I knew I would be incredibly busy at the DFWCG's Mourning Tea, so I stopped by a beautifully restored Victorian chapel and cemetery near my home so I could take a few pictures of my new half-mourning dress before the party. I was running short on time and never made it down to the cemetery itself, but I did get some pretty shots outside of the chapel. Here are some of my favorites, and there are a more on flickr. I'm also having fun turning these into faux-autochromes and Longchamps-style photos, so I'll probably keep coming back and replacing these as I have time.
I'll start by reposting my original inspiration from a 1908 edition of La Mode Pratique, followed by two photo where I tried to copy the poses shown in the illustration. I didn't intend to copy every last detail of this dress, but I think I managed to capture the over-all feel of the fashion plate pretty well, which was my main goal for this project. Out of all the things that I create, nothing beats the satisfaction of recreating an outfit from a work of art. There's just something magical about seeing an artist's depiction of fashion once again turn into a living, breathing, moving thing.
Thanks for following along with my little mini-diary about this dress, and if you missed the earlier entries, you can go back to read about the corset, skirt/blouse, jacket, and hat.