Did you ever feel like making an Art Gown about the Tango?
If so, you may be thinking passion, desire and poetry in motion.
Those words also perfectly describe the prose of Holly – House of Heart. Art Gown Velvet Tango is dedicated to her. Holly, I hope you just love this!
Gigi (Georgiann from Rethinking Life) wrote some Tango poetry. With Gigi’s permission to use these pieces with an Art Gown dedicated to Holly, I began an epic 5 month building of Velvet Tango.
Holly thought a Tango gown could be black, red and silver. So, I immediately began deconstructing a red, 25 year old synthetic velvet coat that I never wear.
In the rear of a fabric jobbers, I found an old rayon bengaline lining for $4.00/yard. It was a splurge, but I bought 4 yards.
Tango dresses can feature lots of asymmetry and legs for days. Unfortunately, Judy has a metal pole and 4 wheels. I didn’t cut into the fabric. Instead, I began at one side of the Judy, and draped the fabric right around. This created a massive tail off to one side, the feel of asymmetry, and the need for 20 release darts.
The unorthodox drape I had done left a huge gap in the centre back. Fortunately, an old friend found my blog, and sent me 14 pounds of old, musty and Art Gowns worthy fabrics. I found a toned down red that fit into the back space.
There was enough leftover to interline some red lace to fill a quarter front panel slit. Some of the lace was made into flowers. Using a silvery sage scarf from my stash, and an old silver grey dupioni silk dress, leaves were formed.
Easy as pie!? Here’s the classic front, back and side shots.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO: Frank from A Frank Angle
He was kind enough to submit this Tango video for the post!
Historically the Tango is a dance of slaves and poor, and was fueled by the emotions of young men who immigrated to Argentina to find a better life. Click on the pic below to read a page on the history.
Art Gowns © Resa McConaghy – since 2012
Tango prose © Georgiann Carlson.
211 thoughts on “Velvet Tango”
That gown had a tango señorita feel to it.
Thank you! I really enjoyed making Velvet Tango ….. especially as it was dedicated to Holly!
I’m excited for you to be fully recovered, and back at attacking the world with your writing. I can tell you are too, from the last post you made.
Loved the opening you left for us. The story has huge premise, and promise.
Now, GET WELL SOON!
I would pay money tyo see her try it on. lol
It really is gorgeous.
Thank you for reading my opening. It means so much Resa. I have it in screenplay format to. Will work hard on finding someone to take on this work after my recovery.
Thank you Beautiful. Thank you for everything.
Lol! I’d love to see Holly in it!
I feel like you will be getting a new lease on life. The wind will be behind your sail. You will have so very much!
Beautiful you, too!
Yeah, the old lease on this heart is pretty much over. lol
Bless you for this beautiful reply.
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