2017 Dickens Fair Royals Day


Photograph: Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland copyright Philip Pavliger

This year for Royals day I planned to deck out the Queen more than ever before. As director again this year, I put out Jessica as our full time Queen and she lived up to the role so well! I’m so proud of her portrayal and how she carries off the costuming perfectly. This year I put her in my hoop which is a bit larger in circumference as well as had her wear flat shoes. This brought her visually further into the realm of Victoria’s 4’11” height. With the new crown based on King George IV State Diadem by Juliette designs, a husband and wife team who specialize in reproducing historical jewels and regalia, she really shined for the day. For Royals day we added a red cape with ermine. The ermine is rabbit fur in which I hand cut and sewed black fur into “tails” and the red cape believe it or not is just my red velvet skirt folded in half as a quick already hemmed piece of fabric! This will be the only time we are sending out the Queen in more full regalia. It didn’t work overall for Dickens fair but it was quite a stunning look that pulled attention straight to the Queen. Jessica also featured her new ornate necklace custom designed by Dames a la mode.

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Queen of Black Diamonds I

The second look Threnody in Velvet did up for me was my Queen for my Martin Casino theme. Not many people have noticed but all the cards in that campaign have black diamonds instead of red on the cards… Sneaky sneaky…

queen of diamonds logo

Photographer: Iberian Black Arts
Model: Threnody in Velvet
Corset: Laurie Tavan
Panties & garters: Night of Laur by Laurie Tavan
Crown: Mirjam Lehtonen Costumes
Neck & wrist Ruffs: Ann Tavan

B&C Plaid Victorian- ballgown bodice

I still have to sew the skirt top to the waistband and add the bertha actually onto the ballgown bodice, and and… design the day bodice. But we do have the go ahead from Liz Martin, the costume director, to make a day bodice and word from the higher ups that they are interested in seeing what it does in the Dickens light before making a decision. I was making it to wear to a Gaskells ball but now it will get more use if Queen Victoria can wear it. If not, I still love it.

I decreased the volume in the bottom tier & raised the patterning a bit on the upper tier so the trim was a bit further down. I think it looks more spiffy this way :) Thanks for all the advice so far.