Artemis by Moonlight

Were you ever inspired to make an Art Gown by moonlight?

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Yes! Then you were enraptured by Artemis, Greek goddess of hunting and goddess of the moon.

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Artemis, the Art Gown, is dedicated to Aquileana from La Audacia de Aquiles, and Oloriel Moonshadow from Colour Me in Cyanide and Cherry. The three of us have joined our mystic forces to create a fabulous three part post tribute to this prodigious goddess.

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Oloriel has posted a most evocative poem with beautiful artwork, “Invoking the Huntress” It is a wonderful part 2 of our 3 part collaboration. Aquileana has posted a marvelous essay, “Artemis’ Dual Achetype”. In this article, Aquileana smartly brings all 3 posts together.

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Months ago, when brainstorming ideas, Aquileana suggested animal prints. Artemis is, after all, goddess of hunting. The veggie-head in me decided I would create an abstract animal print of my own. This way no animal print fabrics would be harmed.

In the end, some people thought the fabric looked more like tree bark. Oloriel said she though it was  the moon dripping it’s light on the gown.

artm51artm50As I’d used up all of  my fabric stash, I hit the bargain bin fabric shop on Queen Street.

I got a deal on a stretch, crushed and burnt out velvet. It had a brown stain from the cardboard roll running through it.artm3

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The paint was mixed with a fabric medium, and voila, after a month of painting, the goods were ready.

I chose a copper satin for the tails.

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I needed some type of rope to  adorn her. So, I made tubes from the satin, & braided them with tubes I made from the wrong side of a cheesy sparkly disco material.

It took 5 hours to make 2 yards of braid. In the end I made 10 yards.

The copper satin tail was made rounded, to mimic a copper moon. A moon shaped copper amulet was dressed around her neck.

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 From above, the moon watches over Artemis.

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Although she wanted to go hunting, Artemis was stuck in the Art Gown Room, in the city of Toronto. Also, she had only one virgin nymph with her.

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I jokingly told her she could go hunting in my house plants, whereupon she fluffed her tail at me. As you can see from the slideshow, she has a lot of tail attitude.

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Artemis waits, as the sun sets and the moon rises.

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The end of “Magic Hour”

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Once the moon had risen, Art Gown Artemis requested a ride in her chariot.

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I told her there was no chariot, because parking was too, expensive in downtown Toronto. She just stood there staring at me until the next day.

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Art Gown “Artemis by Moonlight” designed & made by Resa – November 2016 – February 2017

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Photos © Resa McConaghy  2017

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I keep thinking about how my Artemis collaboration partners, and myself make a magic triangle: Aquileana in Buenos Aires, Argentina.. Oloriel in Belgrade, Serbia ..Resa in Toronto, Canada.

amalia_aquileana01aquiAquileana is smart as a whip. I always have to read her posts 2 or 3 times.

This is because I want to completely absorb all she has taken much time to share with us. I have learned most about what I know of Greek Mythology from reading her blog.

Click on the girls’ faces, and go to their blogs’ Home Pages. Click on the sketch or book cover, and go to each of their Artemis posts.

07fb8ac9026557c4308de6d9d4ae2103cyanide-cherries-poetry-bookOloriel’s poetry runs the gamut from  sweetly intense to piquing, and her artwork is pleasing and intriguing.

She wrote a book, “Colour Me In Cyanide & Cherries. Go to her blog, and discover all she has to offer, and how you can buy a copy of her book!

Me, I’m busy pressing Artemis’ tail. The rest of the Art Gowns are lined up in the hallway, waiting to have their tails pressed. You haven’t lived until you get to press Art Gowns’ tales.

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Artemis pines for the forest.

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All writing © Resa McConaghy

☆☆ Happy New Year ☆☆

Did you ever feel like dreams can and do come true?

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Photo © Stephanie Tudin – Art Gown © Resa McConaghy

Well, that’s exactly how I felt when I met Stephanie Tudin.

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Photo © Stephanie Tudin - Art Gown © Resa McConaghy
Photo © Stephanie Tudin – Art Gown © Resa McConaghy

Stephanie is a young, talented & passionate photographer who said “I love your Art Gowns, and would love to collaborate on an Art Gowns/Photo Fantasy project. I had just begun Mystic Lake, so she became the first. Stephanie chose Lake Ontario for the location.

