When I spied this Erica Tanov dress, I was praying I would love it as much when I tried it on on as I did on the hanger. In a rare case, I loved it even more.
The piece is a collaboration between Erica and textile artist Sierra Reading, who hand-dyed the fabric using irregular growths from oak trees called oak galls.* It’s 100% silk, and the long sleeves and billowing silhouette make it the easing thing in your closet to throw on without concern for anything at all and look amazing. If you pair a dress like that with flat booties like I did, you’ll complete the “chicest jammies ever” feeling. It even has pockets for maximum cool-pose options.
I’m super into these photos by Brad Wittke… I suggested this area called Mussel Rock in Pacifica, right down the road from where we live, not realizing the place was going off with world class exhibitions of nature. He even managed to catch a paraglider in a couple of the shots! Happy Tuesday everyone!
WEARING: Erica Tanov dress, sold out, shirt version here, similar dress here; Freda Salvador Star booties, sold out in silver, in black here, I also love this color; silver Stone Fox Bride x Iconery snake necklace in gold here; shell slice necklace, similar here; sunglasses, vintage, similar here, here and here.
*A previous version of the post said the dress was dyed using tree burls, but upon further investigation I discovered that Reading actually used oak gall, an irregular plant growth created by the reaction between the oak tree’s plant hormones and the powerful growth regulating chemical produced by wasps. The galls were collected in California’s Capay Valley along highway 16.
The color change in the pattern was made by submerging the center area of the dress in a solution made from iron sulfate (made from rusty metal). The iron’s high pH levels create what’s called a “saddening” agent, which darkens the dye. Alas, I don’t find it sad at all.
[Photos by Brad Wittke]