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Materials Needed:
Scissors
Paintbrush
Bottle of black ink from an art-supply store or a few broken pens
2-inch-wide elastic
Needle and thread
Clasp from a trimmings store •1/2-inch-wide elastic

Photographs: Hannah Whitaker (dress); Jackie Ladner (remaining)

(1) Use scissors to cut out the lining below the waist. Leave only the outer layer.

(2) Cut an inverted V shape into the front and back (the V can be as wide or narrow as you’d like). Mayock recommends placing the dress on a form (or friend!) to cut the hem to just above the knee, although it doesn’t have to be precise. “I love dresses that look like someone just hacked them up,” she says.

(3) With scissors, carefully remove the trimming around the waist.

(4) Dip the paintbrush into ink or use the broken pens to splatter onto the fabric. “We prefer ink over paint,” says Buhai. “The marks are really delicate and pretty.” Wait 30 minutes for ink to set.

(5) Cut enough of the 2-inch elastic to replace the trimming around the empire waist. Sew by hand, and attach the clasp.

(6) Cut the 1/2-inch elastic into four strips that are long enough to extend from the front to the back of the waistband. Attach straps to form triangle shapes around the bust, as pictured.

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Mongolian red-fox cape with foxtails, $2,900 by special order at Adrienne Landau Designs (212-695-8362). Wool long-sleeve boat-neck dress, $160 at DKNY, 655 Madison Ave., at 60th St. (212-223-3569). Nylon tricot leggings, $34 at American Apparel, 712 Broadway, at Washington Pl. (646-383-2257). Leather belt with cabochon detail, $510 at Fendi. Metal mesh bag, $1,995 at Jimmy Choo, 716 Madison Ave., at 63rd St. (212-759-7078). Tapeet by Vicini leather short boots with studs, $750 at Shoebox, 537 Third Ave., nr. 36th St. (212-937-5750).

Mongolian red-fox cape with foxtails, $2,900 by special order at Adrienne Landau Designs (212-695-8362). Wool long-sleeve boat-neck dress, $160 at DKNY, 655 Madison Ave., at 60th St. (212-223-3569). Nylon tricot leggings, $34 at American Apparel, 712 Broadway, at Washington Pl. (646-383-2257). Leather belt with cabochon detail, $510 at Fendi. Metal mesh bag, $1,995 at Jimmy Choo, 716 Madison Ave., at 63rd St. (212-759-7078). Tapeet by Vicini leather short boots with studs, $750 at Shoebox, 537 Third Ave., nr. 36th St. (212-937-5750).

Mongolian red-fox cape with foxtails, $2,900 by special order at Adrienne Landau Designs (212-695-8362). Wool long-sleeve boat-neck dress, $160 at DKNY, 655 Madison Ave., at 60th St. (212-223-3569). Nylon tricot leggings, $34 at American Apparel, 712 Broadway, at Washington Pl. (646-383-2257). Leather belt with cabochon detail, $510 at Fendi. Metal mesh bag, $1,995 at Jimmy Choo, 716 Madison Ave., at 63rd St. (212-759-7078). Tapeet by Vicini leather short boots with studs, $750 at Shoebox, 537 Third Ave., nr. 36th St. (212-937-5750).

Mongolian red-fox cape with foxtails, $2,900 by special order at Adrienne Landau Designs (212-695-8362). Wool long-sleeve boat-neck dress, $160 at DKNY, 655 Madison Ave., at 60th St. (212-223-3569). Nylon tricot leggings, $34 at American Apparel, 712 Broadway, at Washington Pl. (646-383-2257). Leather belt with cabochon detail, $510 at Fendi. Metal mesh bag, $1,995 at Jimmy Choo, 716 Madison Ave., at 63rd St. (212-759-7078). Tapeet by Vicini leather short boots with studs, $750 at Shoebox, 537 Third Ave., nr. 36th St. (212-937-5750).

Mongolian red-fox cape with foxtails, $2,900 by special order at Adrienne Landau Designs (212-695-8362). Wool long-sleeve boat-neck dress, $160 at DKNY, 655 Madison Ave., at 60th St. (212-223-3569). Nylon tricot leggings, $34 at American Apparel, 712 Broadway, at Washington Pl. (646-383-2257). Leather belt with cabochon detail, $510 at Fendi. Metal mesh bag, $1,995 at Jimmy Choo, 716 Madison Ave., at 63rd St. (212-759-7078). Tapeet by Vicini leather short boots with studs, $750 at Shoebox, 537 Third Ave., nr. 36th St. (212-937-5750).

