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The Magic Dress by Yan To

Today #TheMagicDress arrives at Young British Designers.

This is a body-con dress with a difference. Designed by a young man who really understands women's bodies.

 Yan To is somewhat of an enigma. He works out of sight and largely alone in the Leicestershire countryside. Self taught this designer is propelled by instinct and gut feel. He rarely sketches, preferring to create on the mannequin or the female form. He juxtaposes creative pragmatism with no holds barred innovation and the result is fashion dynamite:

"I want to create new things. There is no point merely designing pretty dresses as there are hundreds of people doing this and many will be better than I am."

The idea of designing a new body-con dress, one which truly enhanced a woman's figure became an overriding obsession. Yan To could see some major problems with the ways in which body-con dresses are produced. The current thinking is to create compression garments or undergarments in order to sculpt the figure. Bandage dresses look amazing on women with a perfect figure but do they really work on those who have not, or do they just emphasise what you are trying to hide? Compression underwear is more successful but is it sexy? This lead to Yan To's work with elastics. The premise is quite simple. A textured surface is better at hiding lumps and bumps than a smooth surface. Yan To's elastic dresses therefore work in two ways. Firstly the inner layer of elastic sculpts the body into a slimmer shape. The outer layers of elastic create a texture which informs the silhouette. Although the actual body outline has not changed significantly, the effect of the textured surface gives the impression that the body underneath is slimmer than it actually is.



Each elastic dress is created by hand and can take up to three days as the elastics have to be positioned organically. This gives a couture effect solution to an age old problem. All this without the need for any help from underwear.

The result is nothing short of magic. The dress sculpts, moulds and yet softens the slimmer silhouette. Curves are at once accentuated and supported. This is a feat of fashion engineering fit for real women everywhere sizes 6-16.

As part of British Vogue's Online Fashion week (#OFW) Young British Designers and Yan To will create #TheMagicDress for one lucky winner. The dress will be made bespoke to your actual body. How utterly indulgent is that.  Just tell us on Twitter (@YBDfashion) or Facebook or on www.youngbritishdesigners.com what you'd love #TheMagicDress to do for you in 140 characters or less.

After all, we all need a magic dress sometimes.    

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Roberta Jane Upton

Modern thinking, great look, edgy and classic at once, and a new twist on the LBD ! Fabulous ! Bravo !

Monday 5 December 2011 - 11:25am

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