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Ophelia [from the John William Waterhouse painting]
Series: Literature, Art, and History

Debut: MileHiCon 2010
Competitions: MileHiCon 2010 Masquerade, Costume Con 2012 Masquerade
Awards: 1st Place @ MileHiCon 2010 Masquerade
Status: Completed

JW Waterhouse's Ophelia painting is my absolute favorite piece of artwork of all time, and I've been wanting to create this dress for years.  I spent a good deal of time altering patterns and researching how best to apply all the materials needed to make this dress the image of the one in the painting.

I did all the beading in about 12 hours total, using about a dozen types of stones and glass: pearls, rose & crystal quartz, aventurine, amazonite, jade, jasper, garnet, labradorite, and others. I even got to use a friendís great embroidery machine to add some much needed detail. There are many more details on this dress at my blog.

Materials List
Pattern - Butterick 4827
Fabrics - Synthetic blue-gold Dupioni, gold rayon lining
Wig - Amphigory
Accessories - Flowers from various craft stores.

Photos courtesy of Nick Warner.