Perhaps you might recall this lovely yet un-assuming little out fit that I posted way back in July.
It's actually something that has been a work in progress for almost 2 years now.
It is the Jane Austen Theater Dress.
Recently titled "No Apologies to Mr. Darcy" for the FashionArt show.
The taffeta on the skirt is hiding
A series of loops and cords
So that when the model raises her arms .... Up comes the curtain.
The underskirt is appliqued with a scene where Elizabeth becomes inappropriately damp in the presence of the rather stuffy Mr. Darcy...
( Happens to lots of Jane Austen characters, actually.)
We had a collar of vintage pearls and a fascinator made from birdcage net and the folded pages of the novel.
As many of you may know I have a rather morbid fascination with the societal restrictions placed on the mid-century female. So, I had some fun combining a slightly risque reveal on a vintage fashion piece with a scene from Jane Austen, which I love, but also makes me marvel at the ways women were marginalized and how their very well being was linked inextricably to their marrying or being cared for by a man.
I was so lucky to get to work with Chelsea Keating as my model. She really put everything into it and it was quite frankly totally amazing to see my creation come to life as she took it down the runway.
She was fun, and sweet and so perfect for it.
It wouldn't have been nearly as exciting without her enthusiasm and charisma!
Thank You, Chelsea!
And here is a little close up... for the crafty voyeurs.
( click the photo to enlarge...)
This is actually a w.i.p. photo.
There were silver and crystal rain drops added on the day before the show....
What can I say? Deadlines are my greatest inspiration!