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Cleopatra Queen of the Nile Dress

Added Oct 22, 2014

by papermothbal...

Brooklyn, New Yo...






This year I wanted a vintage mid-century based costume and the stunning makeup and wardrobe design for Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra immediately came to mind.

For this costume I knew I wanted to make my dress. I wanted something that would feel like the real Cleopatra, but still be recognizably inspired by the movie, yet wearable on any other day. This gold brocade fabric was perfect for the dress, giving me a little structure to work with for the wrapped mummy like drape of the mid-section, and I knew it would photograph well. It is actually two pieces, a bodice and skirt with sequined details on the back. I made the hemline short because on Ancient Egyptian walls it seems to be the length of choice and also to give it a little Mid-Century pinup feeling. This is the first dress that I have draped completely without using the patterned sloper I made a few years ago.

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Material Notes

Silk Brocade with hook and eye strip bodice closure




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Ethnic, Geek, Other, Vintage

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    Nov 5, 2014, 07.01 AMby sewing fanatic

    this is amazing, great work, lovely dress silhouette and form, photography amazing!

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    Oct 29, 2014, 06.43 AMby stinap

    Wow! This is really stunning! The fabric, the draping, the make-up, the photos… Amazing!

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    Oct 24, 2014, 06.11 PMby izbott

    This is beautiful.

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    Oct 23, 2014, 11.12 PMby chillwear

    Wow amazing!!!

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    Oct 23, 2014, 06.12 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Fabulous!! :-) Congrats on being featured!

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    Oct 23, 2014, 10.12 AMby Ivanamania

    fantastic costume!

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    Oct 23, 2014, 03.37 AMby floralgirl

    This is breathlessly stunning in creativity, ability, and presentation.

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    Oct 22, 2014, 09.51 PMby kisses

    Nicely done…like everything about it

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    Oct 22, 2014, 08.57 PMby rita61

    Awesome!!!! Great makeup

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    Oct 22, 2014, 04.32 PMby alei

    Yeah!!!!!! I knew immediately I saw the picture that it was you. This is great, well done. You are super fantastic.

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    Oct 22, 2014, 04.11 PMby cris orange

    amazing, everything! the dress, the styling, your make up and the pictures!

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    Oct 22, 2014, 03.11 PMby Bbtiny

    Wow, what a great dress! Stunning, also the pictures! Great job!

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