Family and friends of all ages have also participated in this entirely hand-sewn train. The 18-foot train is fashioned in Queen Worth's favorite shade of green cut silk velvet in a damask pattern with a regal gold and is bordered with gold brocade raffia. The champagne fox fur border is embellished with multi-loop duchess silk satin and rhinestone bows. The brocade is encrusted with large rhinestones and medallions of Swarovski crystals. At the base of the train is a shell which is the symbol of Saint James. The shell along with crosses interspersed throughout the train was chosen by Queen Worth to reflect her strong spirituality. The shell is created in a deep gold silk shantung and is adorned with a crest that combines the Wentworth and Morrissette family crests. The top of the shell has angel wings in memory of her godmother and grandmother, the two angels in her life that she has recently lost. Above the shell are her intertwined initials, designed by another cousin who used a 19th-century duogram for inspiration. The duogram is Queen Worth's official symbol and will be featured throughout the season. As the focal point of the center of the train, the letters are created in deep gold and ivory silk overlaid with Austrian crystal entredeaux accented throughout with floral clusters of brilliants and baguettes and large emerald cut stones.Via J-Walk.
22 February 2011
Mardi Gras dress
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Man, that thing is just unbelievably ugly/tacky.ReplyDelete
that didnt say faux fox fur. so that was around 35 foxes that died for this thing. not worth any foxesReplyDelete
Wow, all I can think of are the window curtains at Tara.ReplyDelete
Total waste of foxes.ReplyDelete
I agree. It is a repellent design and an utterly shameful use of beautiful and helpless animals.ReplyDelete
Don't listen to those clowns. It's beautiful and shows a labor of love. Just the thing for Mardi Gras!ReplyDelete
Incredibly tacky! And to think that all those foxes died to adorn the ghastly thing.ReplyDelete
I actually took several minutes to understand this dress is serious (well, 'real' is maybe a better word; it can hardly be 'serious'). I was pretty certain there was some joke I was missing somewhere, but apparently not...ReplyDelete
I must say that there's really effectively no diff between a cow's hide and a fox's, so we must be careful about throwing stones. I have the same visceral reaction to it, but can't really justify it intellectually. I wear leather shoes and a leather jacket. I think you have to either forgo animal products or not.
I just think it represents so much waste in a single costume. I'm assuming it won't be worn much, and that once she's done with it, it will sit in her closet. It just seems such a waste to use the materials on something so useless, really.ReplyDelete
I can see how some of you perceive this train as wasteful and excessive; however you must consider the history of Mardi Gras to appreciate the workmanship that went into this prominent piece of costume. These custom-made trains are made uniquely & personally for each queen and are constructed with luxurious materials to pay tribute to the history of Mardi Gras. After these trains have been retired, they are kept in a museum for future generations to enjoy.ReplyDelete
Why would anyone want to wear a gown with dead animals attached to it in this day and age? It looks more like a hunting trophy.ReplyDelete