We’ve found the perfect vacation dresses – and they’ve been designed by two Southern taste designers

Sue Sartor and Riley Sheehey’s colorful collaboration is a party dress dream.

Courtesy of Sue Sartor and Riley Sheehey

A quick scroll Virginia artist Riley Sheehey whimsical watercolors and Louisiana designer Sue Sartor feminine dresses on Instagram, and it’s easy to see that they’re made in aesthetic heaven. Even so, it wasn’t until the two creatives met on a 2021 Zoom call with southern lifeannual group of New Southern Flavor Creators that they discovered how their styles aligned: Sheehey, unaware that Sartor would be on the call, was wearing one of the designer’s signature print dresses. Now the pair have teamed up to release a special collection of four party-worthy pieces that feel perfect for the holiday season.

Courtesy of Sue Sartor and Riley Sheehey

Courtesy of Sue Sartor and Riley Sheehey

The collaboration took root in Charleston Illuminationan event southern life co-hosted in South Carolina last year. The stalls of Sartor and Sheehey were placed next to each other in the holiday market. “We started chatting and realized we had a mutual love for so many things and an affinity for plants and flowers,” Sartor explains. “We kind of spoke the same language, and then we fell in love with each other as people.”

From there, they began creating a mood board for a collection of Sartor’s signature dresses, going back and forth sharing inspiration, from pressed flowers to chinoiserie vases. “Riley pulled out the brush and the magic happened,” says Sartor.

They settled on a series of flowers, from chrysanthemums to dahlias. “We wanted to do something that would be good for fall and the holidays, so I did a little research and found out what kind of flowers bloom at that time of year,” Sheehey says.

Courtesy of Sue Sartor and Riley Sheehey

Courtesy of Sue Sartor and Riley Sheehey

The result was an intricate floral pattern that required Sartor’s artisan partners in India to hand-cut six different screens to replicate the detail and color of Sheehey’s artwork. “Sue sent me a video of people screen printing the flowers and I gasped,” Sheehey said. “It’s so cool to see something I’ve done in watercolor brought to life by other artists in a totally different medium.” Sartor adds, “They also mix the color by hand. It’s all organic, plant-based dyes and flower petals that have been crushed.”

The four dresses resulting from their collaboration are inherently festive, as are their individual brands. “Everything Riley and I do is joyful and upbeat,” Sartor says.

You can pre-order dresses from the Sue Sartor x Riley Sheehey collection at suesartor.com.

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