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Need some serious inspiration for the upcoming Spring holiday parties, Victorian themed holidays, Victorian style weddings, Birthdays. Mother's Day, Halloween, or other events? We at Bustledress take costuming seriously! Our sellers wanted to show you some of their favorite new Victorian and Edwardian style inspirations and Vintage costume trends for Spring and Summer, 2014. What is old, is new once again!
Victorian and Edwardian era Style inspiration Spring/ Summer 2014
10.) Titanic era style costumes.
2012 was the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy. With hit TV shows such as Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire, classic Edwardian clothing and 1920's costumes are hot numbers this year for Titanic theme Valentine's Day teas, museum events, opera, dances and formal dinners to honor and commemorate this tragic event. Seamstress Alethea Sayers creates her exquisite Edwardian styled designs often with authentic antique laces and novelties incorporated into her designs for any Titanic styled event, the yearly upcoming, 1913 "Somewhere in Time" weekend at Macinac Island, or, for "Downton Abbey" themed soirees and Edwardian-themed dinner parties. Titanic costumes
9.) Regency hats, Regency clothing and anything Jane Austin style clothing.
Jane Austin High teas are a romantic theme for Valentine's Day. Check out Hourglass Design's delicious Regency styled offerings: Regency Costumes
8.) Princess Carlotta Victorian style jewelry.
Here at Bustledress, we love great looks from the past... Lovely Princess Carlotta's Victorian Civil War look in delicately feminine jewels paired with ethereal clothing are still a delight to behold. Claudette Donat's Heritage Fashions offers some elegant Rhinestone jewelry that can just look vintage-y, or, look completely era correct- depending on design for many eras of costume. Claudette Donat's Heritage Fashions Jewelry looks stunning paired with historical costumes, vintage clothing or, contemporary clothing. Victorian jewelry
7.) Custom-made "Lobster" bustle.
Just hold the butter sauce, please. Goodness knows, every Victorian lady needs one or more structured bustle for your 1870's- 1880's gowns- or any outfit requiring an "aggressive" bustle! Rhonda Griffen's bustles are also togofor for burlesque and Victorian circus performer costumes as well. Imagine movies, "Moulin Rouge" with Nicole Kidman's "Satine," and Scarlet Johannsen's sexy magician's assistant seen in, "The Illusionist" or, the new "Sherlock Holmes." Rhonda Griffin is your "go-to" bustle designer for the bustle of your dreams. "Lobster" bustle.
6.) Victorian style Austrian rhinestone Tiara.
And who does not need one of these? ; ) Think of a Victorian Audrey Hepburn, a Victorian theme dinner or birthday party, or dressing on stage as the lovely Princess Carlotta, Queen Victorian, or the beautiful Queen Alexandria. You would look mighty Royal at a Victorian-themed party, sporting one of these quality sparkling tiaras! Victorian Tiara
5.) Titanic style CUSTOM hand-crocheted purse from Edwardian pattern.
The Edwardian period was known for intricate Macrame and crocheted purses. To be considered "en Vogue," Edwardian Ladies must have one of these when wearing light, ethereal colors to complete their ensemble. From teas, luncheons, outdoor walking outfits, visiting suits, seaside outfits, Edwardian weddings and more. Sue from Madame's Mercantile can make this darling one-of-a-kind purse, and can even dye the purse to carefully match your outfit. Now how's that for being spoiled? Titanic style crocheted purse
4.) Artisan made Vintage Silverware purse/ Reticule holder.
This is one of the most lovely and ingenious inventions to keep your hands free while you are busy at a costume event. Carrying a hand purse, camera, keys, powder, lipcolor, fan or a parasol, a whole day (or evening dance, as the case may be) can really become a chore, so instead of possibly misplacing leaving a held behind on a table, chair or floor, make sure to purchase one of these hand-crafted beauties made from antique plated silverware, so you may be less likely to misplace such items. Just a note speaking from experience: These purse holders are tricky to make well yourself. (torch marks, scraping away the silverplate finish, bending hooks unevenly, making hooks the wrong size, and just ruining the precious hard to find silverware, etc.) Not to mention time and effort spent, burnt fingers, misshapen handles, so, I suggest purchasing a few of these nicely made antique silverware Purse holders at this more than reasonable price! Custom Silverware purse holder.
