V8: Bring On the Edwardians...

Jan 8, 2012 8 comments
1911, the Met
As much as I adore musing (or tearing my hair out) over 1770s costume ideas, fabrics, and plans, there are more pressing matters to attend to.

The first "big" costume of 2012 for me, as for many  of you, is the 1912 Titanic Centennial gown.  If you are a member of the Facebook group "The Unsinkables," you know we've been posting images likes crazy. (Join The Unsinkables if you haven't already!).

I want to share with you some of my favorite inspiration gowns that are influencing my design.  My color scheme is purple, as I've already found a gorgeous plum-colored beaded net.  It's time to decide on a design...

From Vogue, April 1912.  I like the simplicity of this, and it really shows off the overlay
Plaza Gown Parlors, evening gown, 1911-12.
Callot Sœurs (France, Paris, circa 1890 - circa 1950) Woman's Evening Dress, circa 1912
French evening dress, 1910.
Herbert Luey, evening dress, 1912.
Callot Soeurs | c. 1910-14 . One of my most favorite gowns of all time
Love the Indian fabrics on this.  Me netting is a bit Indian-inspired, something like this might work.
1912 evening gown, Brooklyn Museum. Another of my most adored.
Lina Cavaliere, 1910s
Then of course there's this, we're all familiar with:

Janet Arnold's "Laurel Dress" pattern.
I, at this point, have almost no plan.  I want the net to be a hanging overlay, like with the Laurel dress.  I like everything about the Laurel dress, in fact, but I don't want to be one in a crowd of Laurel dresses.  Perhaps more butterfly sleeves instead of tight?   A design will present itself soon :-)


  1. I know exactly the design of the dress I want. The problem is that teh fabric I want doesn't seem to be available anymore. I want a time machine and go fabric shopping in the past!

  2. LOVE the peacock dress!!! :) :) :)

  3. I second the lovein' of the peacock dress!

  4. That peacock dress, I think, is one of the most beautiful gowns ever!

    Isis, I know exactly what you mean. Bring me some fabric from your time travel trip, pls!

  5. I've been pondering a purple dress as well. I love deep purple. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

  6. The Peacock dress is gorgeous! It looks even better from the back (if that's even possible). I'm going with autumnal colors olive and pumpkin or paprika (I just can't decide...)

    I can't wait to see your finished product...

  7. I adore the one with the Indian fabric! Eager to see your plum design!

  8. Looking forward to seeing the design, and I also would like to put in a request for some time-traveled fabrics.


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