Could I create an Art Gown, who is both romantic & castle worthy?
I turned to romance novelists Shehanne Moore & Carolee Croft, and castle photographer Inese.
This Art Gown is dedicated to them. They are as gorgeous as the Contessa Fiori.
My fave fabric shop had a going out of business sale. (boo hoo!) I bought black curtain sheer for $1.00/yd. & a men’s suit lining for $0.75/yd.
However, the challenge actually began when a friend gave me an East Indian vintage vest (with inset mirrors) and part of a collectible saree.
I took apart the vest, & over-dyed the fronts black.
The saree ran from a red floral print to a black w/floral print. Cut into squares, 10″x 10″ & 4″x 4″ they were backed in black curtain sheer, & bagged out. The squares were gathered from the centre out to all 4 corners, forming the flowers. Torn strips of the sheer were braided, and used to trim the sheer side panels.
The bow pieces, forming the bustle, came out flat. They were stuffed with used bubble wrap to fluff them out.
It was about then that Mini-Me told Contessa Fiori about the castles in Ireland.
Well, the Contessa began to dream about how perfect she would be for castle life.
Contessa Fiori told the other Art Gowns about castles, & showed them pics on Inese’s blog, where you will see more than castles. Visit Inese’s blog by clicking on pic below.
When I told the Art Gowns I was definitely not buying them a castle, they all got in quite the huff. The Contessa strew her flowers all about herself.
Contessa Fiori & Mini Me thank all for visiting Art Gowns.
🌹Special thank you’s to Carolee Croft, Shehanne Moore & Inese 🌹
To read the blurbs about these fab books, click on the covers, or banners Please note the 2 books from Carolee are 18+
💐 I’ve read Carolee’s books, “Ariella’s Escape” & “The Greyhounds of Sorrento Book 1”. I enjoyed both a lot, but the 2 books offered today, reflect the era of Contessa Fiori. 💐
Visit Carolee’s Blog
http://viewBook.at/EngagedtotheEarl – by Carolee Croft
♞ I’ve read “Splendor”, & really enjoyed it! I’m 1/2 way through “Loving Lady Lazul”. I adore being swept into a different era. ♞
https://t.co/Bmdr9TlIEa Amazon UK Kindle 99p
https://amzn.to/2NZ11dq Amazon UK Paperback 10.99
https://amzn.to/2P7x87l Amazon.com Kindle 1.29
https://amzn.to/2DSmznC Amazon.com Paperback 14.00
Visit Shehanne’s Blog
https://amzn.to/2QDwejp 2.98$ Amazon.com
https://amzn.to/2Oid8CK £2.27 –Amazon uk
Art Gown Contessa Fiori created by © Resa McConaghy – 2018
All photos of Contessa Fiori © Resa McConaghy
Art Gowns & all Art Gowns Stories © Resa McConaghy 2012 – 2018
After the photo shoot, Mini Me sulked in a corner. She claimed her outfit wasn’t perfect.