True Love strapless dress
Tongs and roses – a modern women’s view of the reality behind love and romance combined perfectly in an artwork called True Love when designer Doris de Pont was looking for inspiration for her summer 2004/05 collection. Doris was thinking about tattoos and body decoration when she saw Auckland artist Tracey Williams’ work, in particular a series of Wonder Woman images. Tracey looks at the ways big and small ideologies exist together in everyday life and takes inspiration from old sailor tattoos with their hearts, swallows, roses and other images. Her print, True Love, features a 1950s-style multi-coloured sunfrock adorned in tattoo roses, with the centre panel a giant pair of kitchen tongs. In this garment, Doris picked up on the 'frock' of the original artwork. She was taken with Tracey’s use of a female super hero in her art, and liked the thought of portraying busy modern women as heroes who like a bit of glamour. While the previous season's collection, Let's Gather Here, incorporated imagery from Polynesia and its traditional tattoo, True Love was inspired by the well tattooed local young women and the creative environment outside Doris' workroom on Auckland's colourful K Road.