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  • Bustle Dress TREE $325.00

    Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause.
    Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward.
    Bend to the winds of heaven.
    And learn tranquility.

    A divine structure. A massive painting is needed to create the full landscape of the Bustle Dress.Inspired by 1930’s dressing gowns; snug in the bosom, open in the front, flaring out in movement. Elegant and sexy; a feminine landscape that captures all the geographic curves.

    Bustle up for sass or down for elegance, to coffee in jeans, to the pool over a bathing suit or garnishing a sleek gown to the opera. It all works with the Bustle Dress.

    A client bought one to wear to the beach on holidays and she reported that many children followed her down the beach.

    Pick one colour as your base and Dahlia Drive will procure the rest.

    For a complete Dahlia Drive outfit, pair your Dahlia Drive Bustle Dress with the matching base colour of Dahlia Drive Lace or Dot Piano Pants

  • Dress LOTUS $225.00

    “No mud, no lotus” Thich Nhat Hanh

    The Lotus Dress is a romp in the park, a glimpse of joy in the shadows, a promise of a sunny day. Worn as a dress or tunic, alone or with leggings/pants, sleeveless or over a fitted winterizing long sleeved top, the lotus dress will keep you blossoming out of the mud in any season.

    The red ( ‘heart’ ) lotus symbolizes pure love and compassion.
    The blue ( ‘bluejay’) lotus symbolizes victory of the spirit over the senses.
    The pink ( ‘hopscotch’) lotus symbolizes enlightenment.

    Please pick the lotus colour of your choice.

  • Hatori LEONARDO SKELETON $299.00

    What lies beneath the beneath?

    The Leonardo Hatori seeks to layer the story of a 500 year old skeleton onto your landscape, creating an ephemeral image of our shared inner structure.

    Underneath we are all the same.

    Dahlia Drive’s Hatori is designed to be worn over a simple snug garment.
    The lapels are designed to create a column of equal space between them; long, lean, elegant.
    Wear this piece for coffee, to the beach or the opera. Light, washable and crease resistant, it is a perfect piece to take with you wherever you go.

    Please pick one main colour for the body of your Hatori. Dahlia Drive will pick the wardrobe for our 500 year old ancestor. SURPRISE! That is simply the way these bones rock.

  • Hatori TREE $299.00

    Dahlia Drive’s Hatori is designed to be worn over a simple snug garment. Its function is to layer the story of a tree onto your landscape, creating an ephemeral image of nature influenced into life through your form.

    The lapels are designed to create a column of equal space between them; long, lean, elegant.
    Wear this piece for coffee, to the beach or the opera. Light, washable and crease resistant, it is a perfect piece to take with you wherever you go.

    Choose one colour as your base colour and Dahlia Drive will do the rest!

    Pair your Dahlia Drive Tree Hatori with the matching colour in Dahlia Drive Lace Piano Pants or, if you choose a Coal base, the Dahlia Drive Dot Piano Pants. A complete outfit!

  • Hatori WEAVE $299.00

    Dahlia Drive’s Weave Hatori is designed to be worn over a simple snug garment.

    Its function is to layer the story of woven dot and tree images, in all their possible interpretations and iterations onto your landscape, creating an ephemeral image of space and time.

    The lapels are designed to create a column of equal space between them; long, lean, elegant.

    Wear this piece for coffee, to the beach or the opera. Light, washable and crease resistant, it is a perfect piece to take with you wherever you go.

    Please pick one colour you wish to layer into the piece as an accent to the required ‘smoke’ base of your Hatori.

    Pair with a Dahlia Drive ‘Smoke’ or ‘your colour choice’ Lace Piano Pants for a complete outfit!

    Rolls ends of curtain sheers never looked so good and would do nothing for the landfill. Wash, wear, dance.

  • Kimono LOTUS $225.00

    “No mud, no lotus”.Thich Nhat Hahn.

    The very first Dahlia Drive sheer structure, circa 2007, the Kimono is a cursory nod to the traditional Japanese kimono esthetic. The back is shape fitted yet the front can hang loose (a column of elegance), tied (a bow of delight) or wrapped around to the back (sleek and active).

    The most versatile structure in the Dahlia Drive repertoire, the Lotus Kimono is an easy adornment to dramatize a simple dress, give class to jeans or cover arms in the sun. Washable, dryable, packable, uncreasable. Take it with you wherever you go.
    Made from discarded curtain sheer roll ends.

    Pair your Dahlia Drive Lotus Kimono with Dahlia Drive Tarragon, Heart or Coal Lace Piano Pants or the Dahlia Drive Dot Piano Pants. A complete outfit!

  • Kimono TREE DOT $225.00

    My very first structure, circa 2007, the Kimono is a cursory nod to the traditional Japanese kimono esthetic. The back is shape fitted yet the front can hang loose, (a column of elegance), tied in front (a bow of delight) or wrapped back (sleek and active) This Kimono is the most versatile of all Dahlia Drive Structures.

    A quick piece to dramatize a simple dress, give class to jeans, cover arms in the sun. Washable, dryable, packable, uncreasable. Made from discarded curtain sheer roll ends.

    Choose from Jade, Wasabi, Coal or Cedar as your kimono’s front colour. The sun and tree are ubiquitous.

    Pair your Dahlia Drive Tree Kimono with the matching colour of Dahlia Drive Lace Piano Pants or, if you choose a Coal base, the Dahlia Drive Dot Piano Pants. A complete outfit!

  • Kimono TREE LACE $225.00

    The very first Dahlia Drive sheer structure, circa 2007, the Kimono is a cursory nod to the traditional Japanese kimono esthetic. The back is shape fitted yet the front can hang loose (a column of elegance), tied (a bow of delight) or wrapped around to the back (sleek and active).