Mongolian red-fox cape with foxtails, $2,900 by special order at Adrienne Landau Designs (212-695-8362). Wool long-sleeve boat-neck dress, $160 at DKNY, 655 Madison Ave., at 60th St. (212-223-3569). Nylon tricot leggings, $34 at American Apparel, 712 Broadway, at Washington Pl. (646-383-2257). Leather belt with cabochon detail, $510 at Fendi. Metal mesh bag, $1,995 at Jimmy Choo, 716 Madison Ave., at 63rd St. (212-759-7078). Tapeet by Vicini leather short boots with studs, $750 at Shoebox, 537 Third Ave., nr. 36th St. (212-937-5750).

Mongolian red-fox cape with foxtails, $2,900 by special order at Adrienne Landau Designs (212-695-8362). Wool long-sleeve boat-neck dress, $160 at DKNY, 655 Madison Ave., at 60th St. (212-223-3569). Nylon tricot leggings, $34 at American Apparel, 712 Broadway, at Washington Pl. (646-383-2257). Leather belt with cabochon detail, $510 at Fendi. Metal mesh bag, $1,995 at Jimmy Choo, 716 Madison Ave., at 63rd St. (212-759-7078). Tapeet by Vicini leather short boots with studs, $750 at Shoebox, 537 Third Ave., nr. 36th St. (212-937-5750).

Mongolian red-fox cape with foxtails, $2,900 by special order at Adrienne Landau Designs (212-695-8362). Wool long-sleeve boat-neck dress, $160 at DKNY, 655 Madison Ave., at 60th St. (212-223-3569). Nylon tricot leggings, $34 at American Apparel, 712 Broadway, at Washington Pl. (646-383-2257). Leather belt with cabochon detail, $510 at Fendi. Metal mesh bag, $1,995 at Jimmy Choo, 716 Madison Ave., at 63rd St. (212-759-7078). Tapeet by Vicini leather short boots with studs, $750 at Shoebox, 537 Third Ave., nr. 36th St. (212-937-5750).

Mongolian red-fox cape with foxtails, $2,900 by special order at Adrienne Landau Designs (212-695-8362). Wool long-sleeve boat-neck dress, $160 at DKNY, 655 Madison Ave., at 60th St. (212-223-3569). Nylon tricot leggings, $34 at American Apparel, 712 Broadway, at Washington Pl. (646-383-2257). Leather belt with cabochon detail, $510 at Fendi. Metal mesh bag, $1,995 at Jimmy Choo, 716 Madison Ave., at 63rd St. (212-759-7078). Tapeet by Vicini leather short boots with studs, $750 at Shoebox, 537 Third Ave., nr. 36th St. (212-937-5750).

Mongolian red-fox cape with foxtails, $2,900 by special order at Adrienne Landau Designs (212-695-8362). Wool long-sleeve boat-neck dress, $160 at DKNY, 655 Madison Ave., at 60th St. (212-223-3569). Nylon tricot leggings, $34 at American Apparel, 712 Broadway, at Washington Pl. (646-383-2257). Leather belt with cabochon detail, $510 at Fendi. Metal mesh bag, $1,995 at Jimmy Choo, 716 Madison Ave., at 63rd St. (212-759-7078). Tapeet by Vicini leather short boots with studs, $750 at Shoebox, 537 Third Ave., nr. 36th St. (212-937-5750).

Mongolian red-fox cape with foxtails, $2,900 by special order at Adrienne Landau Designs (212-695-8362). Wool long-sleeve boat-neck dress, $160 at DKNY, 655 Madison Ave., at 60th St. (212-223-3569). Nylon tricot leggings, $34 at American Apparel, 712 Broadway, at Washington Pl. (646-383-2257). Leather belt with cabochon detail, $510 at Fendi. Metal mesh bag, $1,995 at Jimmy Choo, 716 Madison Ave., at 63rd St. (212-759-7078). Tapeet by Vicini leather short boots with studs, $750 at Shoebox, 537 Third Ave., nr. 36th St. (212-937-5750).

Mongolian red-fox cape with foxtails, $2,900 by special order at Adrienne Landau Designs (212-695-8362). Wool long-sleeve boat-neck dress, $160 at DKNY, 655 Madison Ave., at 60th St. (212-223-3569). Nylon tricot leggings, $34 at American Apparel, 712 Broadway, at Washington Pl. (646-383-2257). Leather belt with cabochon detail, $510 at Fendi. Metal mesh bag, $1,995 at Jimmy Choo, 716 Madison Ave., at 63rd St. (212-759-7078). Tapeet by Vicini leather short boots with studs, $750 at Shoebox, 537 Third Ave., nr. 36th St. (212-937-5750).

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