Tell Us About Your Design

The body of the Temptress dress is made of a 97% satin 3% spandex blend so as to hug the body. It features cap sleeves, a 100% chiffon front yoke, and an exposed back metal zipper. Along with the slight stretch given by the spandex, the smooth sleek fit is made possible through the use of princess seams on the front and back bodice. I’m a strong believer that sexy can be achieved through classic, chic shapes and that you shouldn’t show too much skin in one look. That is why I chose to design this dress with a more conservative full front and a back that is sure to turn heads. The back is revealing and a bit edgy which creates a nice contrast. I have kept the length longer on this style as well to set of the sex appeal of the back. The split zipper is a distinctive design element of mine that you won’t see anywhere else. Through sliding the zipper pull up and down you can create multiple looks and fits of the Temptress. I have a long history in the accessories business and love to combine my two passions by using hardware in unique ways on my apparel pieces. I find the dissimilarity between silks and other light weight fabrics and heavy metals to be beautiful. A woman should be elegant and graceful while being strong and powerful in my opinion. My designs reflect that through the silhouettes and materials I use. The Temptress says you are sophisticated, confident, and a bit daring. You aren’t afraid to be noticed yet you aren’t screaming for attention. You are like the silent seductress in this number!

Who or What Were Your Biggest Inspirations During This Process?

I designed this dress under huge time pressures. I was given lingerie as an inspiration and was told to design a collection in just twenty-four hours. The Temptress was my first design. The dress evolved as I began to drape it on the form. I knew I wanted an exposed zipper and princess seams but the yoke and split on the back came later in the process. I had beautiful chiffon and knew I wanted to keep the front conservative but decided a covered up peak would look amazing, and it did. It gives the hint of an exposed chest but you are still covered up. While attaching my zipper on the dress form it came to me! I immediately spread the zipper to either side of the back cap sleeves and fell in love. The Temptress was born!

Which Retailer(s) Would You Most Like to Sell Your Design?

Saks, Barneys, Nieman Marcus, Stanley Korshak, etc.

Judges’ Rating: 5/5

Judges’ Comments: “Business in the front and a party in the back. I am crazy about this design. I LOVE how the back zipper can be worn at different heights to create multiple looks. That is something I have never seen and it’s brilliant. This is sexy without being slutty. And there is always a huge audience for that!” – Cynthia Smoot

About The Author


Ashley Burghardt's infatuation for design was founded at an early age when her grandmother first taught her to sew. This childhood hobby became an impassioned dream as Ashley created a variety of dresses, purses, and swimsuits while in high- school. She then followed that dream to Texas Tech University in order to pursue a degree in Apparel Design and Manufacturing. As a design student, Ashley ventured to Florence for a semester abroad where she studied at Florence University of the Arts and discovered her niche: Accessories design. The skills Ashley acquired through the ADM and FUA programs proved invaluable as she claimed a coveted internship with a high-end handbag and shoe line, Be&D, which required a move to New York City after graduation. Her collegiate experience coupled with a prestigious internship afforded Ashley a soaring start to her career as an assistant designer on Coach's Reed Krakoff Collection. She later moved to Dallas where she was the head designer of a small accessories company before branching out to launch her own accessories line. ASHARD RICHLEY debuted in October of 2009 offering Ashley's unique take on handbags that combines fashion, form & function. Since the company's inception, the creative line has collected a surmountable number of accolades including appearances in several local and national magazines as well as featured on many television series. ASHARD RICHLEY handbags can also be found in over one hundred stores in the United States, Canada, and Costa Rica. Ashley, as a blossoming designer, mustered many honors herself. She appeared draped in a stunning Armani dress amidst the Dallas Symphony Hall in D- Magazine's 2010 edition of Dallas' Ten Most Beautiful Women. Ashley was also listed amongst the state's top twenty designers by Texas Next Top Designer and was a coach to a young Dallas girl on MTV's hit show, Made. Her most recent notable triumph was on the new Lifetime series 24 Hour Catwalk where she competed against three other talented designers to craft a collection within one day. Ashley's designs championed the runway and a monetary grand prize. Her episode can be found at This victory has escalated Ashley to a higher level amongst the design industry and demonstrated her enthralling tenacity. She is a creative figure to watch and a name to know that will not soon be forgotten.

One Response to AshBurghardt :: The Temptress

  1. budsma says:

    Ashley, good luck with this….I have become a fan thanks to your talent which I would not have known about if it weren’t for your aunt Melinda….ask her how I texted her in the middle of the night after tuning in to 24hr Catwalk and watching you win….I do love you designs and the envelope is awesome…Kay Clements

Leave a Reply