The Starfall Gown



Athena Rae DeCocq


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Other Credits

Model: @freyjatcosplays

Outline the story …

“And I thought, as I stood alone in my bedroom, that I might have looked like a fallen star.” Feyre, chapter 44-A Court Of Mist And Fury, Sarah J Maas

The Starfall Gown. A vintage inspired dress said to look like a fallen star. In the text Feyra is dressed for a holiday called Starfall, a celestial event that marks the passage of souls crossing the sky. The fae to whom she works has clothed her in a gown covered in jewels which she reminisces makes her look as if she fell from the sky.

As I created this gown I deviated from the designs that many others have created and instead thought of how stars look when they sparkle in the winter, dark and mysterious with a stunning beauty. Which led me to this 1930s inspired, Swarovski crystal embellished gown.

Covered in (our) constellations, this gown holds several small nods to their world from Rhysand’s birth constellation near Feyra’s heart to the mythical and magical celestial bodies that dot our night sky.

The gown in the book was handmade by Rhysand’s mother and I thought it a fitting nod to her to create this gown that while lovely would not take away from the event to which it was worn.

Outline the construction…

This gown was a major step outside of my comfort zone as I usually design for myself only and in the Tudor or Victorian styles. I felt that the slinky nature of 1930s bias cut gowns fit the feel of this dress description the more I read the passage. Constructed of shimmer organza in two weights, a glittered knit and 60 hours worth of hand embroidered and Swarovski crystal constellations this gown brought me out of my shell creatively. While I hope to capture the general feel of the gown described in the book I knew I wanted to step away from what most people design this gown as- a white and pale blue gown with full sheer sleeves- and transform it into something more modern than the medieval descriptions of the mortal world. The largest obstacle was that of my model who lives on the other side of the country from me. We were only able to get together over the last few days before the contest ended to finalize the fit, shape, and photos for the entry. I rarely have had to rely just on measurements in my time creating costumes. Usually I have access to my performers or models for weeks ahead of time. I had to rely on my instinct and trust that the work I had done in December with measurements was correct and comprehensive. A real difficulty for me, who relays on my own fitting and comfort of well known patterns.




  1. Avatar Tara Downie on March 11, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    This is gorgeous! I admire how dedicated you are to have sewn all those crystals on by hand! It looks like something straight out of the Night Court.

    • Avatar Athena on March 14, 2021 at 1:12 am

      Thank you so much! That’s what I was trying to do 💚

  2. Avatar Stef McKnight on March 12, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Beautiful detailing

  3. Avatar Patricia Brunkhart on March 12, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Stunning gown with all this detail. It is a project to be proud of.

  4. Avatar Barbara De Cocq on March 13, 2021 at 12:00 am

    I had the privilege of watching my granddaughter work o this dress. She puts a lot of love and herself into her designs.

  5. Avatar AnnMarie McCartjy on March 13, 2021 at 12:39 pm


  6. Avatar Amanda on March 19, 2021 at 1:21 am

    I love this book series, and this is a lovely interpretation of the starfall dress! The constellation embroidery is really pretty.

    • Avatar Athwna on March 24, 2021 at 11:42 pm

      Thank you! It is one of my favorite series as well!

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

    This is gorgeous, I love the constellations!

    • Avatar Athena on March 24, 2021 at 11:41 pm

      It was really hard to choose what to use. You don’t see them all in five photos but all the constellations on the dress are either zodiac constellations or ones to do with mystical creatures like hydras, unicorns and even a Phoenix

  8. Avatar Phanuel Jagna Levinsen on March 20, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Oh the embroidery on this is breathtaking down to the choice of crystal colours for the constellations. Beautiful gown!

    • Avatar Athena on March 24, 2021 at 11:39 pm

      Thank you! I wanted to choose colors that looked like how the stars “flicker” when the air is super cold in winter

  9. Avatar Stephanie Murison on March 24, 2021 at 3:21 am

    I love how elegant this dress is! You did well to choose the 1930’s design, it’s gorgeous! And all those crystals! It looks like a sparkling night sky, absolutely beautiful!

  10. Avatar Maeri Certo on March 26, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Beautiful job! I love your beading and your model’s hair style– and this pewter shade is wonderful on her! This is a much more fun star gown than the one in the Stardust book/movie– the character Yvaine probably wishes she had this like your character did!

    • Avatar Athena on March 29, 2021 at 2:58 am

      I wish this was designed for Stardust but it’s actually from the book A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. I haven’t read Stardust yet but it is on my list.

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