"You feel very romantic when you're in a ball gown.
Everyone should wear one once in a while."
Carolina Herrera, Designer
Although I didn't pursue my childhood dream of becoming a fashion designer, I still have a great appreciation for beautifully designed gowns and dresses.
The art dress below was inspired by the work of several, talented artists all of whom I've listed at the end of this post.
From straps to hem, the dress measures approximately 10".
The dress is a combination of paper, laces,
and assorted trims I had in my stash.
The bodice of the dress is a mini paper mache dress form purchased from Michael's $1.50 bin. I decoupaged bits of vintage book paper and layers of cheesecloth to give it added strength.
Crystal Stickles was added to give it a little sparkle.
The wide pink lace trim was purchased from The Jule Box a while ago. The white lace trim below is from a Goodwill score last year.
The backside. The underside of the dress is supported by three layers of vintage book paper, folded concertina style. I edged each layer with more vintage lace from my Goodwill finds.
I created the bustle using a pink rose made from vellum. I colored it with pink chalk and added Cotton Candy Pink Stickles for more sparkle. Next came a small piece of pale pink lace trim and a vintage crochet doily. The straps were created with just a small snip of some pearl trim.
For more inspiration:
Jeanette at Scrappin Happy XO (I used her tutorial for the construction of this dress.)
Sue at Messie Jessie (Absolutely gorgeous art dresses!)
Kellie at Kell Belle Studio (Currently, she is doing a series called The Corset Diaries)