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Galleries down [Apr 2, 2006 | 6:07pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Sadly my host is down at the moment which means that most if not all of my pictures are unavailable. They should be back online soon. Sorry for any inconvience.


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Museum of Costume Collection [Mar 12, 2006 | 9:52pm]

[ mood | restless ]

Ok, all the photos from Museum of Costume, Bath are uploaded into a shoddy gallery for the time being. The photos turned out really well considering the lighting and the glass.


The two pages I have online with notes are below, click the thumbnails to go to its page:


Ooops, I just bought a lot of fashion books. That can't be good can it?Collapse )
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Costumes from The Virgin Queen [Mar 5, 2006 | 2:15pm]

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The following are publicity photographs from Radio Times and Weekend magazine of the TV drama The Virgin Queen. The costume designer was Amy Roberts

I'd appreciate it if you'd link to lauralorien or unlockd_closet (or http://www.gardensoflorien.co.uk" if you use these for graphics on on your website as I spent ages scanning them in.

*More photos to add shortly*


This is also another view of the last dress here.

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c.1815 Hussar pelisse and hat [Mar 5, 2006 | 2:03pm]

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This is based on a costume that Becky Sharp wears in Vanity Fair (BBC version), mixing it with some items from Fashion~ Kyoto Museum.


Orginal sketch

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Elizabethan-mess dress [Mar 5, 2006 | 1:54pm]

Sorry for slightly spamming my f-list today but I have time today to update *wheee*

Original Portrait

A little while ago I had the stupid idea of making the dress from the portrait of Queen Elizabeth ~ The Pelican Portrait, the research of which can be seen here.

It soon became obvious that I could possibly make it, but it would mean me having to remortgage the house and probably admitting myself into a sanitorium by the end of it. Still, it was a nice idea while it lasted. I haven't given up entirely on the dress though, it would just mean me designing a dress which was loosely based on the Pelican dress.

I've kept most of the major elements of the dress only cutting costs by using a different fabric and leaving out the jewels and the most of embroidery. When I decided on using dupioni silk rather than velvet the colour changed also from crimson to a grey/blue. The hanging sleeves are still very much there though ~ Hurrah!

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Exhibition Photos #1 [Mar 5, 2006 | 11:29am]

[ mood | weird ]

I've finally uploaded nearly all my photos from my first visit to the Museum of Costume in Bath. My comments and descriptions are absolutely awful since I'm a bit short on time. Rest assured I will have full descriptions sometime this week.

Below are a few examples and links to the galleries. Hope you enjoy them. xx

The Collection



Jane Austen Film Costumes Exhibition

My scanner has gone all funky so I've only one sketch from the exhibition for the moment. Click on thumbnail for link to full sized image on flickr.

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Collected Movie Costume Links [Mar 2, 2006 | 1:36am]

[ mood | tired ]

I really have to update this properly, many effusions in an apologetic way. Will try and update tomorrow. I have a pretty Elizabethan mess dress and a pelisse I'm making in calico at the moment. No trauma so far, I'm basing both on pieces from the Patterns of Fashion books ~ Janet Arnold was a marvel and I found out the other day my friend at work was taught by her at university! Small world eh? Anyway, I digress....

Really I have to gush a little, I found a link to a gallery of photos taken of some fantabulous film costume exhibition which includes:

The dancing dress from Elizabeth
Marianne & Colonel Brandon's Wedding Costumes
Tatiana's Red Gown from Onegin *SQUEEEE*

and many others but I'm all squeee-d out to talk futher about it. I get far too excited about these things. Here's the link anyway ~

Fashion in Film and more here

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The Tudor Tailor Book [Jan 25, 2006 | 8:50pm]

[ mood | crazy ]

I think this is a must buy book.

I have high expectations of this since I'm a huge fan of Ninya Mikhaila one of the authors. Apparently it has 36 patterns with fuill step by step instructions as well as a wealth of information from all their research.

I encourage you to buy the book directly from the authors website since they will receive more commission and can get on with their next book ~ The Stuart Tailor! Woohoo!! If you pre-order the book before the end of January, you get free shipping anywhere in the world and a signed copy of the book.

The Tudor Tailor is published mid March 2006 and is priced at £20.
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Starry Mantle [Jan 6, 2006 | 4:18pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

Woooo! Long time, no post. Well, my costume stuff hasn't stopped contrary to my lack of updates. I'm now doing some voluntary work for a theatre group which is wonderful, I'm sure I'll learn so much from the costume team there. I've also changed jobs so I have more time to devote to actual costume making, something which seriously has had to have taken the back seat for a long time. Actually, not even the back seat, more like the boot or the roof rack. Anyway, I've got quite a lot to update but I'll start with this

Right, this is a sort of twist on Tolkien's description of Éowyn's starry mantle from Return of the King. I'm not going to fool myself into thinking it's canon, it's not, but really I don't care.

The quote from the book is :

They were clad in warm raiment and heavy cloaks, and over all the Lady Éowyn wore a great blue mantle of the colour of deep summer-night, and it was set with silver stars about the hem and throat. Faramir had sent for this robe and had wrapped it about her; and he thought that she looked fair and queenly indeed as she stood there at his side. The mantle was wrought for his mother, Finduilas of Dol Amroth, who died untimely, and was to him but a memory of loveliness in far days and of his first grief; and her robe seems to him raiment fitting for the beauty and sadness of Éowyn.

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Big Frou Frou purdy sparkly dress :) [May 7, 2005 | 11:20am]

[ mood | calm ]

I designed this dress aaaaages ago with the intention to make it. I think it's my favourite design I've done a good while. It'll be ivory satin with light peachy highlights very sheer and sheen...um..y with Swarovski cystals sewn at the waist dispersing downwards.

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