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The Eirwyn

The Eirwyn- front detail

The Eirwyn gown is one of my original designs. I wanted to create a formal gown that captured the grace and delicate beauty of snow.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

july2010 068.JPGThe Eirwyn gown is made from a vintage wedding gown, originally created in the 1950's. The vintage wedding gown had a bodice of Chantilly lace over duchess satin; its full skirt featured several tiers of tulle with lace appliques and lace flounces.                                 

 

 

 

 

Eirwyn means "snow,"and the Eirwyn gown captures the delicacy and lightness of a snowflake. The lace bodice gently flows into a satin waist, from which lace tendrils branch out over an ethereal tulle skirt. An elegant lace flounce drapes dramatically over the middle tulle tier and dips into a cathedral-length train.

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The sleeves of the Eirwyn gown are like small puffs of air, capped with snowy lace.

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 A column of tiny pearls graces the back of the gown.

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 The multiple layers of tulle and lace create intriguing patterns in the full ball skirt.

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This vintage lace is almost 60 years old. It is still in good condition.

The lace had many intricate designs, which could be used in different ways. When I started identifying motifs for my gown, I tried to use motifs that were the right scale for the doll. If I used all of the lace motifs in full-scale, the design of the gown would have been overpowered by the lace; and, therefore, my main concept would have been ruined.

By draping the delicate lace patterns and layering the fine tulle, I was able to achieve a gown that captures the ethereal beauty of snow and evokes the same sense of delight.

The vintage Effanbee doll wearing the Eirwyn gown

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