A Gorgeous Formal Chainmaille Dress

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Everyday outfits wouldn’t suffer from a touch of metal. Designer Fannie Schiavoni is known for her collections featuring chainmaille accents. She’s taken the technique usually associated with armor and fashioned the links into elaborate collars, cuffs, and even pullovers. The style makes a statement, and I think this dress from her spring/summer 2011 collection is the crowning jewel to show off how metal can be absolutely stunning.

It wouldn’t keep you safe in battle, but I’d be more likely to pull something like this over a black dress for an evening out. Wow.

See a close-up and other designs by Schiavoni after the break.

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(via Rebecca Gilmore)

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