3.) Artisan made Pink Art Nouveau style necklace.
Swirling flowers and faceted faux rhinestones are hallmarks of the Art Nouveau period. This Art Nouveau type necklace would look amazing on a flowing, low-necked c.1900 evening or dinner gown with flowers in the hair for Valentine's Day. A must have. Art Nouveau style necklace
2.) Vintage style Artisan made Austrian Rhinestone jewelry.
Vintage inspired jewelry is amazing for costume or contemporary wear, young or old alike- you just have to enjoy the vintage look. Check out these latest vintage inspired offerings. Vintage style Rhinestone jewelry
1.) Have a custom made silk Victorian wedding gown made by Christine Hall. Art Photography by Darla Teagarden. Have a gorgeous Victorian style wedding gown made and molded to fit your measurements. Having a special gown that is not mass produced, and does not look like every other gown seen in shops and magazines is essential to help create the ideal Victorian styled wedding.
See Christine's eyelet and silk ribbon wedding gown size large, on a limited time sale, so reserve your Victorian style wedding gown today. Christine Hall's Victorian wedding gown Stunningly beautiful.
Truly Victorian Bustle Pattern Video
Are you more of a DIY person? Prefer to make your own Victorian costume? Well, check out this FREE new video and here's some great Truly Victorian patterns to help you get you started. With Truly Victorian patterns now for sale here on Bustledress.com, you can be well on your way making your first Victorian Costume a reality. Truly Victorian patterns are sizeable- up to 3X, and the instructions are easy to understand...even for sewing beginners. Truly Victorian Bustle Pattern Video
Now that you've either purchased a Victorian costume, made your own Victorian costume (or, begged, borrowed or rented one) and you're all spiffied up, and sitting at a jewel of a photo opportunity... you will want to have some fabulous photos of yourself and your friends taken to memorialize this momentous once in a lifetime occasion. How do you do go about taking great photos wearing Victorian Costume? I thank Lady Lyn-Marie and John Cunliffe for generously granting permission for our use of their haunting, inspirational photos for this very special article on a Victorian style photo shoot.
How to take Victorian photos in your Victorian Costume. Abigails Ateliers interview by Lisa Schnapp.
Happy Day everyone!Lisa, and everyone here at Bustledress.com.
Bustledress.com's 2nd annual Most Beautiful Bustle Dress in the World Contest UPDATE!
See the Grand Prize winner of our 2nd, Annual 2010 WORLD's Most Beautiful Bustle Dress Costume Contest! View all of the lovely Victorian Costumes that won from around the world... 2010 Costume Contest
Question:Which lovely famous Country Music SUPERSTAR just wrapped up a fabulous new music video project, wearing an exquisite Bustledress.com Gothic mourning gown, especially made for the project by Romance novel seamstress extraordinaire, Alethea Sayers?
Answer:Click here to find out the answer... read more
WHO is the Country Western SUPERSTAR wearing Alethea Sayers Bustle Dress Costume by Alethea Sayers
by Flora Ellen Jenkins, 1887. Donated by Ellene Sumner
The Northern California Victorian Society at Bustledress.com is proud to team up to co-present with The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, to announce of an important Exhibition on 19th century Victorian Crazy Quilts, named Still Crazy,exhibiting November 17, 2009- February 7, 2010... Read More... Museum Exhibitions
Our Vintage to Victorian inspired items are great for Vintage themed events, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Birthday gifts, Graduations, Showers, Victorian style weddings, Christmas gifts and more!
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