I am so annoyed with myself! I have missed a vital clue on Christine’s wardrobe. Look what’s written on the mirror bride dummy sketch:
“PALE BLUE STOCKINGS + CLOCKS + SEAMS BLUE GARTERS WHITE SATIN SHOES”
“Bluestocking” was (and is) a common reference to an educated, intellectual woman (not always used as a positive reference, mind you). I don’t know if this is intentional here or not. But I like the idea.
Garters is self explanatory. BUT blue ones is a typical bridal reference, with brides often using the garters as “something blue”. Which corresponds well with the Mirror Bride wearing a wedding dress. It also tells of the Phantom’s extremely pedantic nature and/or preparation. Interesting to see that the word “blue” was added.
“Clocks” is not a watch. It’s a word originally used to describe a wedge added to the lower part of a sock to make it fit well around the foot. This wedge was often camouflaged with nice embroidery, and eventually “clocks” became a generic name of embroidery on stockings, whether it had the a wedge or not.
That’s some hardcore dress history knowledge from Maria Bjørnson.
(it should be added few or no mirror bride dummies has had these blue stockings and garters. The ones I’ve seen has been white, or they haven’t had any at all. And it’s also not what Christines tend to wear under the wedding dress. But the interesting part is that the Phantom - and Maria B - IMAGINES Christine in this. So as such it’s a part of her wardrobe, like the “Lost dress”)
I found Christine costume sketches I made around 2000. It’s how I planned to make my costumes, before I started sewing. Some turned out pretty much as planned, others totally not… But I rather like these sketches, as I never continued with any sort of drawing and this was a nice blast from the past.
And apparently I was really REALLY into the Aminta costume…
Hi, Anea! I was wondering how you can differentiate the West End and Broadway wedding dress? If I see a picture, I can tell but I can't say what sets them apart? It feels like Broadway's is sharper, if you will. Also, what is up with some of those shiny materials, like Sierra's wedding dress in Las Vegas?
Hi there! As far as the recent wedding dresses goes, the main clue is the skirts. The US style wedding dresses (including Broadway and Las Vegas) use a silvery lace of alternating broad and narrow width:
While the UK ones have a thick embroidered lace of even length. This one doesn’t have the silvery touch, and comes off as heavier/fluffier:
Another visibly different part is the basque, the “belt” like area around the hips. The newer US ones has a pleated satin version:
While newer UK ones are straight satin versions with silvery trims:
There’s also differences in the construction of the bodice, the execution of the backdrapes, the decorations of the sleeves etc. But the lace used in the skirt and the pleated/non-pleated basque are two vital clues which usually lets you determine if the dress is from the UK or US. A good example is Sierra Boggess wearing both styles:
(the Las Vegas dress didn’t use shinier materials than say Broadway. The latter also have silvery lace and a ribbed silvery “Ottoman” fabric in the bodice. But it might be that they photographed differently because of different light effects?)