The William Morris
& Dance Costume
16th and 17th Century
18th and 19th Century
This style was inspired by fashions of the late 19th Century: tight bodices moulded to the hips, draped skirts with fullness at the back and long trains with decorative trims. Unlike the extremely tight-laced bodices of the time, this version is constructed as a multi-panelled bodice with light boning. It provides a very flattering shape without the discomfort! It might be noted that a well fitted bodice combined with a horizontally draped skirt gives the illusion of an even smaller waist.|
The sample gown shown was constructed in a gold silk taffeta. This fabric is available in around 70 different shades. (It also works just as well in silk dupion - over 300 shades to choose from, or duchesse satin.) The draped skirt shown was a beautiful indian silk brocade in peacock blue and gold - many alternatives can be choosen or the entire gown can be made in the same fabric as the bodice.
Many stunning design details can be reproduced from original 19th century evening and wedding gowns and applied to 21st century designs. The hem of an original antique nineteenth century wedding gown is shown on the right above.
Please enquire for estimates/quotes for all possible design variations. As shown this gown would be £2200 to make plus the cost of your choice of fabrics and decoration from our vast range.|
"Lily" in gold and blue is held as a Studio Sample to view/try on.
|This design can be varied and individualised|
to each made-to-measure order.
"Lily" in green silk taffeta, accessorised with tartan
Karen chose a green/ black shot silk taffeta for her version of the "Lily" design above. The colour was chosen to co-ordinate with her husband-to-be's O'Connor clan tartan. This theme was continued with her hand-made victorian style boots. The boned bodice was enhanced with scattered bugle beads in "petrol" shades around the neckline. A matching cropped bolero/ shrug jacket was also designed. Although a midsummer wedding, it took place in a scottish castle and some protection against possible chills was needed.
Strapless Corset Gown with Adjustable Bustle
||Lara's stunning Celtic looks meant that she could have chosen virtually any design from any period. She decided on a strapless version of the "Lily" bodice combined with the original draped and bustle-backed skirt. The resulting effect was totally 21st century with the glamour of a late Victorian bustle gown. It was the client's inspiration to decorate the gold/black silk dupion corset bodice with semi-precious stones. These included rock quartz, amber, citrine and a few interspersed Swarovski crystals for extra sparkle.
Lara's wedding photographs by kind permission
of Andrew Hazard Photography.
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