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All Entries: 2009 Most Beautiful Bustle Dress In the WORLD Contest by Contest on 05-15-2009


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Victorian Costume Contest Entries
Bustle Gown Contest Rules

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Entry 40 has willfully withdrawn from the competition.
USA Entry 61.) Dress: 1870's Purple Ball Gown
Category: Best Victorian Ball Gown
Category: Most Beautiful Bustle Dress in the World
Seamstress: MH

This is a late 1870's ball gown that started with 2 pieces of fabric. About 3.5 yards total of a beautiful, beaded panel and an amazing, silk velvet in a midnight purple. All the other fabrics and accessories had to be dyed to match this rich hue. Though this gown is several years old, it is still one of my favorites, and I still feel like the belle of the ball whenever I wear it... MH

Costume Contest
USA Entry 60.) Dress: The Lady Dragon Bustle Gown
Category: USA Best Victorian Gothic Bustle Dress
Category: Most Beautiful Bustle Dress in the World
Seamstress: Madame Kat

Today I am submitting a gown designed by Lady LaSalle and made by me, called 'The Lady Dragon.' I was inspired to make a gown for the Dracula's Ball (a gothic event in Philadelphia), and this is the result. This natural form era bustle gown is made of black taffeta, black dragon and phoenix brocade satin, and black lace. Underskirt has two rows of pleats topped by scalloped lace and short lace; the overskirt has a pointed front panel of brocade satin bordered by scalloped lace with side panels of black taffeta edged in scalloped lace and short lace; the back of the overskirt is "coffin" draped in the brocade; the evening bodice is made of black taffeta and the brocade with brocade pleats and scalloped lace around the neck and sleeves with the back tail in a simple split to showcase the coffin draping. So far I have worn this gown to the Dracula's Ball, a funeral, a walk in the park, and a wedding. It is quite versatile for my gothic lifestyle. Madame Kat

Victorian Costume
International Entry 59.) Dress: 1870's inspired Blue and Black Silk Day Gown
Category: International Best Victorian Bustle Day Dress
Category: International Most Beautiful Bustle Gown in the World
Seamstress: Sally Clark at: sallycdesigns.com or as Ebay's victoriandressmaker

Made in a cobalt blue 100% silk taffeta, this two piece, 1880's inspired day dress has hand beaded (by me) lace applique accents, layers of hand made pleating with black venice lace and braided trims. It is also available for sale via my web site... Sally Clark

Costume Contest
USA Entry 58.) Dress: 1876 Godey's Centennial Ball Gown.
Category: USA Best Victorian Ball Gown
Seamstress: YS

This dress was inspired by the July 1876 Godey's fashion plate. The dress was made for SASS 2008 Convention theme "Centennial Ball." In the Godey's Fashion Plates 1838-1880 this dress is described to be "Evening dress of pink silk. The underskirt is trimmed with plaitings on the front, plain train. Polonaise of India muslin; low neck, trimmed with garlands of roses and foliage and puffs and Valenciennes lace. Bertha of lace and flowers; pink ribbon sash"I made my dress with dark blue satin, dark blue brocade, dark blue sheer trimmed with beads and embroidered flowers, dark blue velvet ribbon trim, black lace, black buttons, and red and white roses with beading in between. Truly Victorian patterns were used to make this dress. The skirt is a TV216 1875 Parisian Trained Skirt, and the bodice is a TV416 1875 Ball gown Bodice modified to button up the sides under the arms. My goal was to meet the Centennial Ball theme by making a Red, White and Blue Dress... YS

Costume Contest
USA Entry 57.) Dress: 1870's Red Taffeta and Velvet bustle Outfit.
Category: USA Most Beautiful Day Dress
Seamstress: chightimber from Ebay's WebStore:"High Timber Dry Goods."

I made this dress when I had an opportunity to portray a Denver Colorado Madame, Jenny Rogers. I have portrayed her several times, and hope to do more. Again, this dress was made from recycled items. The skirt from several old drapes, the top from a beautiful piece of satin from the thrift store. LOTS of trims and lace, handmade roses and ribbons, and the hat to match... CS

Costume Contest
USA Entry 56.) Dress: Gothic Snake Charmer Bustle Gown
Category: USA Best Gothic Victorian Day Dress
Category: USA Best Gothic Victorian Dress
Seamstress: MorganaFaeDesigns from Ebay.

This dress was inspired by my love for all things India...textiles, food, music, colors...and came together organically. Made with black matte satin, a gorgeous poison green sari, and gold trims. This is my favorite creation to date!... MorganaFaeDesigns

Costume Contest
International Entry 55.) Dress: 1870's inspired Green and Black Silk Ball Gown
Category: International Best Victorian Ball Gown
Category: INTERNATIONAL Best Gothic Victorian Gown
Seamstress: Sally Clark at: sallycdesigns.com or as Ebay's victoriandressmaker

This 1870's inspired ball gown is an original design of mine that is made in emerald green and black silk with hand sewn black lace, beaded and sequined appliques and adornments. It is two pieces, the heavily decorated bodice and layered skirt, all fully lined and hand finished, etc. I will be adding it to my web site for sale soon. So you are the first to view it! Sally Clark

Costume Contest
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