Esther’s Wedding Gown
For starters, this gown has so much decoration and embellishment that it really isn’t funny. Trying to decide what was jewelry and what was dress was quite a headache. Can you imagine how hard it would be to wash that?
Though this isn’t one of my favorite gowns, it does have a lot of interesting elements.
Practically every inch of the fabric in this dress is embroidered and embellished with beads or sequins. . . I will not go into the fact that they didn’t have sequins in Biblical Persia . . . after all . . . it’s Hollywood and the costumes are breathtaking even if they aren’t accurate. But I digress.
The sleeves look to be a sheer chiffon with gold flecks. I have no idea what kind of fabric was used on the dress. I really need to learn more about fabrics and embellishment. There is quite a bit of embroidered trim in this dress. If you look at my sketches you can see where the trim is.
The sleeves also end is some sort of point that goes between her fingers. . . you can see that in the picture below.
The bodice features quite a lowcut, wide, scooped neckline. It is fitted under the bust and has a very fitted mid-driff. (I wish I could have seen it when it was being made. I love being able to picture the shape of the pattern pieces as they’re being cut out.)
The neckline is embellished with quite a lot of beadwork as well as beaded fringe. Though I can’t quite make out whether that is actually part of the dress or some piece of jewelry that attaches to it. If you look at the picture below, you can see that the beaded ‘jewelry’ actually ends at the point that it attaches to her little ‘cape’. Yes, I know I’m getting all that technical jargon down. . . just bear with me. 😀
In the back, the neckline dips to a very deep V. (You can see where the zipper is if you look thorugh her sheer ‘cape’.
The skirt is quite full. I love the way it moves! It’s fitted at the waist and looks like it has quite a few layers of fabric in it. You can tell when she holds it that there’s quite a lot there.
The veil is made of the same sheer chiffon that the sleeves are. It has a crimson embroidered trim along the edge as well as beaded trim with sequins. The veil is VERY long, as you can see in this picture:
There is some sort of a black beaded headband she wears with it to keep it on. . . I could be wrong, but it looks almost as if it is knit or crocheted with seed beads worked in.
One of my favorite things about this outfit is the cape that drapes from the back of her dress to her wrists. I honestly don’t know another term to use for it — if anyone has a better one, let me know.
Once again, sheer chiffon with gold glitteries. I know, back to technical again. 😉 This piece is attached at two points just behind Esther’s shoulders as well as at her wrists, with quite a lot of fabric drape in between.
I puzzled an puzzled as to what shape this could possibly have been cut out in. . . and though I haven’t had a chance to test it to prove if my theory is correct, I believe it is simply a nice large half circle. It may not be a perfect half circle, as it might be wider to better accent the drape between her shoulders and wrists. I could be wrong about that too.
(This picture just cracks me up . . . if you look at the full size image, you may be able to see why. . . I’ve never seen people look quite so bored at a wedding as the folks Esther is walking past.)
Esther wears quite a bit of jewelry with this ensemble. The neclace is hugely intricate with tons of beading and detail. Then there’s the crown. . . and my favorite, her hairpiece.
I confess that I don’t have the hairpiece quite figured out yet, as there are quite a few details to it and it has little golden chains that come around from behind and fasten to her earrings as well as a piece that looks like it goes from the earrings under her hair and over her head. . . did I lose you yet?
Anyway, I know I missed some details on this dress, so if any of you have any input, I would love to hear it and I would gladly amend this post to include the things you noticed.
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