I had been meaning to make an Isabella costume for such a long time. I love Paradise Kiss manga and really loved how Isabella looked as well as some of Isabella’s quotes about the transformative aspect of clothing. I made this costume for Costume College 2015!
I really tried to get some proper coat tailoring techniques in and learn some new things with this jacket. It has horsehair canvas inside and I pad stitched the collar among other things. It doesn’t show up well in photos but the overall fabric is a black on black rose pattern and the cuffs and collar have a dot lace overlay. The skirt is a Truly Victorian pattern done in black and gold brocade with layers of black lace and velvet ribbons. The cravat has a lavender butterfly brooch and I’m wearing a purple rose ring.
Unfortunately all the fabrics are poly and all the layers of this costume make it pretty much a winter only costume.