More photos of the finished 1890s ensemble! I’m so happy with how this looks and photographs. It turned out exactly I wanted it to, which is the most wonderful feeling!
This costume consists of four main pieces - a skirt, blouse, jacket, and hat. I used faux wool flannel and silk for the vast majority of the ensemble and It was designed, drafted, and made entirely by me.
This project wasn’t difficult, but it did test my patience at times. I’ve never done this much pattern matching before and it was more time consuming than I had expected. I also ran into some road blocks with skills I was unfamiliar with…like making the collar, and designing soutache patterns. But I got it all figured out in the end!
I’ve documented the process in great detail on my blog, those posts can be read here. More photos are posted here, and a video that shows the details and process of getting into this costume is posted here!
The French Symbolist Gustave Moreau, one of the most distinctive artists I can think of, painted Jupiter and Semele in 1894 and 1895.
It depicts the story of Zeus appearing to his mortal lover, Semele. It’s a tale that explains both Zeus’ habit of showing up to his sundry women in the guise of animals, money, gusts of wind, &c., and the danger of tiny old ladies who give you strange romantic advice: sometimes they’re actually the wives of your weird deity boyfriends trying to trick you into demanding a glimpse of said boyfriend in his highly lethal superhuman-being form.
In short, don’t sleep with Zeus.
Semele, unfortunately, did not take my advice, and here dies in a visual cacophony of flowers and partially clad figures.