Sunday, February 12, 2012

Let's play a game!!!

Alright friends! I invented this game and I want to play it! BUT I need your help! Go to either or or another museum's site w/ a clothing collection and find a dress with a very detailed description that preferably mentions material, line details, type of sleeve etc. As much info as possible. Then post the description along w/ garment name (evening gown etc.) and the date in a comment. I'll do a rendering of the article and see how close it is! I came up with this game a couple of months ago but haven't thought to ask you guys to help me play it yet! Does this sound fun? To me it does!

Also, I WON REGION VIII KCACTF BEST COSTUME DESIGN!!! So I'll be going to D.C. in April to compete and hopefully win! Do you think I'll ever stop rehearsing my PowerPoint presentation script during my commute? Probs not.


  1. Day Dress - "Brique"
    Paris, 1924 by Paul Poiret

    Materials and techniques: Fine flecked worsted, trimmed with rayon braid and tassles, machine-stitched and hand-finished.

    Description: Long sleeved, calf length dress in orange flecked with natural, plain weave worsetd. The body is cut in two pieces, one front and one back. The sleeves are of the Dolman style, set in low, almost to waist level. The dress is fairly straight cut and narrow, but the impression of a fuller skirt is created by two panels attached to the front sides just below hip level. They form two shallow pockets below which they are gathered and fall to the hem.

    The dress is trimmed with heavy wide braid with narrow horizontal stripes in black and white rayon. Three bands decorate the cuffs, two bands decorate the pocket tops and circle the back of the dress. The front is slit from the neck to the sternum, fastening at the top with ties of black watered silk grosgrain ribbon. Braid edges the circular neck and the left side of the slit opening. Three diagonal bands of the braid decorate the right top of the dress, terminating at the slit neck. Black and white tassels are attached to the bottom of the braid, edging the slit neckline and the pockets top.

    The dress is machine stitched and hand finished in rather a crude manner. The wide hem is finished with orange binding tape. Most of the inside raw edges are whipped. The dress fastens at the left side with hooks and loops.

  2. Fun!

    Physical description

    Full length evening dress in cream slipper silk satin. It has a close fitting bodice to the waist, with a high round neck with amber and dark grey coloured sequins and glass bead embroidery round the neck and down the centre of the bodice, and with smaller designs flanking the centre panel. It has a centre front zipper opening with a hook at the neck. Full skirt pleated into the bodice with a train at the rear looped up to form a triple fan shaped bustle, starting just below the back waistline. The sleeves are long and tight-fitting, with three darts at the elbow, and with a zipper fastening at the wrist. The skirt and back 'bustle' are lined with cream net. The bodice has circular bust pads and has shoulder pads. Worn with a full-length hoop petticoat in silk with wire hoops.

    Place of Origin

    Paris, France (made)


    1948 (made)


    Jacques Fath, born 1912 - died 1954 (designer)
    Rébé (embroiderer)

    Materials and Techniques

    Embroidered slipper silk satin with sequins and beads, lined with net, and wire