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"That Waist!" - Photo Editing at the Turn of the Century

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"That Waist!" - Photo Editing at the Turn of the Century

Out of pure curiosity, I decided to employ some old fashioned retouching techniques to one of my Worth Gown photos. The results are fascinating.

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January Update--Worth, Bum Rolls, & Broadway

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January Update--Worth, Bum Rolls, & Broadway

Where has January gone? We've been busy at the Redthreaded studio, so it's time for a bit of an update. I am so pleased by the response to our stock corset updates and our sale on the old style versions. Those sale corsets are selling out faster than I'd anticipated, and the new 1860's is proving to be quite popular. So, besides sewing mountains of white corsets, what else have we been up to?The Worth Gown Is Done...AgainI have finally--truly!--finished the Ironwork Gown to my standards. Friend and collaborator Jennifer of Merritt Portrait Studio found this absolutely amazing shoot location...

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The Worth of Possibility

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The Worth of Possibility

The Met owns the Ironwork Gown, but it exists in the hearts and minds of nearly every costumer. It has been pinned on countless young costumers' inspiration boards. It is one of the iconic historical gowns which we have elevated to a level of idolatry and impossibility, considering them to be above our modern skillsets. I think most of us have looked at the Ironwork gown for decades and said "never." But what happens when we take another look at these seemingly impossible gowns and begin to ask "what if?" Cathy Hay asked the question with her Oak Leaf Gown. Watching her work through this...

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Replica Ironwork Worth Gown

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Replica Ironwork Worth Gown

I have been working away at this gown in semi-secret since the start of this year. There are of course a million things I would do differently next time, but I am absolutely thrilled with how it turned out. I have 127 hours into this dress from the moment I began handling fabric. I wore this at last night's Costume College Gala. I will do a proper write up about how I digitized the motif and executed the appliqué, but for now here are a couple of photos.   

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