DEBUT: Cosplay Expo: A Walk in the Garden 2015 and Social Daunce Irregulars Grand Holiday Victorian Ball 2015, Ball gown bodice added for Social Daunce Irregulars Grand Holiday Victorian Ball 2016,
I’d been meaning to make a new Victorian costume for a long time. I really love bustle styles. A friend invited me to the Grand Holiday Ball and I really didn’t have anything to wear but had a lot of stash fabrics and insanity, so I suddenly made a new gown! It helped that I already had a lot of the patterns, supplies and underthings. I was inspired a lot by the costumes in Crimson Peak.
This dress is almost entirely silk and natural fibers. In particular there is silk that I brought back from my trip to Beijing in this dress, which made it a lot more special to me. I wanted a lot of tone on tone details in the dress (even though they don’t show up well in photos…) so I alternated panels of regular silk taffeta with different patterns of Chinese silk. I added red velvet vintage flowers and leaves all over the hat and the middle of the bodice. There are beaded appliqués and trim and fringe trim as well as ribbon embellishment. My friend Judy helped me to form the straw tall hat a long time ago and I’m just now getting to be able to wear it.
Photos thanks to Erwin Lopez, Dennis Chu, Gilbert Chen and Jason Nishi.