The Idea and Inspiration:
A 1910, directorie line evening dress inspired by a luna moth. A similar idea is mentioned in Gene Stratton Porter’s A Girl of the Limberlost, where Edith wears a Yellow Imperialis (it’s another kind of moth) inspired gown, so there is historical precedent for my idea.
My gown will be based on a luna moth:
With inspiration taken from a red ca 1911 evening dress from the wardrobe of Queen Maude of Norway:
My design sketch, front and back:
Fabric and Materials:
Hand-dyed celadon green silk tissue, plum-rose coloured silk and rayon velvet, shot green and gold silk taffeta, with linings and bodice support of white cotton broadcloth, and white linen-cotton. Hand beading.
The Dress Diary:
Research and Resources:
Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion 1860-1940 (1910 evening dress)
Gene Stratton-Porter, A Girl of the Limberlost (read this online)
The Wardrobe of Queen Maude of Norway.