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Lady of the House of Love
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My entry this year is inspired by the Countess from Angela Carter's short story Lady of the House of Love.
She is an inhumanly beautiful creature who is described as wearing an old lace negligee to sleep and her mother's antique wedding dress as a sort of uniform while she is awake.
The gown in the story is from the 1860s, but I took my inspiration from 1900s tea gowns and Dita Von Teese's Nina Ricci wedding lingerie.
For the colours I chose to use pale nude with pale gold and silver to keep the bridal feel but with more of an ethereal and otherworldly aesthetic.
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The bra and knickers are made from a couture French lace in a sandy nude tone over a nude illusion net, with pale nude strapping and silver components. There is a
The corset is a simple underbust made from pale nude spot broche with the same French lace as an overlay.
The suspenders are made from wide strapping with vintage silver and pale nude hardware from the 1960s. They have a couture French lace overlay which is pale gold and matches the robe. I chose to add these because I spent most of 2020 working on my own technique for antique-inspired ruffled suspenders and it was important for me to include those in my entry when they are part of what defined my work over the past year.
The robe is made from pale gold couture French lace. It is very fitted with princess seams to the knee, and the scalloped edge of the lace is at the center front. The bottom of the robe is ivory satin cut as a double circle skirt.
The hardest part of the project was the gloves. These are made from the same lace as the lingerie and I used a pattern from 1957. They were extremely fiddly to make as the finger pieces have vents.
I made the gold leather "bat" bows on the bra and gloves with my Cricut.