As some of you may have heard, I have been creating one of a kind costumes. This set, inspired by historical and contemporary fashions, the Sun King of France, Louis the fourteenth, and a request from my photographer friend, Carol, is half way to completion.
Last July, the photo below was taken of the completed Louis' costume. The companion piece, for a female, is underway at this time. All of my costumes are completely custom fitted, and hand sewn. The materials include bought and found fabrics. I prefer to recycle fabrics from the thrift store for some portions. For example, the long coat fabric, which includes the light sage with embroidery and woven gold stripes is a reclaimed set of curtains.
The image at right is the consort's costume, in it's draped and pinned format. Prior to this stage the bodice structure was built using heavy canvas, mesh, and binding tape. The final costume will have a chemise which is worn under the bodice and two layers of skirt.