What’s the secret to tying the perfect bow? Barbara Tfank knows. Her spring collection features more than one perfectly gift-wrapped bow at the waistline of her gowns, using a French technique she mentions was mastered by the early couturiers Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain. According to the designer, it takes years of practice and is tough to do unless someone has taught you in person. “It’s nerve-wracking to do, especially on set. And even though I know the technique, sometimes you have to do it twice to get it picture perfect like we did here,” she said.
Beyond the bows, Tfank explored new fabrications for her gowns, traveling to Italian mills to source the rarest of fabrics, like florals lined with silver and metallic details that add extra shine under the moonlight, or crinkled fabric gowns in luminous shades like coral and blue, which the designer reveals will be hard to find elsewhere. Tfank’s emphasis remains not only in making the one-of-a-kind gowns that she is known for, but also bringing more versatile pieces that can be worn during the daytime, and offer her customers more than one approach to getting dressed.