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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.





































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
























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
























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


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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