& Dance Costume
16th and 17th Century
18th and 19th Century
On occasion some brides
prefer us to translate their own design ideas into three dimensions.
Gill Harris had a clear idea of the colour palette she wished to use for her wedding party: a pale aqua or eau de nil shade contrasted with subtle shades of pink and plum; together
with a design brief for a gown with an antique feel which might have been
"uncovered from an attic room" - subtly faded and slightly torn.
The basis for this became
an eighteenth century style boned corset in silk taffeta, together with a matching fishtail
shaped skirt, both draped in hand dyed silk tulle. Gill's bridesmaids and her groom made a stunning contrast to her ethereal gown.
" I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania some time of the night,
Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight."
(A Midsummer-Night's Dream)
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