Photo © Stephanie Tudin - Art Gown © Resa McConaghy
Photo © Stephanie Tudin – Art Gown © Resa McConaghy

Mystic Lake was based on ducks, swans & pigeons. Once our model, Paige Marie Anderson, began floating along the lake shore, she became Stephanie’s SWAN. She became my SWAN.

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Photo © Stephanie Tudin – Art Gown © Resa McConaghy

The first post of any new Art Gown will be on Judy, as I have always done. As usual, there will be dedication(s) and/or creative tie-ins with other bloggers. After that, it will be dressed on a live model, and become part of Stephanie’s & my collaboration. The hope is for it to all end up as a gallery show.

Photo © Stephanie Tudin - Art Gown © Resa McConaghy
Photo © Stephanie Tudin – Art Gown © Resa McConaghy

A very special thank you to Paige Marie Anderson, who braved the cruel cold, while Stephanie and I were cozy in our parkas.

Please visit Stephanie’s Website

 Stephanie Tudin on FaceBook – Stephanie Tudin on LinkedIn Stephanie Tudin on Instagram

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Thank you, Stephanie! You are like dreams coming true. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

 

Mystic Lake

Did you ever design an Art Gown for the birds, in particular Ducks, Swans & Pigeons?

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Probably not, but if so, then you might know Ceramic Artist Belén Soto from Arcilla y Fuego.  Mystic Lake is dedicated to her.

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You see, I bought an adorable Black Drake from Belén . As he is lonely & looking for a wife, Belén & I started a Marriage Agency for Ducks. I’m hoping we will expand to Swans & Pigeons in the near future.

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Already Belén has designed 2 beautiful candidates, Lúa and Mar. Soon a wedding gown will be needed. I am hoping the duck bride to be & all future swan & pigeon brides will love this gown.

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Depending on the natural light, Mystic Lake magically changes from grey to blue. The best blue tones were captured at daybreak on a sunny day. Grey was exposed best on sunny afternoons.

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Well, Art Gowns don’t hatch from eggs, so let’s get “down” to the making of Mystic Lake.

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White satin was draped over a strapless long-line corset bra that opens in the back. As a real model will eventually wear her, I had to be practical.

swan-b10 swan-b7The next item I needed was feathers.

Yet, I am a vegetarian, so I decided to make feathers out of Swiss dotted net & cotton muslin.

The fabrics were hand sewn together, the cotton being larger than the net.

Then the cotton was sliced into sectionsswan-b5 & frayed by hand.swan-b6

Finally, a strip of feather perfection was added to the décolletage.

The skirt, with a velcro closure lined up under the corset’s opening, was added to the bodice.swan-b10

swan-b11The tail feathers were now needed.

I made a waistband. It closes in the back w/Velcro. I sewed bars across the center back of the band, so the tails could hook on.

First came a major white tail.

Then there was a grey voile tail, with fake feather bustle that hooked onto the white tail.

 

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Finally, a decorative black & grey tail piece topped off he tail feathers quite nicely.

Lastly, wings of grey voile were attached to her sides.

It took days to fray the feathers for the wings.

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When the back looks as above, the front looks as below.

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OUTTAKES

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Mystic Lake made a special beauty shot for the photographer who is coming in a week to view her. Looks like she could be the first Art Gown to be worn by a beautiful model.

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As we know, Art Gowns refuse to do housework. They especially hate the smell of the cleaning products. So, Mystic & the Art Gowns are all going shopping, while I clean the bathroom.

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Mystic Lake Designed by Resa MCconaghy – Summer – 2016

Photographed by Resa McConaghy – September – 2016

© All Rights Reserved ©

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Again, special thanks to my dear friend, Belén. I am very excited to see the next Duck Bride Candidate. Be sure to watch for it on her blog, Arcilla y Fuego

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Visit Belén‘s online shop Tienda de Ceramica.

⭐ MORE THANK YOU’S ⭐

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I also thank Marina Kanavaki – Art Towards A Happy Day for sending me a gift of art & music.

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“Atom Flowers” © Artist Marina Kanavaki – 2016

It was  inspiring to listen to MK-O while I created. Hear them on http://www.mk-o.com/

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“Black Drake” © Artist Belén Soto – 2015

Finally, a sweet thank you to Le Drake Noir. It was Belen’s post Pájaro Negro / Drake Noir that started this whole crazy happening.

