For my Costume Production Class 1 and 2 I had to construct a 1780’s corset, underpinnings, and dress. I picked Marie Antoinette’s Chemise a la Rein dress. The corset is made of silk taffeta, the bum roll is made of cotton and filler, and the petticoat is made of bleached cotton. The dress itself is made of a silk/cotton voile so that it would be light and sheer just as the dresses were made. I also took millinery at the time that I was making this and decided to make a straw bergere to go with it. It will be featured in another post. Model: me. Photographer: me.

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Pictured above, mock up and in process. Below, final incarnation of dress with all it’s pieces.

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Zarah Raizel Avalon is a young artist exploring a variety of artistic and performance mediums.

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