This dress is a recreation of one of the dresses worn by Cate Blanchett in the movie Elizabeth. The dress is made from dupioni silk, with a paprika-colored taffeta underskirt (not shown) and organza oversleeves. The undersleeves are made from batiste. My client chose the fabrics and colors and requested that I make the bodice from silk instead of velvet, which the dress in the movie had. The bodice is fully boned in front and back, and partially boned on the sides. It laces up on the side-back seams for a unique look. The sheer partlet is detachable. The overskirt has a short train, and can be tied up into a bustle for dancing. The dupioni silk sash is hand stitched, and detachable. It snaps onto the back of the bodice, and then ties around the front of the dress with satin cords. When the sash is not worn, a small decorative silk flap fits into its place to cover the snaps.
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