I think my love affair with the dress began as a child. Devouring the story books given to me as gifts for birthdays or Christmas, I would notice what the princesses wore. Their dresses captured their stories, and heightened their plights.
In one of my favourite versions, the Prince hosts three balls in order to find his bride. And the fairy godmother has to give Cinderella a dress for each, every one more beautiful than the last.