Before sitting down to create the inspiration outfit, I drew upon some ideas and facts I know about the owl and this is what I came up with:
Owls are associated with wisdom and learning.
Owls are known for being carnivorous.
Owls have beautiful feathers.
Owls are not showy birds as some of the other fine-feathered ones are.
The back of the dress comes to a "v" in the neckline to represent the very special nocturnal hunter the owl is - swooping down on its prey with its precision in swift, efficient killing. The red piping accent represents the blood of the owl's prey. The dress fabric is printed text, not actually legible, but certainly giving one the impression of wisdom in reading and learning.
owl is in a color palette similar to the owl's own feathers.
Here's a view of the two piece ensemble.
Of course Brunette Barbie needs to have a feathered fascinator atop her head in homage to a certain HRH Kate who was recently married. Did you know that the tippy little hats are really called fascinators? I made this one with a vintage button and a bright red feather. Don't you think my Brunette actually looks a little like Kate?
At this point, I should confess that unlike the designers on the show, I DID NOT make another outfit as they did - only to be told they wouldn't be showing two outfits after all. My bad, but it felt so, so good to not play completely by the rules this time!