My mom kept everything she’s found in the washing machine the past ten years and made it into an art piece. It’s basically an awesome portrait of what it’s like for two girls growing up in the late 90s/early 2000s.omg
Princess Arianne strode to the litter on snakeskin sandals laced up to her thighs. Her hair was a mane of jet-black ringlets that fell to the small of her back, and around her brow was a band of copper suns.She is till a little thing the captain thought. Where the Sand Snakes were tall, Arianne took after her mother, who stood but five foot two. Yet beneath her jeweled girdle and loose layers of flowing purple silk and yellow samite she had a woman’s body, lush and roundly curved.
Here’s the story of how this dress came to be.
Last spring I started reading A Feast for Crows,the fourth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. You know the Game of Thrones books. I was reading The Captain of the Guards chapter where I read the above passage about Princess Arianne Martell. In in my head all I saw was the beautiful woman in a beautiful dress. I said to myself I was going make that dress. The book doesn’t describe the dress in great detail. It gives colors and fabric that i was more then happy to work with.
In the book her dress is described as layers of purple silk and yellow samite. I knew i wasn’t going to use samite, I don’t think they even make samite fabric anymore, I could be wrong but I wasn’t going to use. when choosing my purple silk I looked at what the weather and climate would be like in Dorne and decided to go for a nice light weight silk chiffon. Two layers of purple and yellow.
I worked on a pattern similar to the one I used for my black velvet dress. I just reworked the bustline pretty much removing it. I also widened the side split and took it to my waistline, so pretty much most of my left side is out. This adjustment let the fabric move and flow behind me when I walk giving a peek at the inside layer.
I had purple layer on the outside and the yellow on the inside. French seamed and sewn together. I know the the dress was going to be two things too sheer and the my breast would be out. so to fix that I made a v neck romper of gold charmeuse to wear under the dress. It’s nothing fancy just something that keeps me covered and looks great with the dress. There are gold buttons on the straps but you can see them cause of my hair. I had bought some cooper sun charms to make a head chain. but the my suns and jump rings didn’t agree. I ended up using the suns on the dress. I still don’t know if I like them on there or not. I might need to add more suns.
For the rest of the look I just threw on a bunch of gold bangles, an old head chain with gold circles, a pair of big gold earrings and a costume necklace. I don’t have shoes yet but I’m at home and who needs shoes.
I am really happy with it. It’s a dress I designed just from reading a few sentences. I hope they put Arianne on the show in the coming season so I can see the costumes they have for her. But my own will do for now.
The imitation of Christ, 1889. Bound in crushed morocco, gilt-tooled doublures, satin endpapers, by Fazakerley, edges gilt and gauffered, with fore-edge painting of Jesus based on William Holman Hunt’s painting “The Light of the World,” 1854.
Houghton Library, Harvard University