In July last year, my love popped the question, and in October this year we’re tying the knot, which means wedding dress! I’ve never been the type of person who’s had her wedding all planned out for years (I’ve actually not given it much thought at all), but I’ve always known that if I ever did get married, the dress would be anything but white. I considered going all black, or perhaps blood red, but as we decided on a steampunk theme for the wedding and set the date for the 31st of October, Halloween, I knew it would have to be autumn colours. In the end, I went for green and brown.
With a steampunk theme, the style was an easy choice: Victorian Steampunk Extravaganza!
My research became an indulgence in Victorian fashion and more modern Steampunk variations on the style. Some pictures and dresses were more inspiring than others though, amongst them were the Green Acres dress by the marvelous American Duchess, who's also provided me with a lot of invaluable research material and tutorials (seriously, this woman is fantastic)!
Another was this Afternoon dress by House of Worth, ca 1875 Paris:
And this 1875-77 one from the Met Museum:
This dinner dress, 1877-83, sold by Lord & Taylor:
And numerous dresses from the late 19th century issues of Haarper's Bazar. In the end I finally made my own design with the elements that I liked, but I won't show it to you yet! ;)