Historical

Historical/period costumes

Marie Antoinette: Progress

marie antoinetteDuring the summer of 2015, I made the popular “blue dress with red belt” gown from the Sophia Coppola movie Marie Antoinette. I’ve been drooling over this gown ever since I first saw the movie in 2006. I’m so happy I finally made it!

Interesting fact: This gown is what spurred my obsession with 18th century clothing. I started doing the research for it several years ago, and fell down the rabbit hole. All of the pieces I have made until now were honestly practice for this one. I am extremely proud of how it turned out! It is one of the most accurate movie replicas I’ve made, if not the most accurate. (more…)

Pink Polonaise Gown: Progress

polonaise-anachrocon(< -Image taken by Todd Dissinger at Anachrocon 2015 with Catherine Fowler) More detailed construction notes and pics tbd, but this is a late 18th century polonaise style gown. I drafted the pattern from the book, The Cut of Women’s Clothing. (more…)

Original 18th Century Gown: Gallery

This is my very first 18th century gown, and meant to be more of a practice dress. I purposefully used not 100% accurate materials since it was for practice, and I got them for super cheap. Its not perfect and I have a bit more to work on execution-wise, but it was fun to make and is still super pretty!

The first batch of images were taken at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center by Dim Horizon Studio. I had just shot another costume and had the same makeup on, and also did a super quickie “hedgehog” style by shoving frizzy hairpieces under my hat, haha. Not accurate, but I think it looks pretty and avante garde in a way. :)

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“Historically Accurate” Merida: Progress

drawingI love Disney princesses, like… woah. I’ve always wanted to be one, and I finally did it for AWA! But of course I had to complicate things and made an original, not accurate, version for my first one. :P

There’s a lot to say about this costume. It started out with me loving Merida, and loving crazy red hair and freckles, but not wanting to do a costume that’s so incredibly overdone right now. Her everyday dress is okay, but its actually kind of boring (blasphemy! I know). One day I was at the ren fest, and I saw this gorgeous red rabbit pelt at the fur stall, and I thought, wow, this is so Merida! I knew then that I had to do some kind of alternate version of her. The other princesses had “historically accurate” fanart, why not Merida, too?

I started out trying to research the time period of the movie. No luck, and apparently other people had the same problem. The architecture and dresses and materials and just everything in the movie is a mish mash of time periods, so I had to make something up. I also had a difficult time pin pointing specific Scottish fashion. Seems that they wore the same clothes as their European neighbors and nothing super specifically Scottish. (My sources are Google and Wikipedia mind you, I’m not part of the SCA or anything like that to get super secret historical accuracy information, maybe one day). So I left it alone for awhile.

lucrezia_borgiaThen I saw the show “Borgia: Faith and Fear”, and I beheld Lucrezia Borgia. She has curly red hair and immediately reminded me of a proper Merida. And her dresses are very similar if you look past the fine fabric and poofy sleeves. Just looking at this picture, I thought, this is it! This is my version of Merida! And that time period is 15th/16th century, the clothing Italian. And since the Scottish at this time wore whatever generic European fashions were around, this could have been something Merida would have worn, assuming Brave takes place somewhere in the 1400-1500s.

danielle_everafterStill not convinced? Look at this picture of Danielle from Ever After. Yeah, that is almost the same exact dress Merida wears, and its from the same time period. (more…)