Ever wonder how to capture mother nature in an Art Gown? After all, there are many aspects to her.
To name a few, she’s Dogmatic & Powerful
Cloudy & Moody
Sunshine & Sunsets
Seasons & Storms.
Then let me introduce you to Tim, to whom Belle Grâce is dedicated. Tim shares all that mystic with us, via photographs from his magic tree sanctuary.
Belle Grâce is constructed from yards & yards of liquidation curtain sheers. At $0.50/yd. the fabric was an Art Gown in waiting. Acetate lining scraps sent to the Art Gowns fabric bin, by a long time friend, were paired with the sheers.
First a full skirt liner was fashioned to fit over the Art Gowns Crinoline. The same Crinoline is used for all full skirted Art Gowns. Then a bodice was draped on the Judy.
Using tailor’s tacks, the drape was opened up, creating a pattern. Again using tailor’s tacks the shape was repeated on a stiff under lining. The goal was to create a corset look, without using boning.
The sheers were gathered and and attached to the over skirt. A diamond of beaded self satin was added to the bodice.
The result – Belle Grâce
Belle Grâce loves all lighting.
The diaphanous layers of sheer over satin solids make for a lot of opportunities.
The natural light this time of year is glorious, as it pours through the windows. A DOP once pointed out to me, you can’t replace the sun.
A gluttony of Outtakes
Here are some of Tim’s spectacular, Art Gowns inspiring photos.
All trees featured in the slideshow have been dedicated to someone. I am pleased to say that all of the AGMs & AG Art Director, Rebecca Budd, have a magic tree of their own.
Magic Hour Back Light
If you click on the Thank you, you’ll visit Holly.
Art Gown Belle Grâce designed and handmade by Resa McConaghy – 2021
All Photos of Belle Grâce © Resa McConaghy
All nature photos © Timothy Price – Off Center Not Even