Red Carpet Sparkle
Probably the most excited person watching the stars walk the red carpet at Sunday's Grammy Awards was Jonathan Blake. For the first time in his young career, the Houston-based designer saw one of his designs on a celebrity at a major awards show.
"She was so excited to wear it and was private messaging me on Twitter about all the compliments she had received and how great she felt in it."
Actress and singer Alexandra Silber wore a Blake-designed silver silk chiffon gown with hand sewn sequins and metal beads on the red carpet. The sparkling gown, which accented Silber 's figure, weighs 10 pounds, so she later changed into a lighter gown when she and Cheyenne Jackson performed the classic song, "Tonight," from West Side Story at a ceremony where the classical music Grammys were awarded prior to the CBS telecast. The performance was streamed live on Grammy.com.
Blake connected with Silber after her stylist saw his work on Facebook and Instagram. For about a week, he knew she planned to wear his gown to the Grammys, but nothing could prepare him for the feeling of pride he felt when he saw photos of her on the red carpet.
"She was so excited to wear it and was private messaging me on Twitter about all the compliments she had received and how great she felt in it," Blake said in an email. "This definitely made me smile knowing I made someone who has been in so many other beautiful gowns feel great in mine. Achieving these types of accomplishments motivates me even more in this business."
Silber also tweeted about the gown.
Blake hinted there's more in store for his red carpet designs. "This is the first but not the last time of me having things at the awards shows," he said. "We have several opportunities coming up in the near future."