As one of the Britain’s brightest fashion stars, Alexa Chung has attended more fashion shows and red carpets than she could possibly count, meaning that she has worn more than a few memorable dresses. However, when asked about the one dress that changed her life, she gave a surprising answer.
“Over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to attend countless openings, award ceremonies and red-carpet events wearing truly amazing dresses by Valentino, Erdem and other designers – the sort of dresses my mum will text me about the next day to say, ‘You look very pretty dear,’” Chung wrote in an essay for Harper’s Bazaar US. “But if I had to single out one dress that changed my life, it’s the green jersey number I wore to my first fashion show for my Alexa Chung label last year.”
She added that the dress was not “an obvious showstopper” – but this is probably why it ended up being so important to her.
“I thought, ‘Who cares what I look like tonight? It’s all about the collection.’ I don’t see myself as a designer, and I would never claim to be as talented as the people that study at Central Saint Martins, so it felt a little weird to do a Phoebe Philo on the runway, bowing and waving. But in the end I had to.”
Seeing her parents, best friends and other members of her family in the audience cheering made her feel far more moved than she imagined she would.
“For the first time, a dress was so special to me because of how I felt in it rather than how I looked in it – though it turned out to be completely see-through! I was in such a rush that I hadn’t looked in the mirror before I went out, so I didn’t realise until I saw pictures from the event in the Daily Mail the next day. To my surprise, the dress sold out immediately.”