||[Sep. 24th, 2008|09:38 pm]
Forever in Black Sales
'White Countess' bustle and shrug. During the Boxer rebellion, a member of the Russian aristocracy, Baroness Natalie Ivanoff, was trapped in the foreign legation compound in Peking. The Baroness had fallen on hard times, and was living with Major Matthew Lewis. Her nickname amongst the Chinese was 'The White Countess'. This blending of Russian, Victorian and Chinese silk is how she dresses in my imagination (although not how Ava Gardner dresses in the film '55 Days at Peking'!)
A better view of the 'Selene' bodice, as modelled by Katy. Selene is a fairy in Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta 'Iolanthe'.
A picture of the satin ruffled bustle skirt not modelled by Peggy, my vintage dressmaker's dummy, but by Katy :)
The 'Iolanthe' bodice (named after an operetta by Gilbert & Sullivan) and the 'Can Can' net skirt, modelled by Kathy.
Some of these items are already available on the website; I should be adding the 'White Countess' outfit later this week.