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BiancaEspositoHouse of Worth gowns from the turn of the century are so exquisite, most are irreplicable today. I decided that for this competition I wanted to make an Edwardian gown using my favorite elements from existing Worth gowns in museums. There are several extant House of Worth gowns made of white silk with black velvet designs and I decided to base my gown on these. Perhaps the most famous of these black and white gowns is the swirling iron patterned gown in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and that gown served as my main inspiration. 

Firstly, I had to make the foundation garments for the gown including a shift, corset, and petticoat. I used Truly Victorian's Edwardian Corset pattern to construct my very first Edwardian corset out of strong twill and peach cotton sateen.  I found constructing the corset rather stressful as I didn't have time to make a mistake!  In the end I love how the under garments came out for this costume. All in pastel colors, they capture my vision for Edwardian frothy lingerie!

The gown was then made in two parts, the skirt and the bodice.  I made the skirt first, which is basically a half circle skirt only cut in such a way that the majority of the fullness falls to the back.  The back was also cut much longer than the front for a lovely train. I hemmed the skirt with a bias facing and the waist has a placket with snaps for closure. The bodice is built over a foundation layer of structure serving as a lining and base onto which the outer layers are sewn. The outer bodice is made up of layers of fabrics, lace and trims. I learned as I went and was so happy I ended up with a bodice that looked like the sketch I'd made before I started!

This costume seemed an impossible task when I started, especially because I had never done any Edwardian costuming before. I am really happy with the finished gown and only wish I had somewhere to wear it!

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totc_42
Come to Costume College in Los Angeles in August!!! Your creation is stunning, and SO right for YOU; it simply can't languish in a dark closet ... you and the gown will be lavished with appreciation -so many kindred spirits there! Congratulations on your beautiful work!
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Michelle
OMG. I have been admiring that gown for ages! It's awesome that you didn't exactly re-produce it but did your own take on it. What did you do for the satin-velvet pattern; was it already printed that way, did you paint or flock it yourself, etc? Excellent job. :)
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Bobbie LeViness
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Amazingly done. I really enjoyed this look and you did an exceptional job! House of Worth in black and white was worth the effort!

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bmespo
Thank you so much everyone!

I found the fabric from an online seller on etsy and knew it was destined to be this gown! It is a polyester but luckily doesn't have that shiny plastic sheen, it is probably meant to be for curtains but I was relieved when it arrived and was perfect for the gown!

and I would love to go to costume college, perhaps someday :)

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