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Goddess Mnemosyne

Have you ever felt the breath of Zeus down your back?

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No! Then you’ve never created a gown for the Goddess Mnemosyne.

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So, now you want to know about Mnemosyne. Well, you’re in luck because Aquileana has posted Mnemosyne: https://aquileana.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/%E2%96%BAgreek-mythology-mnemosyne-collaboration-with-resa-mcconaghy-and-christy-birmingham-%F0%9F%92%AB/

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Big Bonus: Christy Birmingham of Poetic Parfait  penned a poem about Mnemosyne for Aquileana’s article. Art Gown Mnemosyne is there, too!

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Intrigued by Greek Mythology since I began reading La Audacia de Aquiles, I thank Aquileana for all the heady gown ideas.

MoMne #1MoMne #2My first inspiration was the classic white draping associated with ancient Greece.

I found yards & yards of natural white curtain sheers in a sell off bin for $2.00/yd. At that price it must have been around since the 1970’s!

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I consulted with Aquileana & she said red or blue could work.

So, I styled a fine red silk jacquard under dress for Mnemosyne.

Art Gowns refuse to iron, so I spent many days at the ironing board preparing the white sheers: hand stitching & pressing.

On the right: Mnemosyne inspects & critiques my fussy & diligent work.

It was worth the effort. Mnemosyne is a true classic beauty.

Christy’s  poetry is super meaningful, & is making this Art Gown even more special. Thank you so much dear Christy!

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Here are some out takes.

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Mnemosyne allowed me to experiment with a slight re-drape.

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I wanted to show off all the gorgeous vintage golden brass pieces a friend gave me to help me express Mnemosyne. To me, these represent Zeus.

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Together with the red silk they are the Muses.

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Mnemosyne is the mother of the 9 Muses. Zeus is the father.

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Mnemosyne & all the Art Gowns welcome you into the Art Gowns’ home for a celebration! Dionysis is bringing the wine, so it’s got to be good.

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I will be preparing the meal, as Art Gowns don’t go into the kitchen, ever.

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Art Gown Mnemosyne designed by Resa McConaghy – January, 2016

Mnemosyne Photos taken by Resa McConaghy – January 19 – 30, 2016

All rights reserved © Resa McConaghy

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Above: Mnemosyne w/ Mini-me. Below, a Queen of Goddess.

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Wild Rose

Could you ever fall in love with a wild rose bush, as it languishes in sun?

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Then you’d want to take it home, but soon realize there’s not enough top soil in your apartment.

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My solution? Make an Art Gown, and dedicate it to someone who has the earthy requirements!

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Wendy Ellen Thomas is perfect! Visit her blog Chez Chloé & see what I mean.

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Wild Rose is a simple concept. Black is the earth.

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Pink is the wild roses.

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As a veggie, I will never wear a leather dress I inherited from work, but I can do it justice.

WRose #002WRose #001Originally, it was a mini with tank style bodice & nasty zippers up the front.

With much glee, I cut away and restyled.

I spent less than $30.00 on a delicate pink lace with rose pattern.

Wild Rose #10WRose #6I used the lace for the corset insert & the skirt.

To decorate the bodice I began cutting flowers from the lace.

That was about 3 dozen delicately flowing petals I cut out.

Once I’d decided to use a swath of black voile for the tail, I began cutting out 200 more roses.

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Each wild rose was hand sewn onto the voile.

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Wild Rose outakes

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Wild Rose settles into her new home’s “Art Gowns” Room.

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She bathes her tail in the warm sunshine.

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Wild Rose is a romantic …

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… and pines for a lover.

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Wild Rose says, “Let’s invite Wendy Ellen Thomas over for dinner!” She can really cook up a storm & Resa will do the dishes!”

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Wild Rose designed, made & written by Resa McConaghy – October, 2015

Photos © Resa McConaghy – taken November 4 – 2015

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Cecilia Lionheart

Was your heart ever broken enough to switch Art Gowns in mid creation?

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Then outrage has compelled you to do a Tribute to Cecil The Lion, #CecilTheLion.

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With  tail  thrown under her neck & crisscross armor to protect her, Marina Kanavaki,  must be who this Art Gown is dedicated to.

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 Take a look at Marina’s blog Art Towards A Happy Day and be convinced. She is vegan, & a champion for all animals both wild and domestic.