    The most versatile structure in the Dahlia Drive repertoire, the Lace Kimono is an easy adornment to dramatize a simple dress, give class to jeans or cover arms in the sun. Washable, dryable, packable, uncreasable. Take it with you wherever you go.
    Made from discarded curtain sheer roll ends.

    Pair your Dahlia Drive Lace Tree Kimono with Dahlia Drive Coal coloured Lace Piano Pants or Dot Piano Pants. A complete outfit!

  • Piano Pants DOT $299.00

    These translucent wrap around pants are made from recycled curtain sheers: washed, cut and sewn into a blank structure . A paper canvas is painted with ‘coal’ dye, screened with clear polka dots and pinned onto the blank pants with the pleats carefully set. A large red dot is inserted on the bottom left, the Dahlia Drive name is hidden and the sandwich is heatset.

    The heating process makes the pleats and dye permanent. These pants can be washed and dried by machine! Wear over boy shorts, bathing suits or tights. Couple them with a snug top and Tree Kimono, Tree Hatori or the First Question Swing Top.

    Take big strides and feel the wind follow you. Flash some leg. Go wild.

  • Piano Pants LACE $299.00

    Wrap around Piano Pants are amazing. Wide legged pants emerged in the 40’s and strode through the 60’s and 80’s right through to today. Walking in these pants, the folds undulate vertically (piano keys) while the lace migrates the pleats with an organic flow of water like threads.

    Easy to put on and adjustable at the ribcage, the pants fit snugly right under your breasts and then fan out in decadence. Translucent, the shadow of your legs can be seen beneath the water or dancing along the keys.

    The heating process makes the pleats and dye permanent. These pants can be washed and dried by machine! Wear over boy shorts, bathing suits or tights. Couple them with a snug top with a matching colour in the Tree Kimono, Tree Hatori or Swing Top.

    Winterize with a leather bomber jacket over and tights under. Take big strides and feel the wind follow you. Flash some leg. Go wild.

  • Puffy Coat DOTS $1,000.00

    Recycled, warm, water resistant, puffy, spectacular.

    What else to say about the Dot Puffy Coat except “MUST HAVE”?

    The Puffy Dot Coat has serious Japanese influence. Simple, elegant, no unnecessary parts. No angry corners.

    Gradient sizes of clear dots on an exterior ‘coal’ colour field and ‘heart’ big dots on a white colour field interior, ‘heart’ or ‘coal’ silk collar (you choose)). Leonardo spine down the lining back where we are all the same; a talisman of strength.

    A dot is complete and self contained. It is its own world and yet, in groups it becomes an infinitesimal part of the fluid fractals in a molecular world; all one together. Cuddly, washable, two ties and you are off.

    Double your dot quotient by pairing your Dot Puffy coat with a pair of Dahlia Drive Dot Piano Pants. How about red tights under that? Outrageous.

  • Smock LOTUS $225.00

    No mud, no lotus. Thich Nhat Hanh

    With just one button, the Smock is Dahlia Drives most popular garment. Flattering on every shape and size, it can transform any outfit quickly and profoundly into a beautiful flower. Pair with a fitted short or long dress, leggings or jeans, summer shorts or evening gown. Winterize it with boots and a long sleeved top to contrast its flow with fitted texture or wear it to the pool over your bathing suit! Travels light and small, does not wrinkle and the pleat in the back is permanent, animating the lotus wherever you go.

  • Smock TREE $225.00

    The Smock, with its delicate triple collar, is simple, elegant and light. One button and you are ready to go. In front, your silhouette can be seen through the printed scrim of black (coal) brush strokes and resisted moons; a mysterious vision in the deep forest. On the back, a tree is printed with the sun (a heart dot) among its branches. As the smock swings, the pleat responds and the tree is animated.

    Underneath, wear tight comfortable clothing to provide shape for this portal into your inner landscape. Sleeveless in summer or long sleeves with leather high boots in winter, the Smock is ready for any season.

  • Swing Top First Question: When is the right time? $199.00

    The Swing swings.

    Three diaphanous layers create a kaleidoscope of colourful veils to spin around your silhouette.

    The front two layers of the swing are shorter; the first providing a window into the second. Together, they create a visual conversation as they swing at different rhythms. The fourth layer, the back, is a single layer longer than the front and translucent, revealing the curve of your back in silhouette. You are the third layer, the center of the universe.

    The answer to the First Question is revealed under the first layer amid heart coloured dots of exclamation: The right time is now.

  • Swing Top Second Question: Who is the right person? $199.00

    The Swing Top is designed to swing around you. Pair it with a snug cami or long sleeved shirt to emphasize your beautiful form within its sassy layers. With jeans or pencil skirt in contrast (hard/soft, textured/smooth, fitted/loose), the Swing Top is a quick and easy answer on how to jazz up your day.

    The front two layers of the swing are shorter than the back; the first providing a window into the second. Together, they create a visual conversation as they swing at different rhythms. The back is a single layer, longer than the front and translucent, revealing the curve of your back in silhouette. You are the 3rd layer, the center of the universe.

    The answer to the Second Question is revealed under the first layer amid a rainbow selection of paper doll people: The right person is the one you are with.

  • Swing Top Third Question: What is the right action? $199.00

    The Swings swing.

    Three diaphanous layers create a kaleidoscope of colourful veils to spin around your silhouette.

    The front two layers of the swing are shorter than the back; the first providing a window into the second. Together, they create a visual conversation as they swing at different rhythms. The back is a single layer, longer than the front and translucent, revealing the curve of your back in silhouette. You are the 3rd layer, the center of the universe.

    The answer to the Third Question is revealed under the first layer amid a portion of a Leonardo da Vinci drawn skeleton, representing yet another layer beneath where we are all the same: The right action is to serve the one you are with.

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