And Now For A New Belle Epoch Ball Gown…

Inspired by Sargent’s portraits, my newest Belle Epoque gown has a gorgeous suite of extant lace and net. The simplest designs mask the most difficult techniques…but this dress dances divinely. Seed pearl choker from Elizabeth Emerson Designs, earrings from Dames A La Mode, gown of course is yours truly…more images to come.

And On To The Ballgown…

The Bonnie Prince has spoken, time to take a break! Today, I’ve been balancing another 1890s style skirt, this is the one with that crazy wild pleated silk bayleuse. How does that skirt get that amazing shape? Two ruffled petticoats, hip padding, skirt hem facings, padded hems, and all those silk ruffles underneath. See how the skirt “floats”? That’s my kind of dreamy look…tomorrow, she gets a waistband! Lesson here? Never underestimate the power of underpinnings.  <3

And here’s another view sans Prince Angus…