The Museum of Creativity proudly presents “An Empire-Style Ball Gown Based on 21th Century Clothes”.
“I cannot determine what to do about my new Gown”, Jane Austen once wrote to her sister Cassandra. This is a feeling many of us can sympathize with. If you are going to attend a ball set in the Regency period, figuring out what to wear, where to get it or how to do it yourself is no easy task.
I am going to go a Jane-Austen-Ball at the end of this month. As I can’t sew, I tried to make the ball gown from everyday clothes I had found in my cupboard. But halfway through roughing out a concept for a modest white cotton gown, I stumbled upon a dazzling beautiful red lace in an oriental drapery. Though I knew perfectly well that I haven’t the sewing skills to handle the lace, I bought it.
Jane Austen was highly skilled with the needle. Nevertheless, her solution for getting along with her troublesome new gown was the following: “I have some hopes of meeting Martha (…) & shall see what she can do for me”.
Why not take a leaf out of Jane Austen’s book? Except, I did not meet Martha, but Lucia, my best friend. I owe a million thanks to Lucia for lending me a hand in this challenging project. All credit for the gown and its accessories go to her.
Anna M. Thane