It only took about 6 months, but here’s my reproduction Tree Gown in action!
IMAGE-HEAVY POST WARNING.
Photos were taken by my long sufferingly-devoted friend Stephan at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto – Thanks Steph! ;o)
Not the most inspiring backdrop for these two, but the lighting caught the details of the draping well.
Now that’s classy.
The MAC artist who did my make-up deliberately matched my lipstick to the colour of the dress! lol
There were a lot of silly photos along the way. I call this face “Mrph”. You know, like the sound villagers in Minecraft make, lol.
Sooo…… not only did I take on the insane challenge of reproducing a Charles James gown, but I did another one for my friend, Jill!
Her’s is very loosely based on this James gown:
I made her a little capelet with the leftover fabrics too.
Jill had some pretty great expressions during picture-taking. I hope she doesn’t mind me posting these, heehee. Hey Jill, lemme know if these are too undignified for you.
I love this pic of her so much.
You can get a sense of the “swoosh” of the Tree gown in these. I’d intended to get some video of its movement, but completely forgot.
I really wish this one was in focus, oh well, the movement still looks cool.
Jill captured wonderfully during a phone conversation, lol.
And then there was the random lime saga. See the lime beside Jill’s hand in the photo above? We noticed it shortly after taking this photo – see below.
Yeah, okay, enough with the lime.
We didn’t get many photos from the ball itself, it’s easy to forget once you get there.
But here’s a photo of my husband, Andrew, and myself taken for the Globe & Mail (I knew my big pink dress was going to clash with Andrew’s dress uniform. I didn’t care) – we got onto the society page! lol
Unfortunately, there are no pictures with my superhero cape :o( There was a little snafu and it didn’t make it to the hotel in time for the photos. I did have it for the evening, but like I said, it’s really easy to forget taking pictures once you’re there.
I guess this means I’ll need another occasion to wear this!