When I saw this glorious gown by Fellini Couture, it reminded me of many of my favourite things: 18th-century Spanish painting, and Manet’s riffs on the Spanish style, Regency dresses, illustrations by Erté, and the 1930s as seen by Hollywood. I had to have the gown, even though I knew it wasn’t Portia’s style, much less mine. (My test: If I can’t sit down on the sidewalk, I’m overdressed. Not that I want to sit down on the sidewalk.) Instead of trying to live up to the standard the dress set, I made it ours by contrasting its feminine excess with austere sinister makeup.
The gown comes with a crystalline, star-shaped corset which felt too friendly for the look I wanted. I kept the giant headdress, and refrained from adding any soft flowing hair, because I wanted Portia to look like a weird vamp, not a hot one. A Theda Bara vamp, not a vampire. No blood is sucked when Portia wears pale pink.
Credits to creators
Fellini Couture, Precious Stones Gown
&bean, Old Bones Burning Stake (not available)
Glam Affair, Stella Eyes
Meghindo’s, Lashes No.1
glow studio, Bohemia eyelashes raindrop (gift June 2010)
SLink, Lara MaryJane Heels (gift)
Tee*fy, Pink Romance tights (old dollarbie)
Poised, Vinyl Love Gloves
Olive Juice, Fall Frills pack of poses