Lady in Red

Lady in Red - sustainable fashion by Blair Villanueva
Fashion is self-expression.

A form of communication that speaks, and sometimes even louder than our own words.
The clothes we put on for the day tell us what we feel (and sometimes think) of ourselves, or in a certain situation, including our personality.

For today’s fashion blog, I would like to share with you this red dress that I recently made using the old textile I bought from my favorite op shop  - the Friends of Hillside Lodge Op Shop located in Korumburra, VIC.

If only we are free to attend parties and gathering (with no COVID restrictions), this red dress would be a perfect outfit for the marquee, during last week’s Melbourne Cup. 

Well, it doesn’t matter coz, I am here dressing up for myself and enjoying every moment of it.





Lady in Red - sustainable fashion by Blair Villanueva

When I bought this 2-meter textile, I have no idea what kind of design I can make with it. So it has been sitting on my textile shelves for months until the inspiration comes in.

crimson rosella

Meet my fashion inspiration – the dearest crimson (red) rosella.

The crimson rosella is native to eastern and southeastern Australia, where it inhabits open forests, woodlands, gardens as well as parks. Its wild diet consists many of native grass seeds, herbs, fruits, and flowering buds. No wonder this little fella has been visiting my humble porch garden and snacking some of my pig-face plants. 

I often see them living in the park across my house, and I always feel delighted watching the way they move. Seeing them visiting my porch recently, made me think that I am doing something good that attracts their attention.



Lady in Red - sustainable fashion by Blair Villanueva

In honor of my little birdy friends, I made this dress that reminds me how grateful I am for being surrounded by nature and skills that makes me find my purpose. 

This little embroidered chained handbag is made in Italy, which I also luckily found from the op shop.

My bejeweled headpiece was customized by myself using the rhinestone beads that I sourced from Spotlight Store in Traralgon VIC.

Lady in Red - sustainable fashion by Blair Villanueva

Lady in Red - sustainable fashion by Blair Villanueva

Lady in Red - sustainable fashion by Blair Villanueva



Although this dress isn’t like the red dress that Chris De Burgh describes in his song, still it is the red dress that I can say I am happy to wear, and my husband loves. 

For my other red dresses, you can visit my blog here, and here.

What do you think of this dress?! What inspires you to dress up?




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62 comments :

  1. Oh wow that dress is stunning! You really do look like an exotic bird of paradise in it.

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  2. You look amazing with this style in this wonderful place! :)

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  3. Lady in red was actually my wedding song. I love this post but really the dress is just beautiful

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  4. Beautiful! I love the rhinestones on the headpiece, adding them was a very nice touch. I can totally see how the crimson rosella was used as an inspiration for this dress. Your so lucky to be surrounded by beautiful nature and inspiration.

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    1. Everyday I find inspiration that are only just right from my yard.

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  5. I love your dress!And I love how happy and confident you look in your dress.

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  6. This inspires me to dress up. Its more inspiring knowing that you made this on your own

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  7. You look absolutely gorgeous in that red outfit hun and love your inspiration as well.

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  8. you look stunning on that dress and i know you worked so hard for it. Amazing! bag goes will with it too.

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    1. Thanks, Kat! The bag is something that I score from the charity shop. It looks dated but I love it!

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  9. Your dress reminds me so much of that spanish/mexican dance. The one with the fan and the girls have their hair bunned on the side? :) You have skills, dear.

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  10. Flamenco! That's what it reminded me of. The dress, I mean. I just realised it now after I hit submit with my previous comment.

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    1. I should cut some red roses and put them on my hair to complete the look!

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  11. Red is always my favorite color. Moreover, your fashion sense is wonderful and it amazed me. I loved it!!!

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  12. This is one of my favorite dress of yours! So stunning!!

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  13. Wow! This is so pretty. You definitely have great fashion taste. Hoping this pandemic will go away.
    I really miss dressing up since we have been stuck at home for months.

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    1. I totally agree with you. Our states borders are still not fully open, but I still try my best to dressed-up a little bit just for fun!

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  14. Yyyeeesssss baby girl! You did the red good, Blair! So stunning and head-turning!

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  15. I love the way your dress looks! Such a lovely red color.

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    1. Thank you! I'm thinking of wearing this again on Chinese New Year and hope it will bring me good luck!

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  16. It's so nice to wear something you really made. The feeling is different and I really like the dress! It looks good to you and it's so pretty!

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    1. Whenever I wear a dress that I made, it made me feel empowered and I love the feeling!

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  17. I'm speechless! O_O this dress is truly a masterpiece!

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  18. You did an amazing job making that yourself. I'f have no idea how to make a dress.

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  19. This outfit is really nice and colorful this is the main reason I like it. It fits you so weel. Is it typical of your culture? - Amalia

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  20. That dress is beautiful I love the assortment of colors on it.

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  21. You look absolutely amazing in this dress! I love it and I know I for sure would love to wear it myself. It's so gorgeous!

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  22. The ruffles is truly everything about this look and I am glad that you are enjoying it.

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  23. Wow, You made this dress? I love It! You look so pretty with your red dress! I wish I had the talent to do this too. Lol.

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    1. I am grateful that I was taught the basic sewing techniques and encourages to continue this hobby.

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  24. What a beautiful dress! You are really a senorita here :D

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I wanna learn how to dance the flamenco!

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  25. Se manifique moments captured. Great views and vibes. my mom and sister would love this!

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  26. oh wow! Blair, you look amazing! This dress is colorful and happy, I totally see you rocking it at everywhere! Red makes you look so fierce and I love it!

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    1. Aww thank you , Lyosha! I should wear red dresses more often then.

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  27. Wow, I really love this dress. I love the layers. And I love that you got your inspiration from the crimson rosella.

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  28. Awww Blair, yet another beautiful work! You appear festive and 'donya.' Or as though you're about to burst into a flamenco dance. Kaya idol kita eh!

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  29. What a beautiful dress! I am only imagining myself wearing such beauty.

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