Fashion Tips – Choosing Formal Wear Hem Lengths

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Fashion Designer and Project Runway finalist Wendy Pepper explains the hemline and the different lengths to show off your legs.

    Wendy Pepper

    If you start in the heart of Washington DC and take the bridge over the Potomac River into Virginia, you're well on your way to Wendy Pepper's working studio. The gallery is the culmination of a life's dedication to the pursuit and practice of the age old craft of Haute Couture.

    Born in Dayton Ohio, Wendy returned with her family to the Washington DC area at an early age. Growing up in the nation's capital afforded Wendy the unique opportunity to absorb the myriad cultural influences that Washington DC alone could provide. After earning an Anthropology degree in college, Wendy decided that she was interested in the role of fashion in today's culture and, by extension, the role it played in a modern world of increasingly mass communication. She taught herself to sew and draft patterns, and subsequently sought out apprenticeships with specialists in the fibre arts fields.

    Wendy was part of the cast of the BRAVO series "Project Runway" and was chosen as a finalist and showed her collection in Bryant Park during New York Fashion Week in February 2005. Her Gallery is open by appointment (540-687-8272), and her line is available exclusively at "Santangelo and Sandridge" (540-687-4775), also in Middleburg.

    Wendy Pepper: Hi, this is Wendy Pepper and after the neckline, which I consider to be the most important aspect of a dress, because that frames the face, I have to say that the next most important thing for me is the hemline, because how a dress frames the legs, is also extremely important. So, I have with me Pasha, to demonstrate one of my favorite hemlines that I like to use a lot which is the asymmetrical one. I find that a soft curving hemline can hide a multitude of thins, and if you feel it all self conscious about your legs, a wonderful way to handle that is to create an interesting hem that draws the eye in exciting and not quite anticipated directions and really can dialogue very effectively with a fabulous pair of shoes, which we certainly have here today.

    Now, to show you just how exciting a hemline can be and how much you can really make a dress that you ordinarily might think is quite plain. Take a look here at Graces hemline. Now, her personality is dynamic and strong and more than a little edgy and so I am putting her in a dress that to me it reflects all those elements in a little bit of ripped raw edge on a hem. It's a very strong element to include on a dress, but I still keep her in a classic strong red which is a -- it's a color that really extenuates her strength and the neckline is very severe because you really want all the excitement going on down here and if you notice it's wonderful to accentuate her legs. If she is in a petite category, you want to do something exciting which is a little bit asymmetrical as well however, it's not over powering. It doesnt draw the weight of the dress down, the details are small and delicate and perfectly in keeping with her effervescent style.

    In conclusion, I would like to say that the hemline just as the neckline plays an important role. The hemline is critical and with Pasha, we examined the role of the classic, sloping, more feminine demure type of hemline to accentuate curves and delicacy on that scale. Now, we have something that is edgy and young and the more than little bit flirty and both of them suit the girls just perfectly.