We are happy to announce that once again, we will be showing some our designs in the fashion show at the Clockwork Alchemy Convention on Sunday, May 28, 2017. At that time, we’ll be unveiling some new designs and while we would love to preview them, we’re keeping them under wraps for now- you’ll just have to wait. 🙂
This is an exciting opportunity for us in that we will get to display some of our newest designs before the public and it brings up to a whole new level. Clockwork Alchemy is oriented towards steampunk but don’t let that throw you- it’s rooted in the Victorian Era and that’s exactly where we are.
We look forward to seeing you so stay tuned for more information! Now, back to work…
A room is just a room unless there’s some furniture but we’re remedying that situation… 🙂 Here we’re refreshing a tired 1920s era desk and small table:
First for the small table…
We selected a warm shade of white to harmonize with the other furniture and walls of the Atelier. And for the desk…
The desk is painted in a light lavender that will harmonize quite nicely with the pink walls in the Atelier. Stay tuned for more! 🙂
Progress continues with the new Atelier. Yesterday I installed the cutting table – actually a re-purposed dinner table. The cutting mat is on order and should be arriving anyday. Moving forward step by step… 🙂
The renovations for the new Atelier are finally complete and now comes the process of moving in…so much stuff… We never realized just HOW much fabric we had stashed away until we finally had to load it all up in the truck and transport it…and we still have a bit to go… but we’re making progress! 🙂
Miss Molly, our creative consultant oversees everything from her bed of pillows.
Mourning wear was a major element of Victorian clothing, governed by elaborate protocols that dictated style, color, and material. Naturally, the use of the color black was central in mourning wardrobes and early on, the color was for the most part co-opted for this express purpose. However, by the end of the 19th Century, we see some relaxation of the “rules” and the color black started to make it’s appearance in more everyday wear and especially with evening wear. Below is just one example that was created by the House of Worth sometime in the 1897 to 1899 time frame:
Worth, Evening Gown, c. 1897 – 1899; Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy (00000113)
Three-Quarter Rear View
The use of the term “evening gown” is a bit misleading in that this dress would have worked either as an evening dress (any event that was not a ball) or a ballgown. The sleeves are relatively restrained, lacking the gigot silhouette. The bodice has a deep wasp-waist and the skirt has a minimal train. Although it’s hard to see with the lighting, the skirt front is decorated in two patterns of jet beading using a vine motif. For the skirt back, we see beading on an overlayer of net. The bodice front is also decorated with floral bead patterns that extent to the neck line. Along the front neckline, the black fabric has been cut out so as to create the appearance of leaves rising up on their own combined with a lighter silk/net inset. To complete the look, there’s a strip of ivory/cream lace running along the rear neckline. Overall, the beaded black fashion fabric combined with artful cutting has created a very dramatic effect using a minimum of color- this dress definitely depended on the ambient light to create its effect.
As with many of the examples we find online, there always seems to be a lack of information and close-up pictures. We would have been very interested in seeing the details of the beadwork and the bodice inset panels. So, there it is- black can be used in ways that are by no means limited to mourning so why not give it a try? 🙂