The Beast and The Rose



Marika B


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Outline the story …

My design was inspired by the 1740's novel Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve.
I decided to create a transforming gown because of the transformation Beast goes through in the book.

I decided to stick with the 18th century setting for the Beast, and created a waistcoat, coat, and breeches. Looking at the early 1700s I noticed that some coats were stiffened to give the bottom of the coats a fullness, which worked out perfectly to help partly disguise the rose gown underneath.

For the Rose gown, I drew inspiration from the flower itself, but also the 1949 Dior gown "Junon" when coming up with the design.
The corset is the Ref W Corset from Atelier Sylphe and the rest of the gown I drafted myself.

Outline the construction…

Beast's outfit is made of just under 8 meters of faux silk taffeta that I flat lined with a thin cotton. The biggest challenge for me was enlarging the patterns to fit my body shape/size as the original pattern was a men's garment from "Costume Close Up"

For the Rose gown, enlarging the corset pattern was a bit mind boggling as the bust gores extended in the the waist which caused me several issues. but after many mock ups I was able to figure it out.
The corset is made up of coutil and silk satin.
The blouse a chiffon. And, the skirt a mixture of tulle, organza, and satin.
I created several different shapes and sizes for the petals on the skirt and hemmed each petal with fishing line to give the organza some shape.

I think over all the biggest challenge that I came across for this was my limited time. While I started planning the project out last year when the theme was announced, I didn't actually start on it until the end of December.
The second challenge was figuring out how I was going to fit the tulle skirt under the suit!




  1. Avatar Hilary Donaldson on March 11, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    I love those petals, the shape of the the bodice is beautifully curvy! Congratulations!!

  2. Avatar Tracy Pilcher on March 11, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    This whole outfit is beyond stunning, I see that it is the same outfit but it does not even look like it could be.. The two very different looks have been married together in perfection

  3. Avatar Caroline Eliades on March 12, 2021 at 12:06 am

    This is SO COOL!!! (And totally beautiful, too!) ♥️

  4. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 12, 2021 at 8:52 am

    GORGEOUS! That transformation is SO smooth! Gorgeous

  5. Avatar Kait on March 12, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    Whoa, cool transformation and the corset looks great!

  6. Avatar Barbara Lea Weaver-Mercado on March 12, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    I loved you videos on making this, and to see it again is joy. You are a great costumer.

  7. Avatar Anne on March 12, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Absolutely, stunningly fabulous!! And the “Beast” outfit….. *chef’s kiss*. Drop dead gorgeous, both of them!!!

  8. Avatar Margie H on March 14, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Your talents in engineering and creating this amazing transforming costume are envied! What a gorgeous showstopper of a reveal!!!

  9. Kayren McKnight Kayren McKnight on March 14, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    The transformation is amazing!

  10. Avatar Briana on March 15, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Your transformation is mind-blowing and just the dress itself is drop dead gorgeous! I love what you’ve done with the petals!

  11. Avatar Sarah on March 16, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Both of these looks are done so beautifully!

  12. Avatar Marion Brégier on March 16, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    So, so good ! I love transformation gowns, and the shape is marvelous <3

  13. Avatar Elizabeth Hatfield on March 16, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Absolutely phenomenal!

  14. Avatar Amanda on March 19, 2021 at 1:25 am

    I love love love the rose petal skirt!

  15. Avatar Carly Van Groeningen on March 19, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Beautiful work, I love the petals of the skirt!

  16. Avatar Laurie on March 20, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    This works very well! Nice concept and carry through. Beautiful work!

  17. Avatar Laura Ingalls Gunn on March 21, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    This is absolutely amazing! That you created so many breathtaking pieces in such a short amount of time makes my head spin with wonder and awe. Bravo!

  18. Avatar Stephanie Murison on March 25, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Beautiful transformation! SO clever, and so well executed! I adore the colours and the rose petal skirt, and such a gorgeous shape in the bodice, this is incredible!

  19. Avatar Laura Wemyss on March 26, 2021 at 11:51 am

    What fun! Very nicely done, on so many levels. I also really like your placement of the lace on the corset.

  20. Avatar Maeri Certo on March 26, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    I love this! I love the inspirations, the direction you went, everything about it. What a fresh take on this story! great job!

  21. Avatar Giorgio Ronchi on March 27, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    It’s a wonderful transformation gown. Absolutely beautiful.

  22. Avatar Danielle Probst on March 27, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Incredible the transformation and how you so successfully hid everything under the Beast.

  23. Avatar Anna Östman on March 27, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    I mean. How can there be any words. You made TWO of these. And they are conjoined twins.

  24. Avatar Isabella Ferretti on March 28, 2021 at 3:49 pm


  25. Avatar Katherine on March 29, 2021 at 12:56 am

    This is such a cool idea, it is beautiful! I love the lace detail on the corset!

  26. Avatar Jennifer Bowman on March 29, 2021 at 6:33 am

    You are the fairy godmother of gorgeous costumes and I’m just in awe! Magnifique! Tres Belle! This is such a fun idea and I love the transformation of the two. Beautiful!

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