I am thrilled to share with you what I regard as art in the form of a dress: the Chotronette Garden Souffle dress. If you are unfamiliar with Chotronette, they are comprised of design duo Silvia Chiteala and Laura Cazacu, and based in Iasi, Romania. On their website, www.chotronette.com, Silvia and Laura profess their commitment to creating darling dresses that transcend trends of the time and give a stiff nod to the past. As they say on their website, “Our artistic goal is to make timeless dresses that would have looked great at Gatsby’s parties, but that would still look exquisite 50 years from now.” And do they ever fulfill that aim, as the Garden Souffle’s classic lace overlay and structured tea-length silhouette clearly demonstrates.
Each dress, unless otherwise specified, is made to measure, so it is of the utmost importance that you know your bust, natural waist and hip measurements. If you’re not sure what this means, you must measure the widest part of your bust and hips, and the smallest part of your waist (when you dip to the side you will be able to see exactly where that is). Chotronette asks that you provide your measurements in centimetres and take into account the length for women at either the tall or short end of the height spectrum. When they had asked me which length I would like my dress to end at, above the knee or otherwise, I opted for a classic tea-length style, since it remains true to my love for 50’s-inspired silhouettes.
Since I am a very petite woman – I’m only 5 feet tall! – it can be difficult to ensure adequate fit, particularly in the torso. Even though my waist is 25 inches and I follow size charts, I find that I still have to get my lovely seamstress to take in my tops and dresses. Unfortunately, this was no exception for the Garden Souffle dress – however, I think it is because I have a shorter torso than the average woman. If you are like me, I would suggest conducting much more thorough measurements than I had done when ordering with Chotronette, taking into account of the length of your torso among other things. But I am beyond thrilled with the fit of the bust cups, since they are true-to-size and very structured. The inside of them contains emerald satin carefully sewn in so that you can opt to wear the dress without a strapless bra underneath if you so choose.
With a quick glance at their website you can see for yourself the level of detail each garment is comprised of – many dresses feature fabrics with several colours, buttons, lace, and crinoline. The Garden Souffle dress itself is described by Chotronette as “Mix together a spoonful of wild flowers with a handful of mint leaves. Garnish it with dark chocolate lace and and liquorish buttons.” This description more than delivers when I look at the four levels of fabric – the top layer of lace netting and flower embroidery, reminiscent of a garden fairy or mother nature herself; and the emerald green satin lining that surrounds each side of the tulle underskirt, so that the dress remains structured while also maintaining comfort.
The bodice of the dress contains the aforementioned bust cups, which I adore since it keeps the upper bust modest while still maintaining a feminine shape. But I think my favourite feature of the Garden Souffle dress is the back of the bodice – partially transparent with a vertical row of black buttons, I feel like I may have stepped out from a scene from The Great Gatsby.
The Garden Souffle dress retails for $332.45 USD, and Chotronette’s website gives you the option to view the currency not only in USD, but also in RON or EUR. Chotronette explains on their website that a made-to-measure dress will take approximately 1-2 weeks to make, whereas standard sizes can be shipped within 1-3 business days. Postage is fast, with your desired dress being delivered within 1-2 business days if you are in Romania, 3-6 in European countries, and from 3-5 in non-European countries.
Overall I am quite enamoured by Chotronette’s Garden Souffle dress, for the attention to detail put into each inch of the dress; for the quality and structure of the garment, since I know it will last for years, if not decades; and for the brilliant and vibrant colours that catch the corner of my eye each time I swirl around in it.
*Disclaimer* – Although the Chotronette dress was gifted to me, all opinions on this blog and my other social media outlets reflect my honest and personal beliefs.