Exquisite painted photography, digital art, and collage brings to life the magical story of a seamstress who gives her only daughter a golden dress. The dress happily grants the daughter’s every wish throughout the years. But when the dress begins to age, the girl struggles to embrace the change—and risks losing her mother’s heart and her own special place in the world. A blue lace wind shares the secret of what will be lost, unless she can find a way to open her heart and her hands before the dress completely disappears.
“There once was a dress. One dress.
When it was new, it was gold and sparkly and shimmery like the glow of certain stars on the darkest night.
It was made by a graceful old woman, whose fingers were as lissome as a ruby-throated hummingbird, and though she sewed quickly, she sewed with care, threading the dress with a hundred silken stitches along every inch of its beautiful seams and hem.
No one knew she had also tucked a small rosy part of her heart into the dress, because every seamstress keeps at least one secret, and that was hers.”
About Illustrator Gail Nadeau
Gail Nadeau has been a fine artist for nearly forty years, and her house is filled with jewel-like colors and many, many pieces of art, including acclaimed works from series like 100 Angels; Black Velvet, White Velvet; and Doll House. From a single surviving photograph of a lost family heirloom white dress, she has—through digital media, painting, and collage—created hundreds of pieces of colorful dress art, just a handful of which are featured in The Golden Dress.