White Natasha Liana Gown from Holy Clothing’s Design Contest with Flower Garlands

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So last year I entered a contest run by my favorite clothing store, Holy Clothing. Rather than “favorite” it is probably more accurate to say that they are the only clothing store I have any regard for whatsoever! This might be a surprise, but I actually hate shopping for clothes: I just find it tedious and frustrating, I don’t like hardly any of what I find in stores, I’d rather spend money on other things and I don’t care for fashion in the least. Since I found Holy Clothing, one of their skirts paired with a plain white shirt has pretty much been my uniform.

They held a design contest late last year, promising to make the winner’s drawing into a real dress: I sent in three potential designs and one of them was chosen as one of four that were then voted on by the company’s Facebook fans. (I can’t find the link to the voting anymore, which is a shame, as all the sketches were very lovely.) I got $100 in store credit for winning, and the dress was supposed to be called the Liana Dress. It took longer than they expected to translate the sketch into a dress, though, and then they wanted to release it in the right season, so it just went on sale this month.

Here’s the original sketch, as well. This wasn’t my favorite of my three designs, and actually it’s not one I’d generally rush to buy myself because I wear my Holy Clothing stuff every day, so I don’t really have much interest in the garments that seem too costume-like or impractical. The reason I designed it is that a fair amount of people use Holy Clothing dresses as wedding dresses, and so I was thinking, what would my ideal Holy Clothing-style wedding gown look like? For this reason, I hope that the next run of the dresses comes in white as well, but in the meantime I drew my own white version for today, with two garlands to choose from. (I don’t own it yet, though, so I don’t know the details of the finished product; please don’t take my drawing as representative of the real thing.)

Unfortunately, by the time the dress came out (almost a year after the contest ended), it seems that some wires had gotten crossed and they neglected to name it after the winner, calling it Natasha instead. I had really been more excited about that than the $100 store credit, so I was disappointed and wrote about it, asking for the name to be changed; after Christmas, they did change the name to the Liana Dress! (Thank you to everyone who agreed it should be changed – I don’t know if it affected the decision, but personally I appreciated it!)

Well, in any case, if you want to wear something I designed, this may be as close as you’ll ever get! Check Holy Clothing out, as well as their very active Facebook fan page.

21 thoughts on “White Natasha Liana Gown from Holy Clothing’s Design Contest with Flower Garlands

  1. Hey, so very sorry to hear abput this. I’ve already emailed Holy Clothing and if anyone would like to do so their email is store@holyclothing.com My email went something along the lines of, To Whom It May Concern,

    I am extremely disappointed to hear that full credit has not been given to the designer of one of your dresses. It has come to my attention that whilst Liana Kerr designed the dress and was told that as the winner of the competition it would be named after her, this is not the case and the dress has been called the “Natasha Liana.” I am astonished to think that such a reputable company would make such an awkward and embarrassing mistake and I would like you to rectfy it as soon as possible by changing the name to “Liana” as I thought would be the case.

    Yours Faithfully,


    Just thought that you could copy and padte into your account and pass it on as it is really unfair that you don’t get credit for your beautiful creation. BTW this is a link to the dress online.http://stores.channeladvisor.com/Holyclothing/Store/Search.aspx?SearchTerm=natasha+liana&imageField.x=0&imageField.y=0

    Hope to see another dress soon. xox

  2. Oh, that’s awful. I think it’s horrible that Liana didn’t get full credit, considering she is a very gifted artist.
    Even so, this is a very beautiful dress. If all of the Holy Clothing’s dresses are like this, I would certainly go shop there. Wonderful! (Oh, and congratulations on winning the contest in general.)

  3. I tihnk I will email them. It’s very unfair that your dress was not named after you. At any rate, I’ll be calling it the Liana dress.
    I love this dress, it’s very beautiful and something I would love to wear.
    But I still can’t print it because now that my printer is working again, I’m out of paper! What have I done to deserve this karma XD

  4. That’s so cool! And your design is lovely. Any chance we’d get to see the other sketches you submitted? :-D Maybe even a paper doll version…

    I can’t view a majority of their site, though. I think it might be because of the store.channeladvisorwhatever thing in the url. I’ll have to see if it works on any of the other computers.

  5. Hey guys if you want to see a cool blog, I don’t have paper dolls but have makeup designs and sewing projects on it, feel free to visit http://hischoolandlife.blogspot.com/
    I love to design my own jewelry, makeup designs and clothing. I hope you guys like it. It’s fairly new so please ignore my inexperience to the art of blogging.

  6. Oh, I am so emailing them! You deserve full credit for your design, not share it with some nonexistant person (who has the same name as my niece…)!

  7. Okay. I am so totally emailing them. They shouldn’t wait until after Christmas to change the name when they were the ones who made a stupid mistake to begin with.

    I love the dress Liana!

  8. Oh ye of little faith. Of course they will fix it. It’s so Liana no other name would be fit right. I wish they had it in my size. I’ll have to keep checking until they do. Great job!

  9. This the dress I was DROOLING over last night after getting the Holy Clothing Free Shipping email.

    Alas, they don’t make things in smalls or mediums anymore (so it seems), and a large would simply be too big for me. :(

    Sorry they messed up on the name! It is honestly my favorite dress they have in stock right now.

  10. Liana, I’m just getting back to my RSS feeds and saw this today. WOW! The dress is fabulous no matter what it’s called!! And only $40? Amazing! I might order one myself.

    Congratulations!!! : D

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