Colored Masquerade Gown in Black, White, Purple, Red and Gold

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Sofia won my last contest for guessing that one of my top ten favorite movies is Casablanca. (The other nine: Whisper of the Heart, Vertigo, The Thin Man, Some Like It Hot, Robin Hood (Disney version), Porco Rosso, North by Northwest, Dr. Strangelove and All About Eve.) She wrote: “Casablanca is one of my favorite movies, too, and definitely a film everyone should see. Anyway, I’d like to see the masquerade dress from this post: in dark colors… maybe a mottled red/black/purple kind of brocade or damask pattern on the skirt, with gold trim.” I hope you like this version, Sofia. I certainly do, although it made my thumb go numb again. I’ve got to start splitting up these pattern-heavy coloring jobs over the course of a couple of days! (Not a complaint, I really like being challenged to do something cool like this.)

Colors used: French Grey family (white cascade, sleeves, etc.), Cool Grey (70% and 90% on the top part), Dark Umber, Light Umber, Goldenrod, Sunburst Yellow, Crimson Lake, Tuscan Red, Moss Green, Limepeel, Imperial Violet, Greyed Lavender, Black Grape, Black, Colorless Blender

18 thoughts on “Colored Masquerade Gown in Black, White, Purple, Red and Gold

  1. Absolutely lovely! It reminds me of this thing they used to do shortly after the french revolution called a bal aux victimes. you had to be a relative of someone who was executed during the revolution to attend, and they’d wear low cut dresses with their hair up and ribbons around their necks to mimic the victims on the way to the guillotine. that’s a grisly memory for such a pretty dress! sorry!

  2. Porco Rosso is my favourite Ghibli film! (Though I love them all and have the entire collection on dvd…)
    I love this dress!

  3. Do you think you could do one of Sugar’s dresses from Some like it Hot? That would be really neat…

  4. What time period is the style of this dress from, do you know? (Ex: pre-revolutionary France, Middle Ages, Reniassance…)

    1. It’s more of a fantasy gown than one based on any particular time period. I suppose that when I think of masquerade gowns I think of elements from the 1700s, but that is my own preference more than anything based in historical fact.

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