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Feb 02

‘Happiness’, a Cinderella Story

Well, it’s not an exact reproduction – but it’s definitely inspired by Happiness!

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Into the Woods – William Peace University – Rendering for ‘Cinderella’, watercolors.

This was constructed for the character of Cinderella in a local production of ‘Into the Woods’.  Rather than go traditional Renaissance-esque fairy tale, I decided to give the Royal Family  a vaguely Edwardian/Victorian look.  (I MIGHT have just finished a giant ‘Downton Abbey’ marathon when I made that design decision.  *innocent whistle*)  I’ve always LOVED the Lucile ‘Happiness’ dress, designed by Lady Duff-Gordon, and thought it would make a great “ball gown” for Cinderella.

Done in silver silk duiponi with applied gold lace, old-gold embroidered polyester, sheer gold net lace, and gold Venise lace trim.  Lavender silk duiponi for the cummerbund. The silver skirt and net bodice are removable, so the gold underdress can be used for a cute little 50′s-esque dress by itself.  If I can get my pinking sheers to work, I’d like to add a layer of self-fabric pleated trim around the silver skirt to give it a little more texture – but my pinking shears are just eating through the silk.  Don’t know if it’s because they’re crappy pinking shears (probably) or if they just don’t like the silk.

The net was surprisingly easy to work with, and I was super glad I had enough that I could make good use of the scalloped edge for the front of the bodice.

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