A few years ago, a good friend of our invited us to participated in a fashion show at Clockwork Alchemy, a steampunk-themed convention annually held in the Bay Area. Participating in a fashion show has got to be one of the most stressful, yet exhilarating experiences in the fashion world and this show was no exception. 🙂
After much hard work, staying up late many nights, and otherwise working out a host of logistical details both big and small, we’re happy to say that it’s all done and we are extremely happy! We presented two dresses, an evening dress and a day dress, both following an amethyst/violet color palette. Below are just a few pictures to whet the appetite, we’ll be providing a more detailed overview in future posts:
The evening dress on the left is our latest design, the “Lucy”, named after Lucy Westenra, the ill-fated companion of Mina Harker in Bram Stoker’s book Dracula and the subsequent Dracula movies. The dress on the right, the “Camille” is a lavender day dress in shades of lavender with amethyst accents. Both dresses are executed in the Mid-Bustle Era style (late 1870s/early 1880s) and represent some our most recent creations. In future posts, we’ll be providing more details so stay tuned. 🙂
Here are a couple of pictures taken post-show against a very interesting backdrop… 😉
And here are a couple of post-show views of the Lucy dress showing the train in all its glory:
And for a little post-show silliness…it’s been a long weekend. 🙂
We look forward to being able do this in the future! 🙂
More pictures coming, this dress was inspired by my love of Monet’s water lily paintings. Hand painted and gilded flowers and leaves, dyed to match English net, silk taffeta, and one of my antique suites of bridal lace…the bayleuse ( under petticoat train ruffles) are all in a gorgeous vintage watery satin. A good day.♡
1883 Harper’s Bazar gown, scaled from an original sheet, extant hat, and four kinds of pleating. Train detaches for walking length… those Victorians designers were geniuses! There’s a bridal version of this on my cutting table to finish, too.
It’s Tuesday morning and Clockwork Alchemy 2019 is a wrap. Somewhat belated is a brief glimpse of the fashion show itself. Unfortunately, because we were actively working as models, we were unable to obtain any pictures so we’ve had to secure them from other sources. So here’s a brief overview… 🙂
It’s showtime! Yes, it’s on! After a morning or dressing the models, it was finally time to hit the stage, so to say. The set-up was actually a rotating display between a series of stations, an arrangement designed to create a good traffic flow that would avoid bunching up. Since we were directly involved in the proceedings, we were unable to get any pictures so we’re going to have to rely on others… 🙂 Here are just a few:
And finally, here’s a group portrait of all the participants in the fashion (Note: not all of these were our models):
It was a good time and it gave us an opportunity to meet a lot of very talented people and we look forward to doing this in the future.
Well, it’s been a fun past four days but now it’s time to head south and back to the LA Atelier. It’s a lot of work putting on a fashion show and it couldn’t have been done without the help of a lot of dedicated people and for that we are thankful. Now to start planning for our next adventure… 🙂
Goodbye to Whitechapel…