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Cecilia #8Being a last minute creation, I was in an absolute uproar about what to make the gown out of.

Then I realized I owned about 500 men’s ties, mostly dated. I figured why not?

I deconstructed about 80 ties. A step ladder was used as an organizer.

I opted for regal colors red, gold & purple. Solids, paisley & medallions became the chosen patterns.

Old purple curtain lining was fashioned into a skirt on Judy. Ties became points, trims, bows & braids.Cecilia #9

Contrary to regular established procedure, I made the tail first.

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 The bits on the back of the ties, that you pass the skinny part under, were fashioned into Cecilia’s dangling choker.

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MORE CECILIA BEAUTY SHOTS

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Of course the Art Gown I had originally started will be back next post, but I just had to break rhythm and design this tribute.

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Marina & I are sick about what happened to Cecil The Lion. So, we’ve signed petitions & are doing what we can. You’re welcome to join in, if you already haven’t!

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Cecila Lionheart designed by Resa McConaghy 2015

Photos taken by & © Resa McConaghy – Aug 1 & 2 -2015

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Autumn Orchid

Did you ever have to “make-over” an internet shawl contestant into an “Art Gown”?

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If you have, you know it’s not as painful as standing in the shadows of love,

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…but still, you spent a lot of time looking out the window wondering how!

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Between the challenges of life, the window of opportunity and the shadows of love, lies hope. I dedicate “Autumn Orchid” to Cindy Knoke, and I hope she just loves it!

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Cindy’s Blog is filled with color, nature, joy and adventure. It is a most positive place to visit, and as beautiful as any “Art Gown”

Cindy MOS #1This gown started, as a shawl.

 The shawl took over 40 hours.

Due to paint drying times, this was over a three week period.

I chose yardage of a 90″ wide piece of floral patterned curtain lace.

This ensured that there would be no seams in the shawl, that it would be 1 piece unto itself.

Cutting deep into the lace around the flowers, a unique bordeur was created.

Cindy MOS #2After mixing metallic copper acrylic paint with fabric medium, I painted the bordeur.

Both sides of the lace were painted.

When finished and dry, the paint was meticulously heat set with a hot iron.

Using finishing scissors, I cut off all micro bits of painted fray.

This made a very smooth edge.

The shawl was entered in a very fabulous talent contest.

It was so exciting!

The slideshow features some of my fave shots of the  finished shawl.

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Oh…. boohoo! My shawl didn’t win. I moodily wandered around the “Art Gown” room for awhile.

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Then, I thought of Cindy, & remembered the old saying “If  life gives you a lemon shawl, make “Art Gown” lemonade!”

MOG #4MOG #5I halved the remaining lace.

One piece went into a pail with copper acrylic paint and water.

The other half was hand painted with copper, cobalt turquoise & a blend of the two.

I cut around the lace pattern to form a bodice.

For the skirt, the shawl was folded diagonally, as you saw in the slideshow, then fastened around  Judy’s waist with the opening in the back. The pail soaked lace was inserted into the back opening.

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Voilà, more “Autumn Orchid”

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One last nostalgic look.

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P.S. I did find a fabulous turquoise orchid online. It is a rights reserved image, so I can’t show you.

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“Art Gown” Autumn Orchid designed by Resa McConaghy – November, 2014

All photos taken by Resa McConaghy – November, 2014

Art Gowns Love

 Thank you all who supported that I had an Award Nomination. I have taken forever (unless you follow GLaM ) to tell you I didn’t win.

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I had the time of my life. I have a new “Art Gown” on Judy. I have a surprise post in between this and the new “Art Gown post”

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In the meantime visit Art Gowns for Charity and and knock some socks off!

Pics © Norman Orenstein – 2015

Art Gowns – Red Carpet Review

I’M THRILLED to be a NOMINEE for BEST COSTUME DESIGN – CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS

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The show I’m up for is “The Best Laid Plans” & of course some of the “Art Gowns” want to go to the Gala. They each say they are “The Best Made Gown”.

So in a supportive spirit, my writer friend Christy Birmingham from  Poetic Parfait uses her talent to review a few of the gowns.

 

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Dip me in a mixture of blooms and light,

For a wedding beyond what I ever thought possible.

