A) COLLECTION: Comédie-Française
DESCRIPTIF COSTUME: Pourpoint en soie gris perle. Applications de dentelle argent, paillettes, pierres. Culotte en soie parme avec résille argent. Rhingrave en soie gris perle, dentelle argent.
DESCRIPTIF COSTUME: Pourpoint en soie jaune pâle, applications de dentelle or, et paillettes. Culotte bouffante en soie jaune pâle couverte de résille or. Canons dentelle. Rhingrave en soie jaune pâle. Rubans or, blanc, jaune. Galons et paillettes or.
4 months ago I blogged about an American Civil War mourning costume I created for a project ( please find the original post here and here ). It is my pleasure (and utter happiness) to share the news with you that the same costume has been featured in a film!
Unfortunately the movie still has a working title but I can confirm that it was shot near Greenwich University and is set in the 1860s. It is so thrilling to be able to see what my costume look like from the other side of the camera lens. The trim was the perfect touch and frames the actress’ face in a very pleasing way.
To celebrate this momentous occasion I am going to share with you my top ten favorite mourning costumes as well as some interesting objects I found while working on the new exhibition, Mourning Memphis for The Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum.
For Cersei’s wedding outfit the designer Michele Clapton had some rich dark red velvet printed with a gold design of the house of Lannister. I echoed this design which has 2 rampant lions but scaled it up to fit in a band around the top of the arm. I painted the design onto some gold organza and then started to embroider into it building up layers and texture. I used threads, small pearls, Swarovski crystals, metal beads, Italian tubular mesh wire, closed jump rings, and fine metal purl. Once the motifs were embroidered I cut the organza away and then stitched the embroidery onto the costume.
Cersei had a new kimono style costume and for this dress the designer Michele Clapton wanted lions embroidered on the sleeves and wanted it to be bolder and more armour like. For this costume I embroidered stumpwork lions heads so they we particularly 3D and the decoration around was metallic and heavily encrusted with beads and metal rings
I can’t explain just yet what I will doing on Bastille Day but I will be wearing a Chemise a la Reine based on this.
Robe chemise : Réalisation Atelier Caraco
1. Gowns of upper class women were designed to highlight their bosom and showcase precious jewelry.
2. Lucrezia Borgia wore only the finest, most exquisite gowns. Her wardrobe has been meticulously recreated.
Both images courtesy of the Showtime Pinterest Board: Creating the Borgias
When the Balmoral first started up the band was playing modern music which ruined the mood. Lizzy and I stood on the stern of the SS Shieldhall and both thought we wouldn’t cry.
We sobbed like children.
When the Balmoral started off and the shout went up we both began to wave handkerchiefs flying in the wind. I was so happy and suddenly I realized that 100 years ago the crowd stood here full of joy and happiness never knowing that for many this would be the last sight of their loved one. I’m not sure which one of us started crying first but when we looked at each other we dissolved into tears. You could see some of the passengers on the Balmoral were visibly reduced to tears. More cheers and more tears.
I was starting to calm down when the sun came out and we both started sobbing all over again. The sky had been dark and grey with black clouds rolling in all day and when the Balmoral turned the clouds parted and the sun highlighted the ship. We both firmly believe in our hearts that this was a blessing from the ones lost aboard the Titanic.
I stood there on the stern of the ship celebrating for the Balmoral and mourning for the Titanic. Yesterday I let the Titanic go. The ghosts are laid to rest and she will forever live on in my memories.
One of my classmates just posted this link in our class facebook group so of course I had to pass it on to the costume enthusiasts here!!!!
The auction is on December 3rd, 2011 and here is a link to the website where you can download the free catalog!
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
The Royal colour purple.
In the exhibition this costume was described as: "Supremacy. Purple silk moire robe, growing in stature to unapproachable scale and authority. Military command sealed with cut steel orders across a hardened bodice."
Casually browsing through some photos when I noticed a bonnet that seemed awfully familiar to me.
I started looking through the Bright Star film stills and realized no wonder I knew that bonnet, I have a photo of me wearing it! A few months ago I toured a film studio in London and we were given free reign to photograph whatever we wanted. I went straight for the Rococo section and photographed the Marie Antoinette costumes. After fawning over the little girls costume I wondered over to The Young Victoria section. I had to forcefully pull myself away and get lost in the Regency. I’ve gone through the Bright Star movie stills and after going through my photos I realized I photographed almost all of fanny’s wardrobe!
I started looking through the Bright Star film stills and realized no wonder I knew that bonnet, I have a photo of me wearing it!
A few months ago I toured a film studio in London and we were given free reign to photograph whatever we wanted. I went straight for the Rococo section and photographed the Marie Antoinette costumes. After fawning over the little girls costume I wondered over to The Young Victoria section.
I had to forcefully pull myself away and get lost in the Regency. I’ve gone through the Bright Star movie stills and after going through my photos I realized I photographed almost all of fanny’s wardrobe!