When I started my historical research to make the first Victorian dress I was fascinated by the elegant luxury of details, ideas,possibilities that fashion of this period showed.
Not only the richness of the fabrics but also the tailoring geometry, embroidery, construction details were so interesting that could not be summed up in only one dress.
This is the reason why from time to time I have had ideas of other tailoring possibilities , other decorative patterns to express the refinement of the elements of this period.
Quite naturally then I wanted to give life to these chances once again in a new ensemble.
Renoir was the main inspiration for this dress more than any other painter of the Victorian era.
This wonderful painter loved the color light blue as shown in his paintings and like in the The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough, he knew how to express on canvas the joyful lightness, purity and vibrant life of this color for several portraits of young girls.
The new creation shows a lower skirt kilted all around: the discreet richness of classical vertical pleats skirt , typical of the victorian girls skirts ,with a symmetrical central detail complements the horizontality of the overlying draping in blush color, placed in a context of lightness given by the use of silk as material of the dress .
The front and back drapings are closely gathered to the bodice with the lower ends looped up . Valenciennes cotton lace , stained with tea , gives a symmetrical front decoration at the top of the dress : the victorian silhouette lives in the delineation of the princess-cut base.The long bodice fits smoothly to the hips with curved seaming . A blue silk bow at neck emphasizes the delicacy of the ensemble.
The Valenciennes cotton lace collar , always stained with tea , shaped as an opening flower gives the grace and elegance of a dancer moving in space
The sleeves, gently flared at the bottom, echo the same decoration of the central part of the dress with vertical pleats and horizontal ribbon with Valenciennes lace details on the edges of the cuff.
The dress is fully lined with silky white lining.
Two side bows of pure silk give movement to the composition of the skirt and draping effect.
On the back of the dress a bow emphasizes the wave line of the draping
The pure silk cape takes over the definition of the decorative elements giving lightness with a flower design in
cuts underlined by pure silk tassels (2 on the front , 3 on the back ) in a soft cream color and double-stitched cream rows that emphasize the subtle elegance in the wedgwood shades.
A hairpin made of the same silk of the dress in a very elaborate composition of multiple bows to emulate a blooming flower, is part of the hairstyle characteristic of the time. I freely took insipration from the b hairstyle in the next image
The crocheted purse of pure cotton rose-shaped, closed with ribbons of pure silk arranged in a game of double flamboyant bows , adds a touch of elegant refinement.
La Petite Princesse ensemble (dress, cape , hairpin and bag ) will be listed on Ebay on 31th January 2016.
I hope you will like it , thank you