|Posted on November 9, 2011 at 11:35 PM||comments (0)|
Here are the inspiration images for my Insanity.... Unfortunately, the color ones are not my pictures. I wasn't in the SCA yet when I saw the statue in person, and back then didn't realize I'd end up with the chance to MAKE this dress.
The statue is ca 1521 and is titled Isabel I . Queen of Castilla and Aragón by Felipe Vigarny.
And from the side:
The below images are scanned from my copy of Hispanic Costume 1480-1530 by Ruth Matilda Anderson, published by Hispanic Society of America in 1979.
Please right click, and magnify this image to see it in it's full glory.
And a detail of the sleeve. The text about this detail reads: "The edges of a queen's slashed, gold-patterned dress sleeve are tied over a full, white chemise sleeve with rose-colored ribbons (fig. 521), which are knotted without loops and hung at the ends with gold tassels."
I've already purchased 7 yards of a "Champagne Floral Brocade". Unfotunately, I can't afford the original silk that would have been used, so I'm using Polyester.
|Posted on November 9, 2011 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
Well, I've decided to start a "dress diary" for the dress I "lovingly" refer to as "My Insanity".
I lived in Granada, Spain for a semster in College, and fell in love with the history of the place. (so much so, that my SCA persona is from there). While at the Capilla Real (Royal Chapel) where Isabel and Fernando, The Catholic Monarchs, are buried (yes the ones that sent Columbus on that fateful trip), I noticed a statue there with a beautiful italianate dress. This of course being before I was in the SCA, I didn't take any pictures of it (lamenting that NOW of course, as I really want a picture of the back).
Fast-forward a few years, I kept getting poked by Mistress Luci (may she rest in peace), that I would look smashing in Italian. Well, my persona is very firmly set in time and place, but I then remembered this beautiful statue that I'd seen in Granada. And thought it'd be a really good challenge for me... Yes, I'm doing a Spanish Italianate dress... lol!
So, now I had to find pictures of the thing! I found a nice large black and white image in my "Spanish Costume" book by Matilda Anderson, and some color images on the web (photos to come in a seperate post).
I really want to get it done by Clother's, which is February 4th 2012. Wish me luck!