Tuesday 13 November 2012

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    Bows, feathers and lace :: the dark allure and beauty of Valentino

    . . . I just saw this post on This is Glamorous ~ even though Halloween has passed I couldn’t resist sharing it, AND A White Carousel was credited too.

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    {Image sources & credits : bella bella boutiquea white carouselthe terrier and the lobsterstyle.com via This is Glamorous}

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    Tuesday 6 March 2012

    dark beauty

     

    Time seems to disappear into a big black hole ~

    and in the darkness is mystery, unexpected pleasures and glimpses of light.

    {Image via Debutantes Ball}

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    Sunday 29 May 2011

    Embellished LBD & Glistening Jets

     

    No-one wants to kiss a girl in black. Black is worn as the colour of mourning in Downton Abbey, and these dresses beautifully embellished with lace and jet jewels.

    Designing for Downton ~ Costume Designer for Downton Abbey, Susannah Buxton was interviewed by Ideas Tap. She talks about the precision and attention to detail that went into the costume, below is an excerpt.

    My starting point for Downton was France; at the time a lot of the influences in the period of 1912-1914 came from a Parisian designer called Paul Poiret. He was trying to pull away from the very highly corseted shape of the era and was influenced by Russian ballet company the Ballet Russes.

    On Downton, about a third of everything the actors wear is made from scratch. There was press criticism that some of the wardrobe was hired, but it would be insanely expensive to make every item, as some fabrics don’t even exist anymore – but you can find them in an original dress. I refashioned a £5,000 gown made for Nicole Kidman in a feature film 10 years ago to fit Michelle Dockery [Mary]. I couldn’t possibly have made that dress – we couldn’t afford the jet beading.

    Mary spends some of her time in London because she is the oldest daughter; she’s a determined, positive person, not flimsy or lacy, so we were very definite with her clothes. Sybil, the youngest daughter, still has a girlish quality but as she grows up she becomes interested in politics and the Suffragettes, which I tried to reflect in her costume. The middle girl, Edith, is less confident because she’s in the shadow of this rather beautiful older sister. I have avoided making her costume reflect this as I felt it would be a cliché.

    I think to recycle costumes is to be applauded. Gowns and accessories from the likes of A Room With A View and the 2004 film Finding Neverland were recycled for the series to name just a few.

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    Friday 27 May 2011

    black lovely :: another Oscar

     

    Oscar de la Renta’s Pre-Fall 2011 Collection at 583 Park Avenue on December 6, 2010 in New York City, had some Mad Men moments… more dress coveting!

    {Images via fashion inquisitive}

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