Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas Decoration 2015, Completed - 18th-Century Gown, DV Style


The Countessa Ephemera's evergreen gown for Christmas 2015 is completed.

Made with three different kinds of evergreen (cedar, blue spruce and yew), hydrangeas and branches. from my property. I also recycled a few decorative elements from past Christmases.


This shot was taken in the dining room, I had to move the table out of the way to get a clear shot. The wall sconces on each side and the valence drapes helps in creating an 18th century mood.


Here seen with the coordinating headdress. If the Countessa still had her head attached to her body, she would strike a very tall figure at 8 feet not counting the branches sticking out from above her flowery wig. On her feet, lovely heels such as these and in her hand a delicate fan.


The gown has been placed outside on my front veranda 
where it will stay fresh and green all winter.


Hope you enjoyed the making of the Countessa's new gown and headdress.
Wishing you all a most lovely holiday season. 

18 comments:

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

OH WOW Anyes!! How beautiful! Cars will be braking in front of your house to see who the headless lovely is on the veranda! She looked quite elegant in your dining room too. What fun!
Have a wonderful day!
Gina

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you so much Gina,
We live in a cul-de-sac so there's not much traffic, but we did notice a few cars slowing down LOL. Yes, my favourite shot is in the dining room flanked by the two sconces. Glad you enjoyed it. Will be dropping in soon, I'm sure you have done your magic again.
Anyes
xx

JC said...

That is STUNNING, Anyes! I especially love the gold flowers (Hydrangea I assume - though they look quite large).

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you so much JC,
Yes, Hydrangea blooms, in some areas, several have been combined to give the impression of a super large flower head.
Glad you enjoyed it.
Cheers,
Anyes
xx

Mark Ruffner said...

Hi, Anyes,

I always look forward to seeing the Countessa, and your fashion interpretation for the year. What an imaginative, delightful tradition! As JC has said, she looks stunning. For me, she has a very Charles Dickens quality.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Mark

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you so much Mark, so nice of you to drop in and visit with the Countessa.
She joins me in wishing you a very Merry Christmas.
Anyes
xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Anyes,

You inspired me to do my own tree gown, and I wanted to share the pics with you, but don't see anywhere to attach them.
I had originally seen the dress form trees on a friend's facebook page. I googled for more images and came across your cedar gown and it was the one I liked best. It led me to your blog and the other ones you did. Fabulous one this year!
Merry Christmas. :)

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello A,
So pleased my work was a trigger for your own creativity. I'm certain your tree gown must be gorgeous.
Thank you for dropping in and leaving a kind word.
Merry Christmas to you as well.
Anyes
xx

AJ said...

Your beautiful creations take my breath away. I saw your tree dress on Faerie Tree magazine. You are amazing. I needed to see something wonderful today. Thank you!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you so much AJ,
So pleased that my dress was a sight for sore eyes and a balm for your soul.
Wishing you much success.
Best wishes for the holiday season.
Anyes
xx

violeta ortega said...

Wow! love it! :)

lanza130 said...

How did you begin this tradition? It's so beautiful! Did they do this in the 1800's? Or is this inspired by you?

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you Violeta!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Lanza 130, welcome to the DV.
When I left the fashion industry to work from home as a freelance artist. My experience in designing clothes, my love of historical garments combined with my enthusiasm for gardening compelled me to create something more sculptural and decorative than practical and functional. I'm inspired by everything and anything that speaks to my heart, not my head. I'm inspired by artists from the past and the present and my career exposed me to some of the most beautiful store windows around the world. Window dressers are some of the most talented people out there. As for me, I believe in using what I have at hand and my garden provides a constant source of material. Thank you for the interest and your kind compliment.
Anyes
xx

Cherie said...

How utterly beautiful. My friend just sent me a link to your bloh... I am so glad that she did

The Dusty Victorian said...

Welcome to the DV Cherie,
Thank you so much, always a pleasure to exchange with kindred spirits.
Cheers,
Anyes
xx

Marilyn Cruz said...

OH MY~~~~~ This Rocks~~~~~~Awesome creation Thank You For Sharing!!!!!!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you so much Marilyn, glad you enjoy it.
Anyes
xx