Back in June of 2018, I finally indulged my first pair of American Duchess shoes. This was the same week that I picked up the “AD Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking” and finally listened to Hamilton. I got in on the pre-order for their pink 18th century Kensingtons without any plans for where or with what to wear them. If you know me, this is not surprising. I did have my pink 2011 Clockwork Droid, but I don’t wear my older costumes with any real frequency. A couple of months later, I ordered their 16th century Stratfords, which I’d been lusting after for five years. Then, their mid-Winter sale came around, and I decided that black cloth 18th century Dunmores were a good investment as well.
Please Note: I don’t play in the 18th century. I don’t hang in 18th century Facebook groups. I dipped my toes into the 18th century lake for my Clockwork Droid, splashed around a bit while watching The Duchess, and promptly jumped back out when I was done. Time to justify my new shoes.
So, why this costume? Storm is a goddess and a queen. The robe à la française has always been my favorite style. My new shoes are black. That’s about it. This costume will also allow me to play with wig-styling, which terrifies me. Hair and I have always been at odds, which is why I have a shoddily maintained mohawk. I’m all business. I’ve also been tinkering with 3D printed jewelry and findings, so we’ll see how that goes.
Start Date: 11/27/2018
Due Date: 4/11/2019
Elements: Underpinnings, Gown, Wig, Jewelry, Hand Fan
Total Spend: $430.78