Russian Ballet

It's all paper!!!!

I was recently invited to submit a piece for the New Orleans Creative Alliance’s annual Bal Des Artistes. This event is comprised of a runway show of local designers and artists and a masked ball. The theme this year was “1920′s French Quarter Bohemian”. Now, I jumped on this train rather late. Just three weeks before the event and in the middle of the Christmas holidays. So on a budget and a short deadline I had to get creative. I wanted to pay homage to what I think were some of the greatest costumers of the time period: The Russian Ballet. I found that paper lent itself very well to the Deco look I was trying to achieve. The headdress is modeled after the traditional Russian Kokoshnik which was still a popular motif with the ballet in the 1920′s. I am quite pleased with how the whole thing turned out!

Jazzy looking fabulous and me stoked to get to finally drag out Grandma's fur.

Needless to say there was a lot of folding a ironing here.  Not to mention paper punching to get the lacy edges.  The bodice is wheat pasted to achieve the form of my model.  The headdress I made by making a buckram and wire base and wheat pasted the paper fans and doilies to it.  The paper doilies on the skirt, bodice, and headdress are from my secret stash (yes I have a doilie  stash) and some are from the very secret vintage 1950′s collection.  Never mind they put the skirt on sideways.  She looked just grand.  I know this is a bit of an unusual entry but I just had to share,

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