CATHERINE: As promised, below are more photos of Darq and the Erte-inspired “Great Gatsby” New Year’s Eve Party costume (also see blog entry of December 31). For those unfamiliar with Erte, he is considered the Father of Art Deco, an artist who designed costumes for theater and movies as well as fashion. Scroll down to my end note for more details of the outfit’s creation. Comments are welcomed–so let me know which view wows you.
AND NOW THE MIDNIGHT HOUR AND IT IS OFFICIALLY 2014–BRING ON THE CONFETTI AND “Auld Lang Syne” —
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL !
CATHERINE: One of the reasons I like Erte’s designs is the simplicity of the styles he created, and yet that simplicity is often deceptively intricate–for example, those are box pleats at the waistline on the front of the dress. A second reason I love Erte’s designs is the flow of the design, which translates to the soft flow of fabrics. The dress is a dove-grey, silk-polyester crepe with a wonderful drape factor.
I only had a paper doll book and an old Erte calendar for inspiration to create Darq’s “Great Gatsby” headdress, gown, shoes, and cape-stole. Even an online search netted the same illustrations. Of course, I’m pretty sure the cape-stole would have been made with real fur and something like brocade or a tapestry-like fabric for the insets, but my version is simpler: felt and glittery silver trims. All in all, the outfit turned out exceedingly well, don’t you think?
NOTE TO SEWERS: From the center back hem of the cape-stole to the tip of the front wraps is 1.5 yards. Excessively long, you think? Well, not really because those ends were meant to be wrapped around a body. There are 24 yards of rope trim outlining all those little silver-squares. All that silver-work, trim, and the lace appliques took me more than 45 hours of hand sewing.
NOTE TO AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS LIKE MYSELF: The photo shoots were done with a “mansion setting” but also a “stage” (with different fabric backdrops) that I improvised. Again, I am grateful to my friend Jamie for all the “props” she gave me to use for Darq’s pictures. I fussed a lot, trying different poses, and so I spent roughly seven hours taking more than 200 photos, but I only kept a 39.
*****STOP BACK VALENTINE’S DAY when Darq will wear a new outfit–possibly an Erte-inspired one, but one that’s a heck of a lot less complicated and time-consuming to make! LOL
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