have a wide torso, broad shoulders, and a full bust, waist, and upper back. You also would have thinner arms, legs, and hips, and tend to gain weight at your waistline. If you have an apple shaped-body, then you should be proud of your fuller figure and get ready to flaunt it. But if you want to show off what you’ve got, you need to dress appropriately. Select upper clothes that are loose. Avoid accents at the waist that can give “bulk”. Choose an A-Line skirt or dress with a dark or a solid colour so that you look slimmer.
If you are a pear shaped body, then your hips are larger than your bust, you have a nicely defined waist, an elegant neck and proportionately slim arms and shoulders. You first gain weight in your bottom and legs followed by your tummy and upper body, your waist is your best asset so don’t be afraid to show it off.
It is almost the same with Apple shape, you should avoid for jagging.
Straight shaped means that the bust and hips are basically the same size and the waist is slightly smaller than the bust and hips.
The key to dressing a Straight body type is to proportionally dress the top and bottom of your body while enhancing your waist. Wear form-fitting clothing (such as a tube-type dress) if you’re comfortable with it, and create a waist by adding a wide, dark belt. However, to create a more curvaceous effect, add volume (or the illusion of volume) proportionally to
your upper and lower body by mixing and matching coordinated separates.
If you are V-shaped, you have an athletic body that is larger at the top. When you gain weight, it gives you a muscular look.
Wear an off-shoulder top (Tarzan look) to camouflage the bigger part of your body, which is your shoulder or top, and choose feminine clothes with a mini skirt.
The bust and hips are basically the same size and your waist is well defined.
The key to dressing an Hourglass body type is to proportionally dress the top and bottom of your body while accentuating your waist. Wide belts over shirts and dresses are a great way to show off your waist. You can create an even more curvaceous effect by proportionally adding a bit of volume to your upper and lower body, but always try to maintain balance since it is your best asset. You have great legs so feel free to play with skirt lengths. What are some of the things we have to think about when choosing a gown? Apple & Pear Shape = Chiffon Straight Shape = Jacquard duchess organza for volume V Shape = Allowed to wear a tight dress, but should not wear a “Sabrina” top as you will be seem bigger around the shoulders. You are famous for designing beautiful Qi Pao. When people think of Qi Pao, most of us will think that only a tall and slender person will look good in a Qi Pao, is that true? Can all body types look good in a Qi Pao? Yes, sure. Everybody can look good in Qi Pao, there are some rules which are basically the same as the all tips above. However, for apple and pear shaped women, I do not recommend using the span look; straight cut skirts are the better option. Can you give us some tips when choosing a Qi Pao? Do not choose a dress that looks thick; instead, choose a thinner material. The mother of the bride and groom are important figures in a wedding, yet somehow they often a little bit forgotten. Can you give us some tips in choosing the right gown for an elderly woman? For the mothers of the bride and groom, it still will depend on the personality or character and the body shape. If the mother of the bride and groom still has a proportional body shape, she can wear a Mermaid look dress; otherwise, she can wear an A-Line and try to use sleeves to cover certain body parts . What are the trends in 2017? Soft Candy, with a simple motif.