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Walter Mendez took full advantage of sheer mesh to up the sex appeal of his body-conscious gowns, using the illusion fabric to create cutouts, plunging necklines and a base for beaded embellishments that appeared to float on bare skin. Particularly pretty were his gowns that combined sheer bodices with full chiffon skirts.

This story first appeared in the March 12, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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