I love the DFW Costumer's Guild. It's full of amazingly talented people that are really fun to be around. This weekend, we all got together to take in the Age of Impressionism exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum. I had worried that the museum might not be happy to see us, but we received a really warm reception from the museum staff, and we had a lot of questions from the patrons about who we were and what we were about. It was great to introduce so many new people to the idea of the Guild. I definitely hope we'll be having some future events at the Kimbell, it was really an awesome experience. We had several people saying that our presence "added to the experience", and that we looked like we had "walked out of the paintings". Are those amazing compliments, or what?!
It goes without saying that everyone looked completely amazing. We even had some new members join us, coming down all the way from Oklahoma City just to attend our event! We were almost all in bustle gowns, with a couple in Natural Form dresses. I don't recall seeing anyone in our group do Natural Form before, so that was something special!
After the exhibit, we went over to the nearby La Madeleine for tea and cake. We laughed and chatted for a good while, before migrating outside for some pics.
I had originally planned on that teal and black striped bustle gown, but one thing led to another, and I just ran out of time before the event. (Told you something would happen!) So, instead I dug out an unfinished underskirt and built a new gown around that. Time and money were against me, so I dug around in my Stash and found a few yards of black silk velvet, which I used to make the bodice and overskirt. The grey brocade that I used to accent the bodice and sleeves was a gift from my grandmother, so that made this dress a little more special. The only thing I spent money on was the hat, which I had to buy fabric for since I didn't have enough of the velvet left over.
This was my first time doing an asymmetrical overskirt, and I quite like how it turned out. I do miss the fluffy draping in the back, but I really like how this gown turned out, especially since it was thrown together over the course of two days!
I'm also completely in love with my hat. Yay for feathers!