Douse me with water from a river of silky fabric

That tumbles across my curves with brilliance

I had not previously known.

Let me savor this garden today.

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anne-1She slithers with sexiness, power rising from

Far within the depths of the striking hemlines,

Reaching out with a bold beauty to fit snuggly at

The intersection of feminine and powerful.

She is a layer of heat upon hope, black upon white,

Billowing in a breathtaking world of her own.

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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

 

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Imelda2-aDosage is plenty, yet never too much,

With purple shades of glory that rest underneath

Bobbles more elegant than words will allow,

As though the train to perfection is held within

Lines across me, and it flows to the

Floor with an ease I have not felt in years.Imelda2- k

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shimmer me this, tell me what you think,

Whether my daring spirit is coating your

Mind with romance for miles?

Run your hopes down my side, like the soft

Fabric of my dreams, and settle within the

Bare skin that complements a blue vision

Put here to amaze us.

Layer within my company tonight.

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THANK YOU DEAR CHRISTY

Christy’s blog Poetic Parfait is filled with her poetry, short stories, book reviews and more, as she shares her creative mind with us all. When Women Inspire, Christy’s other “must see” blog, is a wonderful celebration of and for all women ……. and men!

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All gowns designed by Resa McConaghy

All photos © Resa McConaghy

All poetry © Christy Birmingham

Empress d’Amore

Are you like me, at a loss for words to describe an “Art Gown” that is its own Fairy Tale?

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Okay, at least we know it opens with: Once Upon A Time

Virginia, a retired chef & her romantic, fanciful blog Bel’ Occhio have inspired this Art Gown. You’ll find some of her recipes on this blog, but if you have the appetite for more delicious creations visit her at Mrs. Butterfingers

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ONCE UPON A TIME

There was a beautiful young girl named Virginia who lived in the Empire of  Amore. Unfortunately, she was very poor, a seamstress for the wealthy merchants of the Kingdom.

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The Emperor demanded his son, Prince Will, marry. He decreed a holiday with a Royal procession throughout the Empire. All “Virgins” of marrying age were to don their prettiest gowns & attend.

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Virgina’s mind was on her sewing when The “Town Crier” made the announcement. What she heard as his words floated up from the street and through her window  was “All Virginias were to don their pretty gowns for the procession.”

Alas, poor Virginia had no gown, but owned some yardage of thin taffeta, the color not in fashion.

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Virginia would sew a gown, but it would be very plain. She had no lace nor gems to decorate it with.

All she had was a modest piece of net, a length of ratty marabou & colorful scraps of  silks from her rich clients.

Using “Tailor Tacks” she overlaid the net best she could.

Virginia then decided to make the scraps into an luxurious abundance of braided trim.

She braided for many days and many nights then creatively attached the silk braids to the gown.

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When it was finished, her gown was far more beautiful than any of the bejeweled and otherwise overly embellished “Gowns of the Empire”.

On the day of the event, Virginia took her place along the procession route with hundreds of other girls in gowns.

“My, my” she said to herself, “I had no idea how many girls were named Virginia.”

As the parade moved past her, Prince Will was smitten with Virginia’s beauty and the uniqueness of her gown. He took her in his arms, and  asked her to be his future Empress d’Amore.

The Emperor announced to the cheering  crowd that Prince Will had chosen his Virgin bride.

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“Oh dear!” cried Virginia, “I’m not a virgin, but my name is Virginia.” The Emperor’s men tore her from the Prince’s arms. All he was left with was a hand full of colorful silk braids.

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Prince Will denounced his title, and set out on his white steed to find his beloved Virginia. He wore the colorful silk braids around his neck, as he wandered the Empire.

Empress 1Empress 3Furious, the Emperor had Virgina imprisoned in a velvet tower where she pined her days away

When Will learned of her lofty prison. He took the braids from his neck & made a rope.

A dove took the end of the silk rope, and flew up to Virginia’s window. Recognizing the braids, she threw open the sash and the dove flew in.

Using the rope, Virgina climbed down from the tower.

  With his Love in his arms, Will galloped away on his strong white steed, as the people cheered.

The Emperor died, unloved and lonely.

Due to the the people’s love, Will was made Emperor, and Virginia became Empress.

THE MORAL OF THIS TALE

Don’t mess with love! It has a Will of its own, and being a Virgin has nothing to do with it.

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THE END

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