Mx. Dorian Gray



Bug Goegebuer


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Other Credits

@circushrt on instagram is my photographer

Outline the story …

The idea was to encapsulate "The Picture of Dorian Gray" into one outfit, which was inspired by 1890s fashion when the book was written. The outfit is high class and refined, but on the skirt is an applique frame, decaying on the inside like the portrait of Dorian aging. I used largely dark colors to capture the dark and ominous vibe of the story. The corset was inspired by a handful of extant garments in the Symington collection but with my own personal touches, like the velvet, to give it the more whimsical, yet creepy feel I was going for.

Outline the construction…

This was my first time drafting a corset pattern, I referenced and adapted a couple different corsets in the Symington collection for silhouette. I used coutil for the body then all of the boning channels and binding were done using velvet ribbon, hand appliqued on. Th skirt was drafted with instruction from the Keystone Guide to Jacket and Dress cutting, and made with a cotton fabric and tarlatan lining. Most of the bulk of construction was done using a sewing machine but all of the detail work, top stitching, and applique was done by hand.




  1. Avatar Lorraine Lysen on March 11, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Putting that frame on the skirt with the decaying outfit, what a stroke of genius!

  2. Avatar Jocelyn Lofstrom on March 12, 2021 at 2:56 am

    You have created something magical that captures the Dorian Gray theme perfectly. The corset is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Well done.

  3. Avatar Stef McKnight on March 12, 2021 at 7:35 am

    Very clever and love the black and brown velvet corset combo

  4. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 12, 2021 at 9:40 am

    This is SO clever! I adore your portrait of Dorian Gray- Also that corset is GORGEOUS!

  5. Avatar Angela Teece on March 13, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    I’ve been admiting this on Instagram and just popped in to say: still love it, still obsessed with your corset and this whole look.

  6. Avatar Mandy Pursley on March 14, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    I love this whole look! The corset came out so beautifully, and you really evoked the emotions of the story with your outfit. Very well done!

  7. Avatar Carly Van Groeningen on March 19, 2021 at 10:50 am

    A fantastic interpretation of your inspiration, great work!

  8. Avatar Maeri Certo on March 22, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Nicely done! The corset is fantastic- I love the use of velvet and how you played with texture throughout the outfit!

  9. Avatar Stephanie Murison on March 25, 2021 at 2:58 am

    I love the dark look you created, perfect for Dorian Grey! Also well done on the corset, it came out beautifully, I absolutely love the velvet accents, they create such a flattering shape!

  10. Avatar Emily on March 29, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    This is so cool!

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