This dress has had a few incarnations. It started life in 1989 as a periwinkle blue silk
habotai dress with white bobbin lace trim, my very first vintage ball gown, made in 6 days.
Later I made a grey shot silk taffeta bodice and overskirt to wear over the blue skirt. The
trim is royal blue pleated silk satin, elaborately pleated in a design taken from
Dress of silk blend plaid, silk pongee underdress, goldenrod mop fringe, cotton net and bobbin
This dress was inspired by a dress from the Cincinnati Art Museum
The flounces are made of upholstery silk, in a woven plaid. It
dances wonderfully. Some day I hope to make (or find) striped fringe to edge all of the flounces.
Please note the importance of having your horse match your gown.
Dress of midnight blue silk organza over royal blue silk habotai, embroidered organza
trim. This dress was created for the PBS American Experience show Grant for my
portrayal of Mrs. Grant at a formal dinner. Unfortunately all of my scenes ended up on the cutting room
floor--except for a few bits with just my hands.
Dress of green silk organza over green silk habotai, custom dyed.
This dress was made for
Hannelore Unfried, a dance teacher and historian from Vienna, Austria. The color and style was
inspired by a small watercolor painting of Queen Victoria by Winterhalter.
Dress of printed cotton calico, blue and brown windowpane print,
reproduction fabric from South Seas Imports Historical Line; collar of cotton with Valenciennes
lace trim, undersleeves of cotton voile with broderie anglais cuffs.
This photo was taken at a vintage base-ball game in Massachusetts in September 2004, the
“E” pennant is for the
Essex Base-Ball club.