Evening Dress Worn by Wallis Simpson in a Cecil Beaton Photograph



Cecil Beaton photographed the Duchess of Windsor wearing this dress for British Vogue in 1939. To highlight and complement the eighteenth-century silhouette of the gown, Beaton photographed the duchess seated in a Louis XV chair against a Piranesi backdrop. During the late 1930s, as a reaction against sociopolitical realities, fashion and the decorative arts were heavily influenced by period revivalism.

Cecil Beaton was the Duchess of Windsor’s official photographer and played an important role in constructing her public image. The pair first met in 1930, when the duchess was married to Ernest Simpson. Beaton’s initial impressions of Wallis Simpson were far from favorable, describing her as “brawny and raw-boned in her sapphire blue velvet.” On his next meeting, however, which took place in 1934, he found her appearance much changed: “I liked her immensely. I found her bright and witty, improved in looks, and chic.”


Wishlist: milagrosas de la virgen de caridad, hoops that say angel, charms of saints to put on a gold chain, golchin rose water, vintage lingerie, thin silk dresses, packets of dried flowers, teas with roses in them, oils for my complexion, books on ancient Arabic poetry, small perfume vials


So my mum opened an Etsy shop for her jewellery, called Collaratura! 

She makes absolutely beautiful handmade necklaces, bracelets, and earrings out of stunning vintage silks and real pearls! She’s so excited to have been able to open a shop online after being encouraged by making a few offline sales, so it would be SO kind for people to reblog and share her work, and maybe take a little look!

(She phoned me because she had a page view ;W; she’s a very good good lady)

Thanks for looking :D!


Bharatanatyam traditional dancer’s set of clothes and jewelry for EID female commission. Vintage sari silks & brocades, a lots of beads and findings are used for this costume.

I had a lot of issues making it: first of all, I had to wait nearly 3 months to get all the beads from Ebay because several parcels got lost and I had to request refunds.

Yhe pleating part was tricky, as the metallic border is springy and holds its shape in a certain way, so it’s impossible to gather the pleats very cosely. Traditional Bharatanatyam clothes are all attached with threads, pins and God knows what else while I tried hard to make the doll’s dressing process as easy as possible. So the scarf is attached to the skirt, as well as the gathered apron. The head jewelry is attached with a series of thin black stretchy cords that shouldn’t be visible on the black wig.

Luckily for me, one of the fellow hobbyists borrowed me Iplehouse EID body so I could fit the clothes perfectly. Otherwise I had a hard time fitting the choli shirt, as it should be sewn very close to the body.

The choli has an intricated embroidery done with beads and metal findings. It matches the jewelry, that is also adorned with a numerous beads.

That’s the kind of costume I wouldn’t repeat, if you know what I mean ^_^