Thought I would give you all a nice peek of one of the gowns I finished decorating. A before decoration pic from the sale and two pics of after. This gown has a linen top and a silk skirt, the seller was great in matching the texture and colors up that you don't know a difference unless you touch the fabric. I think there is definitely an improvement with the decoration. I love the gold trim decoration with white velvet ribbon in the middle, brightens it up. The fur in the sleeves is just genius and the beads really finished it off with a distinguished touch. Have one more small good piece of ermine fur, and I will have to figure out how I will use it well. I am working on the navy blue gown now I have lots of puff plans for this one, oh its so pretty and going to be so much more lovely when done.
Had to do something with my hair, so I just wore my black velvet french hood to keep it looking some what Renaissance-like, though this hat is too early compared to the gown. I will have to look into more elizabethan hats ;-) I have ideas but will have to find ways of putting them in use. Oh hoop skirts rock, so much easier to move in compared to petticoats all over the place under my gown, yeah new fan of the hoops or should I say farthingale;-)
Found an old movie called Le Princess de Cleves made in 1961, its all in french and can't find a translation to English. Its all about the French court in the 16th century. Has a wonderfully dressed class of actors and the enormous scale of old films with elaborately dressed cast of extras, which I wish was in color and not black and white. Though the texture of all the lovely garb can be seen through the silver screen presentation. What a wonderful depiction of a young vibrant Mary Queen of Scots newly married to the French Dauphin. The actress really looked just like the Clouet drawings and paintings of the time, wow just wow! Will have to look into this and some more costume drama films, I have a wide range already but always happy to see more on MQS.
I hope to post more as they come and this is just the start to getting the pictures for the Elizabethan Gown slide show, really excited. Also the wedding is only 8 days away so its going to be a hectic week, though really excited. Will post pics of the day too so stay tuned.
Oh one Blue Velvet Tudor gown sold, hope the other Green Tudor and Silver Tudor Gowns do too could really use the funds to pad things. Just will make life easier. I have a load of books that need to be gone, need to make room for all my lovely books on costuming on my shelf ;-) I have some old garb that no longer fits that has to be listed also, so have a few things to do before bed. Going to get back to some stitchery.
Not going to be a Ms. not more,