Reproduction Black Tulle Ball Gown was initially made in 2012 and re-trimmed for PEERS Vampire Ball in 2016. Synthetic fabrics are not historically accurate. Re-purposing old dresses into newer styles has certainly been done throughout time.
Pattern base for this dress is 1890s with assymmetrical trimming that is more like the 1900s Edwardian period into the 1910s. So, this is a mashup of remnants of the puff sleeves of mid 1890s with future forward assymetric draping.
Dress was made out of purple polyester satin with black tulle and sequined net. Dress was initially made as a mockup for a future Gibson Girl style dress.
1890s Reproduction Black Tulle Ball Gown was made for fancy dress Gaskell ball in 2012. My friend and I had our faces painted Dia de los Muertes or Day of the Dead style before we knew this could be considered cultural appropriation. None of the research I had done in 2012 said anything about only those of Mexican heritage were allowed to dress this way. In 2016, there are differing viewpoints with some groups strongly seeing those outside of the culture wearing this style as cultural appropriation. Retroactive apologies to anyone offended.
First wearing had red, burgandy and gold tulle flowers that pinned to the skirt.
Back lacing with machine sewn round buttonholes.
Hidden side pockets near back.
Hem facing detail and back train buttons