Haute How to: Tie-Dye

Tie-Dye is seen by many as a relic of the past and an ode to the hippie culture of the 60’s and 70’s. What you need to know now is that whats old is new again and in this instance that is definitely the case. Designers such as Stella McCartney, Raquel Allegra and Isabel Marant have favorited this trend and found new and alternate ways to wear this look. With modernizing any trend from the past execution is the most important thing and can determine if the outfit is Haute or a Hot Mess.

Stella McCartney Winter 2014 Collection
Tie-Dye was popularized by Western cultures such as the United States in the mid-1960’s however forms of Tie-Dye actually can be traced as far back as the 8th century in Asia and Africa. Techniques known as shibori involved dying plain fabrics with natural indigo dye in specific styles.

Today, I wanted to share a few simple steps on how to dye a simple white dress


What you need - Any type of fabric dye in any color, gloves, a large basin, water, rubber bands, something to stir with (a wooden stick or anything long enough)

STEP 1- Select garment/fabric to be dyed. Fabric should be porous enough to allow the dye to remain. Cotton is always a simple and effective fabric especially for beginners

STEP 2 - Fill basin with warm water and add dye: Stir clockwise initially while adding dye slowly and then begin counter clockwise stirring action until mixture is uniform and die is incorporated.

STEP 3 - After mixture is totally is incorporated let mixture stand covered for between 20 minutes to an hour.

STEP 4 - While dye is setting folding of the garment  should begin.The way the fabric is folded determines the pattern that you will get. Below are techniques that can be used on a simple white dress.


STEP 5 - After dye mixture has set, take folded garment and bind with rubber bands in whatever style you choose. Submerge folded garment into mixture and stir using wooden stick.

STEP 6- Remove rubber bands and  rinse fabric to remove excess dye, let dry and style away Hauties!!

And Voila.......
Hold down garment in mixture for a few minutes and remove leave to dry for at least 20 minutes.

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