Thursday December 6th in the Finnish Independence Day. This year is super special for me as one of my trashion dresses will be appearing in the annual President's Ball. What is it? Every year 2,5 million Finns gather around to watch this 4 hour spectacle on TV (Finland has only a total 5,4 million citizens.. so it is BIG for us). It´s like the Oscars for us Finnish fashion folk as everyones eyes are on the dresses and who is wearing who. This is one of my life goals as a fashion designer and it is finally coming true.
I have the privilege to dress one of Finland´s finest actresses, Laura Birn for the ball. She is best known for her roles in The Purge (Puhdistus, 2012) and Promise (Lupaus, 2005). She was recently nominated for 2012 Satellite Awards on her role in the Purge which is also Finland´s official nominee for the Oscars, directed by Antti Jokinen. Laura is competing for the prize with six other actresses, including Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Emilie Dequenne (Our Children), Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Laura Linney (Hyde Park on Hudson) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty). The Purge is a book by author Sofi Oksanen and it is a Finnish best seller that has been translated to over 40 languages.
The trashion dress that I´m making for her is done with my favorite technique, from second hand leather jackets. I´m hoping people will first look at the dress and then be surprised to find out what it is made of. The best part is that this same technique is also presented in my Trashion-book so anyone is able to make it themselves at home! You´ll find the instructions there. I´m also quite sure this will be the first all-leather dress that ever danced in the Precident´s Ball. My good friend Jenni Ahtiainen (gTie) is making her accessories, so keep an eye out for them as well. You have to watch the show to see the dress, but I promise to post more studio images of the dress when we have time to take them with Mikko.
You can watch the reception live at Yle TV1 (18.50 - 22.15). The program should be able to be viewed from abroad as well or you can watch it online at YLE Areena. The reception will be commented by Piia Pasanen and Jussi-Pekka Rantanen, and the fashion commentary will be by Jaakko Selin.