Evening Dress & Cloak
This outfit is inspired by a dress that is currently in
the London Museum. The original dress was
made by Madame Hayward of 67-68 New Bond
Street, London. It was made for Lady Maude
|My outfit is based on the coldness of the month of February, which, being English is very icy and very cold!
So I have chosen to use an ice blue pure silk fabric with a beautiful icy sheen to it. I have used a deep royal blue
velvet for the cloak. The dress and cloak have both been heavily embroidered using silver metal thread, white
and royal blue silk threads, clear crystal seed beads, blue seed beads, applied Swarovski crystals, and tiny micro
sequins in icy rainbow shades.
|The velvet cloak is made up of shaped panels which
have been embroidered around all the edges and
have applied crystals along each seam. The corners
around the bottom of each panel have been
embroidered with roses and vines in silver thread,
micro sequins and seed beads.
(The over-sized hood would have originally been
large, to be able to cover a hair-do without spoiling it)
The hood has also been embroidered across the top.
The cloak is fully lined with the ice-blue silk used for
The entire outer edge of the cloak has a line of seed
crystal beads sewn along it.
It fastens (edge-to-edge) down the front with four tiny
hidden hooks and eyes.
|The Hidden hooks and eyes used to fasten the cloak, have been positioned in such a way as to be able to fasten at
the back when the front is thrown over the shoulders, giving another look to the outfit.
|The Cloak has slits in the front to allow for the hands.
These armholes have also been edged with tiny crystal seed beads.
|The dress, made of ice-blue silk fabric, has a delicate white Nottingham cotton overlay. This has been embroidered
over in various shades of blue silk for the flowers. It has the tiny micro sequins and seed crystal beads sewn in. The
lower edge has blue seed beads sewn along the length of it.
The dress itself is gathered into a dipped waist and has a train at the back.
|The waistband is dipped down at the front and up
towards the rib-cage at the back. The front has been
heavily embroidered and beaded to match the cloak
and the skirt.
|The sleeves are made from the very fine silk tulle
used for the lace over-skirt. They have a Nottingham
Lace trim which has been beaded along the bottom
edge giving the sleeves a lovely weight and drape.
Around the neck edge there is a tiny royal blue ricrac
trim which has also been beaded.
|The fitted bodice has a ruched silk tulle overlay which has
been beaded to hold the fullness in place.
The bodice fastens at the back with tiny press studs.
|The back of the dress has a long trailing silk sash
that has also been beaded and embroidered to
match the outfit.
|To finish off the outfit there are the royal blue and cream shoes trimmed with tiny silver button details.