The William Morris
& Dance Costume
16th and 17th Century
18th and 19th Century
|18th Century Style
A gown to bridge the centuries! The bodice fabric is a Tudor design (hand painted). The design, at the request of the client, was eighteenth century in shape, with a slightly raised neckline; the autumnal colouring and overall effect is classic Arts and Crafts in the style of Kelmscott Press illuminations. The bride was also inspired by the "Pandora" gown (see Pre-Raphaelite and Medieval categories), but did not wish to have the long chiffon hanging sleeves.|
We used the original costume plate as a design source, while retaining the flavour of the film costume.
The boned corset bodice was in a rich brocade with a toning silk dupion skirt, worn over a large petticoat. The neckline of the bodice was edged in dyed pearls, with matching drop pearls on the fluted cuff edges.
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