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Someday I will stop talking about these two dresses. Today is not that day.

Grace Kelly’s wedding dress (designed by Helen Rose, two-time Oscar-winning costume designer) is a masterpiece. Rich materials, exquisitely tailored. Part of what makes this gown so appealing, though, is its proportions. The cummerbund extends from the waist to the underbust, which gives visual lift to the bust. The bodice is essentially three different sections—the cummerbund (solid), the bust (lace over solid), and the upper chest/shoulders (lace alone). Each section is roughly the same size, meaning the rule of thirds has been applied. Everything is well-balanced visually.

Another important thing to remember is that women in the 50s generally wore different undergarments than women today. Kelly was most likely wearing a girdle, which helped shape that slim waist, and the skirt had a significant crinoline and probably had hip padding as well to achieve that silhouette.

Kelly’s dress was produced by a team of 36 seamstresses in six weeks. Despite the close fit of the lace bodice, seams are virtually impossible to find. Hiding seams in lace is not an impossible task but it is time-consuming; it involves overlapping lace appliqué on the seams. The swan neck is also perfect, flowing without wrinkles over her collarbones and laying flat against her neck. No matter how she holds her arms, there is no strain on the bodice.

And then we get to JMo’s cosplay version. 

The proportions are off. The cummerbund doesn’t come up high enough. The result is the illusion of a low bust. There’s also no excuse for the bottom edge to be flipping up like that. She isn’t wearing a girdle (which, I can’t really blame her) and also has little or no hip padding, so the dress as a very flat silhouette. The skirt pleats are weirdly off-center, but the line of buttons is not (how is that even possible?). With her arms out on either side, the bodice is straining across the upper chest. The swan neck isn’t flush like it’s supposed to be and the lace edge isn’t even symmetrical. It’s closer to the buttons on one side than the other. An attempt was made to mirror the lace across the placket but the sides are off by enough to make it look weird.

And those seams are visible from space.

Sure, this is a recognizable copy, but in the same way that Yo-Yo Ma and your eleven-year-old nephew both play the cello. At this stage, I’m forced to assume that the costume department had two days and one fitting with JMo, or that they’re actively trolling everyone with this thing.

Let's review what we actually DID learn from 7x12

1. Hanna low key kinda stole a design from Claudia… as far as Claudia would see it. So that could cause trouble.

2. Who raided Hanna’s closet for dresses? Who showed them to Katherine? Who insists that the dress in question is the one she HAD to have? Mona.

So who most likely was responsible for Jenna getting the white copycat version? Mona.

3. Aria has Google Alerts set up for Ezra, I guess.

4. Aria is pissed off because, not only is it possible they were engaged… but because their are old photos of them together as well?

5. According to Jenna, Noel was cut off by his parents, meaning that he had debts.

6. Also according to Jenna, Charlotte had left money behind, but they have to find it?

She says “He recruited me for that treasure hunt, because he thought I had all the answers.”

This sort of implies that Sara, Noel and Jenna were all trying to find either some hidden money, or they are also playing a game and that’s the prize?

Didn’t Sara say something to Emily along the lines of “We’re all looking for the same thing?” Could it really be as simple and as boring, as money?

7. The puzzle pieces may form a map.

8. Addison is hitting a bong in the alley behind the Brew.

Who would even have a camera out in the Alley behind the Brew? Maybe the owner who is kind of obsessed with surveillance?

9. OK… so this woman exits the clinic…and then stands there for a minute like she’s been waiting for someone. Then Aria comes along and tells her story, and this lady looks like she doesn’t believe a second of it. Then she conveniently tells Aria what room she can find Nicole in. Ummm?

10. Holden tells Aria that he stopped her from visiting Nicole, because he didn’t want her to make ‘another mistake’.

Aria’s life is riddled with poor choices… but what 'other’ mistake is he referring to?

Random theories

- There is something off about Mona. I’ve seen someone say that she is actually someone else in disguise?

- That got me thinking… what if Mona was the one who died that night, and Bethany has been pretending to be her ever since (HUGE stretch, but you never know).

- Still suspicious about Kathryn Daly, but looks like next week might be her last episode, so maybe she actually IS irrelevant.

- Also, it’s convenient that Jenna was wearing the exact dress Mona picked out of all Hanna’s dresses. I think this is another clue pointing to Mona. That, and Mona just happened to pick the one dress Hanna had problems with? Mona is definitely working with AD.

- Jenna’s a liar, obviously.

And on even young adult novels in this universe give Regina a creepy backstory…

Regina is 16.  She’s at a royal ball and being set up for courtship by among other people Queen Eva, to a man who has already a widower twice over and this is his physical description:

The top of his head rose only to my nose.  He looked to be about three times my age, with a floppy reddish mustache, a scraggly beard that seemed to be holding on to the point of his chin for dear life, and baggy folds of skin under his eyes that reminded me of Thaddeus’s.  He dressed like a gentleman of means, complete with a ruffled cravat, a royal-blue jacket tailored to his barrel-shaped chest, and gleaming pointy-toed shoes.  Yet he smelled like he’d taken a roll in a cabbage patch.  –Regina Rising, p198

16… she’s 16 in this book. 

anonymous asked:

Ah I'm in love~ i have to ask, WHERE did you get that dress!! It's so cute and suits you so well I'm jealous ahh~ (if possible could you tell the type of dress that is;;)

I didn’t buy it :( Not yet anyway, I will come back for it! But I got it at this store called Papaya :) And the type of dress? I have no idea, sorry! 

These Boots Were Made For Stalking

The girls don’t want to play AD’s board game:

This Addison chick keeps on eavesdropping on Emily:

Originally posted by thewaritneverends

Addison telling Paige that Emily is hitting on the girls:

Jenna is wearing a copy of Hanna’s dress:

Hanna got locked in a cage at a cobbler’s shop:

Addison getting sent to the principal’s office:

The puzzle is a map to something or someone…

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Yoon Young Bae & Irina Liss by Tim Walker - Maison Margiela Artisanal s/s 2017

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Throwback Thursdays:

Christian Dior Couture “May” dress, Spring/Summer 1953.