FOUNDATIONS REVEALED COMPETITION ENTRY
Victor Hugo’s Fairy
Outline the story …
Link to the full poem: https://www.poetes.com/hugo/fee_peri.htm
« 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.