• Chrissie Nicholson-Wild

eden of inspiration

Updated: Aug 9, 2021

In any normal year it would have been Chelsea flower Show last week, a spectacular display of colour, shape and form and source of endless inspiration for my work.

Since everyone one is on lockdown to some degree, and many people, like myself, are practically housebound and without a garden I thought I would share some awesome floral inspired costumes and fashion from around the internet.

I love this chic little number with it's delicate colour scheme and dainty flowers. Miss France wears a sheer bodysuit with strategically positioned blossoms. The hips and shoulders are exaggerated with built up bouquets and a fabulous train of white flowing fabric adds movement and drama to an otherwise static outfit.

I love most of the outfits from this set of the 2017 Victoria Secrets fashion show from 2018 but this is my favourite, it is just exquisite. The flowers are handcrafted from feathers, each individually cut to shape and skilfully sculpted.

This fabulous outfit is actually made from real flowers! Shown in the Fleurotica 2013 show in Chicago, where haute couture outfits are made in floristry. It must have weighed a ton, but boy it is stunning!

Miss Universe Venezuela 2015 dons an Araguaney tree of yellow blossoms in the National costume round. Normally I would be alarmed at this amount of yellow, but her costume is wonderfully balanced with the rest of it being neutrally toned with sprigs of the yellow toned in.

Although not strictly floral, the butterflies theme in this outfit is sublime so I'm going to pass it for this blog. The tonal colour scheme with asymmetric black detailing and the beautiful hand-painted chiffon cloak are on a whole other level.

Another floristry masterpiece, this time from Chelsea Flower Show 2016 and created by Kay Willis. She won the title of RHS Young Florist of the Year. What I like most about this is the mix of textures and shapes, it is so visually exciting.

Miss Paraguay head to toe in pink is pure joy! There is just so much going on here, but the pastel tones and fragments of strong colour don't make it overwhelming. My favourite bit of this costume is the long floral leg piece....I am going to give that a go in one of my themewear costumes of the future!

A golden oldie from Yves Saint Laurent. It's so simple and cute with a floral bikini and a frilly pink train with yet more frills....it is frothy, fun and very cheeky.

Another feather wonder from Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. The feather flowers pick out colours in the floral fabric keeps this outfit looking vibrant without being over-the-top. I also really like the use of negative space in the flower back-pack design...it keeps it delicate and balanced.

And to finish this look at floral inspiration is this iconic piece by one of my favourite Haute Couture Designers, the late Alexander McQueen. Drawing on shapes and structure from the Edwardian era this costume is smothered in muted tones of lilacs, purples and greens.

  1. Miss France 2018, Pierre Villard

  2. Victoria's Secret 2017, David Fisher

3. Fleurotica 2013

4. Miss Venezuela 2014, Patrick Pather

5. Victoria's Secret 2015,

6. Kay Willis 2016, Chelsea Flower Show Young Florist of the Year

7. Miss Paraguay 2017, Patrick Prather

8. Yves Saint Laurent 1999

9. Victoria's Secret 2018, Dimitrios Kambouris

10. Alexander McQueen 2007