Portfolio of Lily Absinthe Gowns

Silk taffeta, embroidered cotton, and lace are combined here for a beautiful “Seaside” gown, inspired by Impressionist paintings. Dyed to match chapeau in three straws is also  a Lily Absinthe exclusive.


Two of our Bridal and Special Occasion gowns in silk dupioni, satin, taffeta, gauze, tulle, and chiffon, both in the the style of 1877. Antique lace touches, hand made fleurs, undercarriages of ruffles for the trains, and hand finished…these are all Lily Absinthe touches that create memorable gowns meant to be worn for several lifetimes of celebrations.

Embroidered taffeta and demi-matte brocade pleated, piped, and banded in the style of 1878, with bodice embroidery and applique, and boasting a complete understructure of ruffles for the train to glide upon. Made for Robin B.

Rebecca, 1878

Apricot matte brocade demi-princess bodice and dyed to match cotton batiste waterfall of flounces make a beautiful 1878 gown, complete with the curiously shaped pocket of the era. Made for Rebecca D.

Plaid taffeta, 1877

Green and gold paid taffeta day gown with ruffles, ruches, and knife pleating and front plastron with copper shirring detail, made in the style of 1877 for Karen T.


Iridescent brocade with red velvet plastron, gold fly fringe layered with drawn thread fringe trim on the bodice, worn with a high-low hemline with a decorative petticoat by the Pyrate Queen Herself on Bourbon Street in the parade.

Garden Gown, 1878

Antique eyelet embroidered cotton and printed batiste dyed to match with silk taffeta knife pleating, bows, and covered buttons. Hat is straw lace and horsehair with a silk velvet underbrim, sewn here on my straw machines. Gown in the style of 1877.

Tissot Beauty

Demi-matte silk brocade and cotton textured lace dyed to match with taffeta and velvet ribbon for an 1870s semi-Directoire bodice and foundation skirt with knife pleating and sweep train. Made for Thena M.

Pleated Beauty, 1879

Ice blue silk dupioni silk pleated gown from an 1880 fashion plate completely hand finished except for the foundation seams. Made for Julia.


Silk taffeta base fabric and completely under-sewn knife pleating with English net overlays and shirring, silk duchesse satin bows and sashes, bodice is silk brocade with antique Brussels lace bertha and matching sleeve flounces. Complete understructure attached with petticoat. This gown is the “Anastasia” of our Lily Absinthe Bridal and Formal line.


Three Dance Hall Beauties of corsets with embroidered and beaded front corsets with hand basted spangled net overlays, Swarovski crystal beading and brooches, silk hand stitched bindings with double satin ribbon lacings. Each skirt is a different style of the early Dance Hall designs of the early 20th century and the 1940s – 1950s B-Western Revival films.


Two embroidered front piece corsets from silk brocade fashion fabric on coutil with pattern matched embroidery and applique work, pleated silk hip fans and Swarovski crystal beading and brooches with silk bows.

Frillies and Princess Slip

Cotton batiste frillies and princess slip in with insertion, ruching, ruffles, and vintage and modern reproduction lace. Made for Galen T.

Sunday Dress in Town

Ice blue and cream silk stripe with antique embroidered floral bands and shirred chiffon panels. hat is antique straw lace, sewn with horsehair braid on my antique straw machine. This was taken in Tombstone, we have a home there  with an additional atelier.

Tissot Princess Dress

Minty green silk princess style gown with silk knife pleating and dyed to match green cotton batiste flounces for a seamless waterfall of ruffles in the style of the artist Tissot used for his picnic paintings. Made for Thena M.

Tissot's "Shipboard Girl"

Cotton and linen nautical gown from another Tissot painting with navy silk and velvet ribbon trim and knife pleating. Made for and modeled by Thena M.

Lavender 1878

Lavender and peach matte damask with embroidered bordered net overlays on violet taffeta with knife pleats and pattern matched front plastron. Bonnet is antique, made for Rebecca D.

Tea Gown, 1880

Silk striped taffeta and dyed to match silk chine and dupioni decorative origami pleating with silk organza ruching on a semi-princess gown in the 1879 style. Tambour net skirt drape and lapels are antique, parasol is recovered in silk taffeta with chantilly flounces, hat is straw lace with horsehair sewn on my antique straw machines.

Watering Place Gown, 1882

Over-dyed cotton batiste gown with self fabric ruffles, ruches, shirring, and silk sashes in the style of 1882. Made for Rebecca D.

Travelling Suit

Vintage new old stock matte brocade and silk velvet dyed to match with silk taffeta foundation skirt with knife pleating and short inset train. Bodice has silk velvet front with original cut steel appliques, black Chantilly flounces, and antique Tambour net flounces at the cuffs. Hat is an 1880 antique “flowerpot” style, I recovered the parasol.

Straw and Silk 1878 Chapeau

Vintage navy lacquered straw sewn on my antique straw machines with a shirred silk lining and antique ribbons, glass buckle, and floral detail. Made in the style of Summer 1878.

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