OHMYGOSH. OHMYGOSH. OHMYGOSH!!! The Saturday night Gala was so fabulous! There were so many awesome dresses, shoes, accessories, tiaras! What a wonderful event to behold! It was truly fun to see what all the convention goers came up with! You can see the ones I caputured HERE. Such a great talent was housed in a hotel for a weekend!
Remember all the crazy royal orders and royal family orders I made earlier in the year? Huzzah! I was finally able to wear them!! Yeah! If you don't remember, you can read the posts HERE and HERE. In a few weeks, I will do a mini tutorial on how to make the royal order sash and bow. You can also see my Pinterest boards on all the royal orders, sashes and fun research Royal Family Orders, Royal Orders, and Royal Sashes.
Josie and I attended the Gala as Royalty. My original thought was to wear court presentation dresses (Yes, I have a Pinterest board for that too...Court Presentation Gowns). About 7 years ago I came across an image on Getty Images of a lady in what looked like a wedding dress while researching images for a masquerade ball that I was going to be attending for SASS in Las Vegas. My curiosity was piqued and I dug a little deeper into this bride with feathers on her head. Much to the delight of my royal loving heart, I discovered that she was in Court Presentation attire. More research told me what I wanted to know about Court Presentation. Fast forward to 2 years ago when I was pinning to my Mourning Fashion board. I came across a dress that I didn't remember from my first brush with CPGs. My breath literally left my lungs in a big woosh...followed very closely by my sucking all of the air out of the room in lustfull excitement! OHMYGIDDYAUNT!!! I HAD to make this dress. Hello!! It is a mourning dress (Oh how I love thee mourning) aaaaaand a CPG!!!!! It was quite literally a match made in costumer's heaven! Here she is in all of her gorgeous glory...Countess Victor di Carrobio. She is so beautiful!
Well, things didn't get completed and I, being who I am, didn't want to stick with the edicts of court presentation...PLUS, I had all those fabulous blingy jewelry bits to wear...soooooo, Josie went as Queen Josephine, and I went as Empress Gina! We didn't have the court length trains that attached at our shoulders, and our veils were much longer than court dresses. But we did wear our Prince of Wales feathers! I did a Queen Josie and Empress Gina album on Facebook. You can see Josie's gorgeous off white court gown. She did a fabulous job on it and it was fun to go as sisters in our black and white gowns! We will be adding a beaded wheat and bow design to the skirt and bodice here very shortly...
Yes, I am trying to affect a very regal, Edwardian look here...I'm not mad, I promise!
I decided we needed star brooches at the back of our veils!
Again, my wig was wonderfully styled by Greeneyed Nana.
My inspiration for this wig came from the Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone. Isn't she so very beautiful? Her face is so sweet.
Source: Grand Ladies
Affecting a stance and look like Empress Alexandra of Russia. I know she always looked sad, but in her sadness was a real beauty.
Here is Queen Josephine and Empress Gina in our Royal finery....Oh my did we have a blast at the gala!!! Bring on the beads!
Picture by Mary Agnes Tibbs
Have a wonderfully blessed day my friends!