Victor Hugo’s Fairy



Lutine Piqueplume (Laëtitia Merrier)


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Other Credits

Photograph: Diane Lély

Outline the story …

Link to the full poem:

« Si tu me suis, ombre ingénue,
Je puis t'apprendre où va la nue,
Te montrer d'où viennent les eaux;
Viens, sois ma compagne nouvelle,
Si tu veux que je te révèle
Ce que dit la voix des oiseaux. »

La Fée et la Péri
Poem by Victor Hugo, July 1824.

This project should have been my bridal gown. The wedding was scheduled for August 2020, postponed to May 2021 due to the pandemic, and possibly to be postponed again. As our wedding theme is "The Little People of woodsy fairy land", I could not NOT participate. As time passed and the contest finally took place before my Big Day, my fairy-tale wedding dress got a spin-off for the 2021 Foundations Revealed Contest.

This is how Victor Hugo’s Fairy was born.

This Fairy is a Guide to all souls, magicals or mortals. With her shimmering colours, she attracts; with her lanterns, she guides and leads her court where she desires. Both luminous and starry night., it is said that each star under her milky collar is a soul that she has managed to trap.

Outline the construction…

It seems to me, now that my work is finished, that finding a fairy in the forest next to my house would have been more effortless than sewing it....

The hoop petticoat was bought commercially in order to save time and then improved: six larger steel bones replaced the original ones and I added 6 stiff tulle ruffles for more fluff.

The skirt is composed of 50x50 cm soft tulle squares and it took 70 meters in 300 cm width to cover it.

The corset was a real challenge. A pattern created according to my morphology and the arch of my back (4 toiles were necessary) and difficulties with the unexpectedly slightly stretchy double sided duchess satin which therefore slightly creased in some places. I used two layers of coutil.

The challenge was especially to make the collar extending from the corset's bones. The collar's bones were too flexible to keep the fabric taut... a problem which was solved on Sunday, January 31th at 11PM by a single bone joining the two fronts. The plastic rod "bone" was originally holding together a bookcase - on point for a literary theme !

In total, I hand glued nearly 400 Swarovski Elements hotfix crystals.. Butterflies and lanterns were drawn and printed on rhodoid, cut by hand, finally glued to pins. 1200 butterflies will be placed on the of my complete wedding dress.




  1. Avatar KayB on March 11, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    How gorgeous is that! Well done!

  2. Avatar Heather McGreal on March 11, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Sorry to hear your wedding could not take place as planned. Hoping it’s not to much more of a wait. This dress however is amazing. The attention to small details mean I keep finding a new favourite bit each time I look at it. Congrats.

    • Avatar Laëtitia on March 18, 2021 at 8:21 pm

      Finally we reported it to next year. Great thanks for your comment, I’m very glad that you took care about all the details, as it is the most important thing for me. <3

  3. Avatar Rebecca on March 12, 2021 at 4:56 am

    oh my goodness! so much work! and it is darling! the skirt looks so soft, and the palette is such a surprise! i love the little butterflies and the lamp details. good luck from icarus!

    • Avatar Laëtitia on March 18, 2021 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you, as an anecdot, I’ll say that my daughter love it too to hide and fluff. Good luck to you too.
      I saw yours and it look amazing, I especially love your wings and how it fit wonderfully. 😀

  4. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 12, 2021 at 9:17 am

    Oh my goodness- that Backshot and your video just had me blown away! Marvellous!

    • Avatar Laëtitia on March 18, 2021 at 8:28 pm

      Thank you! I’ll tell this to the photograph who was very proud to use her new studio. 😀

  5. Avatar Laura Wemyss on March 12, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    So incredibly opulent! The hits of neon next to the rich depths of the indigo night tones is a wonderful interplay of colour. The outfit has such a wonderful sense of stature. I’m very much impressed.

    • Avatar Laëtitia on March 18, 2021 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks a lot, I admit that I love when many colors shine. I may confess that collar do not help going throught doors. 🙂

  6. Avatar Desire Raven on March 13, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    I just love this, absolutely stunning

    • Avatar Laëtitia on March 18, 2021 at 8:33 pm

      Great thanks ! 😀

  7. Avatar Elise on March 13, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    Oh my goodness! This is so creative and wonderful and the construction, despite the challenges you describe, looks amazing to me!! I’m not sure how this differs or will be modified for your wedding dress, but I LOVE the idea of this as a wedding dress. Well done!

    Side note: I too have had my 2020 wedding postponed to this spring, so I feel your pain. I hope you are able to safely hold yours and not have to reschedule a second time!

    • Avatar Laëtitia on March 18, 2021 at 8:39 pm

      Thank you! I’ll keep the skirt and do another corset, to make a surprise to my next-to-be-husband 😀
      (but the real fact is that we all need more corsets, more!!! 😉 )

      ps: Finally, the wedding will happend in 2022.

  8. Avatar Deborah Melo on March 14, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    This collar is unbelievable! So creative and fun! I love all the details on it! Everything looks so well done. I’m sure your wedding photos will be amazing.

    • Avatar Laëtitia on March 18, 2021 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks! I really took pleasure and fun to do it 🙂

  9. Avatar REGINA AYALA on March 15, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    I love everything about this!

  10. Avatar Marion Brégier on March 16, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    It is truly, incredibly amazing ! I’m so proud of you, you have grown so so much since we’ve met, and your work has really grown to the next level and then some <3

    • Avatar Laëtitia on March 18, 2021 at 8:44 pm

      Bon à toi, je sais que je peux répondre en français <3
      Merci encore ma belle pour tes encouragements et ton soutien permanent! J'adore t'avoir comme collègue de travail et amie et j'espère que l'on se fera encore plein d'ateliers – thés ensemble <3
      Plein de bises ma belle, moi aussi je suis très fière de toi 😉

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

    Wow!! That collar is so friggen cool!

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

    This is fantastic! I love every part, but especially those lanterns!

  13. Avatar Phanuel Jagna Levinsen on March 20, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    This dress is enchanting! The way the bodice goes into the collar has turned out so well too! Amazing!

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

    Such a dazzling delight to the eyes!

  15. Avatar Maeri Certo on March 26, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    I love this! Very creative and what a cool wedding dress you’ve made. Best wishes for your wedding!

  16. Avatar Kikkii von Fustian on March 27, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    This is ABSOLUTELY delightful!! The collar and the little lanterns in the back, I just.. T_T It’s so dang cute!!

  17. Avatar Stephanie Murison on March 28, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Magnifique! Cette robe est un vrai chef d’œuvre, j’adore les lanternes autour du col, elles sont vraiment magiques! Bravo!

  18. Avatar Becky C on March 29, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    The detail! The colors! THE TULLE!!! Oh this is beautiful. I’m sorry your wedding hasn’t gone to plan but I’m glad you entered this. Magnificent job.

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