Would you ever picture yourself hiking in a ballroom gown? Most can't even picture themselves walking in one, much less hiking. That is exactly what Portland designer and dressmaker Harmony Sage Lawrence decided to do. She took on the enormous task of making herself a full ball gown complete with corset, bodice, hoop skirt, and fairy wings. The pretty sage color reflects her name, and she left no detail undone, completing the look with a sewn tiara for her royal highness.
The dress takes you to another time, and you would expect she would be very careful with it and attend a ball or something. Not Harmony. She decided to climb a mountain. She did complete the climb to the top of Mount Rainier for the photo shoot of a lifetime. She proved hiking and fairy tales do go together 'sometimes'.
The gown was just gorgeous, and you might be surprised to realize she used recycled and upcycled materials to make the glamorous ballroom gown. When it was all said and done, she wasted nothing, but donated the dress to a fire station for their medical equipment fundraiser.
She was accompanied by her photographers and other hikers who also took breathtaking pictures of her along side her photographers. She's recorded as saying “I can't say it was easy hiking in a ballroom gown, but the challenge was well worth the fun.”(accompanying video)
This probably was one of the most creative advertising stunts for a dress designer to do. Paring two totally opposite interests to bring attention to her skills. She truly proved that hiking can be glamorous and fun. What was her secret to making the trek up the mountain, really? Watch the video to see.
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