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The High Priestess

Added Jul 7, 2017

by JPGagnon

Grand Rapids, Mi...






This evening gown was the finale look of my undergraduate senior collection called “The Grand Sabbath.” This collection was inspired by Witchcraft in various ways from spirituality, pop culture, and history. The dress’ bodice features 35 different pattern pieces using 7 different black fabrics. The bodice can also be laced from front to back in different ways, which was inspired by corsets. The waist is defined with a black velvet waistband. The skirt is hand dyed silk crepe de chine and features a front slit and long train at center back.

Material Notes

Silk was hand dyed using acid dyes and with a Shibori knotting technique similar to tie dyeing.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Bohemian, Goth/Gothic Lolita, Rock, Romantic, Steampunk, Victorian
Blends, Polyester, Silk, Velvet

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    Jul 24, 2017, 05.34 PMby sewing fanatic

    dress has lovely structure and form, not to mention the gorgeous dyeing! =D

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      Jan 4, 2018, 05.55 AMby JPGagnon

      I love dyeing fabric! Thank you so much! :D

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    Jul 9, 2017, 07.19 AMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous dress. I love all the fabric you used x

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      Jul 15, 2017, 06.47 AMby JPGagnon

      Thank you Mary! She loved the fact she could “swish it” all down the runway. Models want to have fun too!

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    Jul 8, 2017, 07.24 AMby Maria Hayek

    There’s something wrong with the photos, can you try to remove them and add them again? I’d love to see what you describe

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      Jul 8, 2017, 06.22 PMby JPGagnon

      That’s weird! I hadn’t noticed there was a problem! Thanks for bringing it to my attention and I’ve just fixed it (hopefully). Let me know if there’s another issue! :)

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      Jul 8, 2017, 09.26 PMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you :) It was worth pointing it out, impressive work!

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      Jul 15, 2017, 06.48 AMby JPGagnon

      Thanks Maria! :D

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