So, as part of the general theme-o-stripes, I planned to wear my black and white striped Georgian gown from Azrael's Accomplice
(the one in this userpic, in fact). I've had this gown for several years and worn it at several conventions, so I felt it would be a good idea to do something different with it if I was going to wear it again. I do have some plans to modify the trim, but (as with everything else this year) I didn't give myself time to do that, and I was initially feeling rather uninspired about what to do. Then, as I posted
a few weeks before NWC, I found myself drawing inspiration from a photo of a Galliano show: a sort of "Incroyable," punk-tinged notion of how to make something dramatically different and yet still in the period spirit with an outfit I'd had for quite awhile.
This costume was the last one to be conceptualized and put together, and it was due to sheer laziness. I had to scramble to get all the pieces I wanted, and some of my ideas failed and had to be changed. I was still sewing pieces of it together the night before the convention, and the wig wasn't even finished until Saturday afternoon at
the convention. The potential for failure was very high, but I think in a way that was part of the appeal--if you're gonna break rules, might as well break a lot
of them, eh? I literally had no idea how it was going to look, and to some extent no idea how it was even going to logistically work
, until I put it on. ( Read more...Collapse )
Since this is such a huge production of an outfit, with multiple detailed steps, I'm going to break the description into segments with their own cuts, so you can choose to read it in pieces if you wish.( The gownCollapse )( The wig, hat, and accessoriesCollapse )( The makeupCollapse )( The conclusionCollapse )
Whew! If you read all the way through that ordeal, you deserve a medal.
I do have a Sunday outfit, but I'm not sure if I'll detail that one--it's mostly just a toned-down version of the Vampires Ball outfit
. However, I think I will highlight a few costumes from other people that I enjoyed at NWC this year. And I would like to give my husband a sort of "guest post" about his showpiece costume, which required electronics and was every bit as successful in its way as was the one I just described. (For that, though, we'll need to take a couple of additional photos of the finished project, and find the time for him to write, or describe to me so I can write, the process of making it, so no promises about when it'll happen.)