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Elizabeth's Red Renaissance Wedding Gown
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Renaissance Wedding Dress Information
To see more photography by Elena Hernandez photographic artist please visit her web site. Personally I can't say enough about how beautiful I think her work is. Not to mention how hard it is to photograph horses. Naturally her human subjects, Elizabeth and Charles are so good looking Elena didn't have too difficult of a time!
This noble dress has been made in the Elizabethan Tudor style. Elizabeth's wedding gown took about 3 months to make. There was quite a bit of detail work to be done. We searched for fabrics and and came up with the ones you see. The next step was deciding on the pattern for the gown. We then decided on the trimming. Not surprisingly, there was quite a bit of trim used. We have lost track of the exact yardage but it was about forty yards. Needless to say, purchasing the pearls was a rather enjoyable experience.
The bodice is made from several layers of fabric. Though a corset was worn underneath, the bodice is boned so that the fabrics don't bunch up. The shoulder treatment is a strictly feminine style, that is seen throughout many period portraits, and is often enough seen in Tudor and Elizabethan gowns. While many shoulder styles are shared between men and women in Tudor clothing, this one is decidedly not.
The over skirt is cartridge pleated and is separate from the bodice and the under skirt. There are layers of trim, and pearls sewn down the front openings and the hem. The fore panel of the under skirt is made of pleated silk taffeta and is backed by canvas to keep it stiff. The rest of the panels are faked with plain fabric as is common in period dress.
The sleeves fabric is all silk taffeta and matches the forepanel of the underskirt. The design of the sleeves originated in Spain, and is another example of Spanish renaissance styles that spread through out Europe during the renaissance. While the exact style began in Spain the exact stylizations began with the influences of Burgundians with some Flemish details thrown in.
It is worth mentioning that Charles, the groom purchased his manly attire through Pendragon.
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