The Longest Night

October 22, 2008 at 5:06 am (Uncategorized)

Here is a dress that is pretty much the opposite of the last one.  It is from Jacqueline Carey’s book Kushiel’s Dart.  It is on the longest night, which is a night where people dress up in costumes and generally get involved in all kinds of debauchery.  It is described as a loose fitting gown of white gauze with trailing sleeves spangled with tiny diamonds . A velvet slipcollar with diamond teardrop (something that will be present in the next few dresses) and leash are worn around Phedre’s neck.   Half mask of white and brown feathered osprey with black piping. White ribbons in curls.

The dress is, unlike the last dress, not modest in the slightest – being mostly transparent.  I didn’t cover the naughty bits out of embarassment, just a lack of practice drawing them.

So, here are the fabrics, which are fine even though they are flimsy.


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Baudoin’s Trial

October 22, 2008 at 4:53 am (Uncategorized)

This next dress is from Jacqueline Carey’s novel Kushiel’s Dart. There’s not a lot of description for it in the book, so I took a lot of liberties.  Phedre is described as being somberly attired in Delaunay’s colours (brown and gold – sheaf of corn on crest).  So… here is the dress.

The dress has to be worn to court, so even though it is a modest dress, it still has to be a fine one.  Hence the exposed sleeves, gold details and plush fabrics (below).

So that’s all for now!

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Baudoin’s Farewell

October 19, 2008 at 4:34 am (Uncategorized)

Phedre’s dress for Baudoin’s birthday actually comes before this one.  I have had it drawn for a while but recently coloured it.  I’ve decided that it doesn’t really seem like something that Phedre would wear, so I have to redraw.  So, in the meantime, I am skipping ahead to the next dress.

This dress is what Phedre is given to wear by Melisande for her birthday-gifted assignation with Baudoin, which also turns out to be a farewell gift.  It is from page 195 of Kushiel’s Dart.  It is described as a cloth of gold gown and a gold mesh caul with seed pearls.

The design for the dress itself was inspired by Drew Barrymore’s dress in “Ever After” (below)

So, without further adieu, here it is.

Now, here are the fabrics.

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First Assignation

October 8, 2008 at 4:48 am (Uncategorized)

Well, since it has been a whole of 10 minutes since my last post, even though I said that the posts would be once a week.  I think I was just so excited seeing the first one all up and purty that I couldn’t resist another.

So, here is design number two. It is from Jacqueline Carey’s book “Kushiel’s Dart” and can be found mostly on page 143. This one is described as a simple red velvet (deep an luscious) dress with a clinging/low-cut bodice, a line of jet buttons down the back.  The bodice sits low on the hips, hugs the hips, then drops in straight folds.  Hair in a silk caul.  It is for Phedre’s first Assignation

Here are the fabrics/accessories for the dress.

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First post/premier post

October 8, 2008 at 3:57 am (Uncategorized)

So, finally, my first post.  I have been tossing around the idea of starting a blog about my obsession for a while now, but was previously scannerly-disabled.  I got a scanner for an early-birthday present today from my boyfriend and am therefore ready to begin!

Said obsession is with the Kushiel books by Jacqueline Carey.  More specifically, with the intricate (some might say overly-so) description of clothing.  I enjoy costume design and have, for a couple of years now, been designing costumes as per the descriptions in the books for the movie being made in my head.

My designs aren’t historically acurate – as the books aren’t strict about this, I thought I could take the same liberties.  I take inspiration from all eras and mix them whenever I feel like it.  I did this for fun, so I didn’t heed any rules.  Though most do have an historical feel, many wouldn’t be out of place in formal settings in modern day.

I have done costumes for all female characters so far, and plan to someday work on male costumes.  I will go through all of Phèdre’s first, then move on from there.  My costume designs are based on the description in the book, my take on the character’s asthetic, and my view on what kind of outfit the occasion in the book requires. If anyone out there knows of any descriptions that I’ve missed, please let me know!

My plan for this blog is to post one design a week, though this is an idealized timeframe.  I have designed hundreds, but haven’t yet coloured and done detailed drawings of most of them.  I would like the drawings I post to be complete, so posting time may vary.  I’m a teacher, so don’t always have control over how much free time I have.  I have also created fabric/accessory mock-ups for each design that I will include in each post.

So, without further adieu, here is my first dress.

This first design comes from Jacqueline Carey’s novel “Kushiel’s Dart”.  The description in the book describes this dress as a simple gown of dark brown velvet with a caul of silk mesh and can mostly be found on page 102 of the paperback.  This dress is Phèdre’s for Alcuin’s presentation.

This dress has a necessarily simple design because it is a night for someone else to be the center of attention and for Phèdre to be in the background.  It has a necessarily high back (not shown) because Phèdre’s marque is yet incomplete at this point.

Below are the fabrics as I envisioned them for this dress.

So that’s it for this dress!  Though it isn’t the first costume in the book, it is the first for Phèdre as an adult.  More to come!

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