*costumes

As the luckiest woman in the world, Marinette Dupain-Cheng has a wonderful life, which all changes after she kisses a stranger (Adrien Agreste) at a costume party. She sees everything turn into a living hell, as she realizes that she has unwittingly exchanged her good fortune for the stranger’s bad luck.

gail and i have started a miraculous ladybug just my luck AU

This has been such an exhausting month so far and I’ve never been more hopeful.

“I’m extremely sad Disney officially changed the rules as it’s posted under the guidelines on the website now that guests over 14 aren’t allowed to be in costume for the Halloween parties at Disneyland. For me the best part was that adults can dress up since we can’t the rest of the time. I go all out with my costumes so for me it’s not really worth the money if I can’t dress up.”

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The Wishing Gown!

The absolute biggest labor of love I’ve taken on to date! I based mine on the US/Broadway versions, which meant sewing about 100 some odd yards of the aqua satin ribbon and navy blue velvet ribbon throughout the engageantes, hem, panniers, pleats, bow center and waterfall drapery of the gown. As much work as it was, there are just so many things about this version that I like more than any other, I remember seeing the Wishing Gown when it was just finished on the shop, the backdrapes had yet to go through ten thousand rounds of dry cleaning and pressing and it had this gorgeous soft flow to it, rather than the very deliberate looking ones that we tend to see as the gown ages- and that was the image that really stuck out in my mind when I was creating the folds.

When I finished it in time for NYCC, it had a far less defined bustle (or “Vegas-based” if you will) which contributed to a lot of the issues I had with it, to the point where I almost didn’t really want to deal with it again for BroadwayCon, but once I added a bigger bumroll to it, the skirt finally took on the silhouette I had always envisioned. 

If you’re interested in seeing the costume making process from start to finish (as well as the various photoshoots we’ve done along the way) click here for my Wishing Gown Adventures!

And finally, while I might end up taking on other Wishing Gown commissions in the future, I will be retiring the Broadway version from my repertoire, sorry folks!

If you’re interested in seeing the costume making process (as well as the various photoshoots we’ve done along the way) click here for my Wishing Gown Adventures!

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I just realised the alarming lack of round gowns at the blog! In Spanish these dresses are called “vestidos redondos” (literally round dresses). The round gowns began as a dress that was not petticoat and a gown, but a single piece that closes at the front and looks quite similar to the robe à l'anglaise (remember my Halloween gown? That’s a round dress!).

Se here are a few examples of these dresses that are the beginning of the Regency fashion:

  1. “Portrait of Constance Pipelet”, Jean-Baptiste-Françoise Desoria, 1797, Art Institute Chicago.
  2. Silk damask dress, ca. 1795-1800, Amsterdam Museum.
  3. “Self portrait”, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, 1790.
  4. Round gown, ca. 1785, Kyoto Costume Institute.
  5. Dark blue-green silk dress, late 1790s, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
  6. Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice, 2005, costume design by Jacqueline Durran.
  7. Round gown, ca. 1795, Italian, Met Museum.
  8. “Portrait of Mrs. Emilie Seriziat and son”, Jacques Louis David, 1795.
  9. Dress, ca. 1795, LACMA.
  10. “Anna Tolstoy”, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, ca. 1785-1801.