The Fashion Show…

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:

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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… 😉

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And here are a couple of post-show views of the Lucy dress showing the train in all its glory:

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And for a little post-show silliness…it’s been a long weekend. 🙂

Afterwards

We look forward to being able do this in the future! 🙂



Inspiration From Art…

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.♡



It’s All About The Colors…

Two years already, and I still love this silk duchesse gown! This shade of green wasn’t that popular then, but it seems to have inspired a few copies out in the ether…the perils of being a trendsetter. This was Pantone 2018’s Color of the Year #15-0950, the 2020’s prediction is “Classic Blue”. Time for a deep blue gown! 🙂

Afternoon Tea…

It’s always magical when an period costume event happens and everything comes together just right. This picture is from an event that I participated in a few years ago.


A special afternoon tea in San Marino spent with a group of beautifully bustle’d ladies, we then retired to the Japanese Garden for pictures. Some days are magic.