“This is my most valuable possession in the world. It is my past, my present, and my future. And all of it is yours.”
This gown differs from all the others in uniqueness. It appears twice in the movie; once when Esther offers her heart to Xerxes, the other when she prepares and approaches the King unsummoned.
As always, click on the picture for a larger version.
This dress is constructed of a pale pink fabric. As I am unfamiliar with many fabrics, I can’t tell you what kind it is, but I can tell you that it has a slight transparency as seen here:
It also has a very slight sheen to it.
The bodice is made up of fabric ‘petals’. I don’t think I’ve ever seen another like it.
|I lightened this picture up quite a bit so you could see the bodice better.|
From what I can gather, there are seven petals in the front. . . and I would guess the same number in the back. Her hair, lovely as it is, is too often in the way for me to be absolutely sure.
|Petals in the back as well.|
Each petal looks like it would have been made from two pieces of fabric, sewn together, then turned right side out. I see no signs of stiching along the edges.
The tips of each petal fold over the neckline. (Please see sketches, as I really am not sure how to describe this in words.) The tips of the petals are each anchored with a ‘jewel’.
The waistline of this dress is at ‘Empire’ height — or just below the bust.
The dress is sleeveless, but has a large bow on each shoulder. The bows are made of the same fabric of the dress and the tails fall down about knee length.
|You can see how long the bow’s ‘tails’ are in this picture.|
|They’re a little wilted, but you can clearly see the knot where the bow ties to the shoulder.
I’m not sure if it ties directly to the shoulder strap or if it is tied and sewn on.
The skirt appears to be quite full at the hemline, while being fitted at the bust and waist. The midriff area is covered in embellishment, so I can’t really tell how it was constructed.
I do notice a distinct fullness in the center back, as you can see here.
The embellishment on the midriff and the skirt appear to be scattered flowers and stars — made of some kind of metallic something and beads/gems.
I’m fairly certain that the skirt is comprised of several layers of fabric.
Side Note: Personally, I would deem this particular dress one that I would reserve for just myself to see, as it shows too much skin below the neckline for me to classify it as modest.
Hope you enjoyed this study. It feels like I should have had more to say about this costume, but it’s really not as complicated as some of the others. I’d love to hear any input from you guys! I am human, so chances are I missed some detail. 😀