Lady of the House of Love



Lucy C Emke


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Outline the story …

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.

Outline the construction…

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.




  1. Avatar Charline on March 11, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Ouah ! This ensemble is so beautiful with so many elegant details. <3
    I LOVE IT.
    Congrat's !

  2. Avatar Linda Van Loon on March 11, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Very beautiful. I love the bat bows.

  3. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 11, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    I LOVE the bat bows and the cream colour palette with that pop of wine red- it read Vampy to me even before I read the text. So elegant

  4. Avatar Maeri Certo on March 12, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    This takes my breath away! No wonder lace always makes me think of you now! You have definitely show how incredible nude can be, how sexy and un-boring, and 90% of lingerie makes need to take a master class with you! I love everything and would wear the heck out of this. <3

    • Lucy Emke Lucy Emke on March 13, 2021 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you so much, and an especially massive thank you for sharing the listing for the suspender things, they are amazing.

  5. Avatar Amanda on March 13, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Beautiful and so delicate looking!

  6. Avatar Carol Hughey on March 13, 2021 at 1:31 am

    elegant and meticulously executed!

  7. Avatar Carly Van Groeningen on March 13, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Beautiful! I love the soft colours and textures.

  8. Kayren McKnight Kayren McKnight on March 14, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Those gloves are amazing. I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to stitch that lace.

  9. Avatar Elowen on March 15, 2021 at 9:38 am

    So much lace! It’s beautiful! I especially love those little bows that are ever so bat-like.

  10. Avatar Stef McKnight on March 15, 2021 at 9:57 am

    This is so beautiful! It looks very vintage and has so much character even though it looks delicate and fragile. I love all the details and the care taken to craft those gloves. It’s just perfection!

  11. Avatar Damaris Luhn on March 20, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Soooo beautiful and delicate. Your underwear pieces are all so stunning and that one is really worthy of a queen! Beautiful work!

  12. Avatar Kikkii von Fustian on March 21, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Absolutely beautiful, lush and delicate work <3 I love the strong red colored lacing in the back!

  13. Avatar Suzanne Egan on March 23, 2021 at 3:57 am

    Such an elegant well put together and well thought out idea! Gorgeous colour combinations too!

  14. Lucy Emke Lucy Emke on March 25, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Thank you for all your comments.

  15. Caroline Woollin Caroline Woollin on March 28, 2021 at 9:28 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  16. Avatar Lizzie Blake on April 1, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    This is stunning, and so delicate while making a statement

  17. Avatar Tony Serridge on April 3, 2021 at 2:22 am

    This is so beautiful, then I saw the red lacing. Wow it sets everything off even more.

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