*this was featured on tumblr, I just wanted to share for those of you who might have been curious.*
So a lot of people
well no. no one cared, but STILL we're going to pretend they did
The premise of my show as it stands right now is this. Let's pretend that my actual explanation is less wordy and that I can condense this down. OKAY!
It's 1879, small town england. A circus is well on its way to making it to the sleepy little town. Word on the street is girls and boys all over the country are running away to join these crazed spectacles and it's been advised to keep the children inside as to hedge this behavior off. In mid winter when everything becomes stagnant and the wind has even abandoned its own voice flyers for the most magnificent show on the earth, the Cirque des Ames is on its way to breath life into the otherwise sleepy town. Featuring an all female cast of characters the show promises to be the biggest show England, and the world has ever seen.
Little known yet is this circus has a nasty of habit of girls mysteriously disappearing, and the ring leader has a taste for virgin girls who are much too eager to run away from home.
After arriving in full spread the circus is well under way and the town is well under it's spell. It's at this time that the ringleader announces he has a little surprise for his beloved guest, not only are they invited to his show, but they will get to enjoy a double feature! Something never seen before, heard of before, done before, the introduction of a new act and the invitation to a wedding, one to rival even the Queens! Everyone becomes over joyed as the female performers seems to light the stage on fire with glitter and light. No one seems to notice anyone missing, all heads seem to be accounted for so the anticipation of the coming bride is almost too much for them to bear.
As each performer ascends the ring in fantastic show, the weight of the moment begins to overwhelm the audience as they become a rancorous pit of vicious spectators. First the Calliope player, then the Clown, the Elephant Rider, the Big top, the Aerialist, and finally the Lion Tamer all line the make shift aisle awaiting their bride. The crowd becomes more entranced and vulgar as the Ring leader approaches the center of the ring trailing off a red satin ribbon behind him. "Ladies and Gentlemen..." he urges to calm them down as the performers contort under his command. "I wish to present to you, my bride...and newest act, a very special little girl who's going to be my biggest achievement yet, The Liberty Horses..." tugging on the slacked ribbon as he walks forward he seems to drag out his unwilling jewel. Dripping in gold and scarlet, the vision of a veiled girl wanders out as the crowd erupts in antagonistic pleasure. Her dress drags behind her and the Ring leader attempts to coax her towards him. Closing in on what remains of her freedom she makes it to his side. Lifting her veil as the crowd becomes uncontainable it's no strangers face staring back at them with pleading appeal, it's the face of one of them. A girl who was perhaps too eager to throw away her life and safety to the wills of the circus. As the crowd continues to roar he kisses her hands bound by red ribbon and presents his prize to the intoxicated crowd. Her life has all but ended as he sweeps her off into the sequined shadows of the circus.
that was tragically bad wasn't it. I thought so. WELL HERE'S WHAT YOU MISSED BECAUSE I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE WRITING IT OUT AT 2 AM
links to existing illustrations. Features painted doll/aerialist, liberty horses, and lion tamer
this is a runway show people
i am this involved with my runway show
we have a problem and that problem is me.
A while back I mused on about how I always wondered what happened to the bygone clothing I've made through the years. The irony of this is, today while I was looking through my computer, I ACTUALLY found photographic evidence to show my growth as a seamstress, and I think it's really important that I share it with all of you.
Little known fact, I didn't REALLY start sewing independently until about 2007/08 and didn't actually produce things until about '09.
With that said, I give you a brief timeline of significant creations from Dear Dahlia.
Also, some of you may have seen the abridged version of this on Tumblr.
This was when I got my first sewing machine and I decided "HEY HOW HARD CAN THIS POSSIBLY BE RIGHT." Looking back, it's not as bad as it could have been...
All of this was fine and good, it was the summer between 11th and 12th grade, and as I always do, I got bored and made this.
This may seem VERY insignificant but this entire garment was a serious turning point for me. It was light when Madame Gres began to play with Jersey, I learned (incorrectly mind you) how to garther a skirt. And let's not ignore that those are 3 parts sleeves with layered peplums and a leg-o-mutten puff. Good stuff. After this, things got a bit...better.
Both of these dresses (not to toot my own horn or anything, were REALLY REALLY more advanced that I guess I realized at the time. It's really weird to me that I did these and in 2009!? really?!
I also did that. I was and will always be an AP english student.
2010 was significant for two reasons, it was a. my first anime boston, and b. the year I graduated high school. So in sporting style what did I do in early february? I made a waist coat and lined it. That's right, lined it. Of course, when I say LINED it, it was the most unsophistacated form of lining as I sewed it together in the waist seam, BUT ALL IN ALL IT WAS A GOOD THING. This lead to some other significant things...
2010 WAS ALSO AMAZING, because I made my first Miwako dress!
Oh yeah, and I went to prom. If you see blue anywhere in the picture, it's because I made that. That's right, my purse, dress, his tie and vest. WHAT WAS I DOING WITH MY LIFE I USED TO BE SO TALENTED!
OF course there were like 3 cosplays, and like 15 dresses leading up to this magical moment in time, but of course, they are sadly lost to the world and will never been seen from again.
of course I graduated, GOT pictures in the news...and began to work on, DUN DUN DUN!
of course there were many MANY dresses, none of which i feel like showing anyone mainly because they riddle this site.
This year LITERALLY changed everything.
that's like, my entire site, do you realize that? 2011 was crazy. Just crazy.
Oh yes! in 2011, I welcomed Bambi into my life.
2012 was quite possibly the most significant time in my entire life.
Need I say more? Some other pretty cool stuff happened too! Like all of this: (please note that there's apparently a TON missing)
in comparison I have gone from this
This concludes my entire life story, thanks for sticking around and reading it!
As many of you know, our designer Martha is abroad in London for a semester, and as many of you DONT know, she broke her Elna.
Most of you are both horrified and saddened by this event, but in typical Dahlia fashion, Martha bought a child's sewing machine and is making 2 wedding dresses on it using bed sheets and scraps from cosplays for the Design Museum's Ball this friday.
Make do and mend in deed.
Not gonna lie, I'm diggin that back ground light, makes it look more ethereal.
ANY WHO, this is the Goddess Madoka progress that I was able to do tonight. I got the top white dress pretty much finished, it's boned, lined and it's REALLY just missing a zipper.
As for the bottom skirts, I'm gonna have to get some black fabric in the morning to make the black cosmos stand out a bit more, but all in all the skirt just needs to be gathered into it's waistband and then well you know the rest.
The only thing that ISNT somewhat sewn, is the bolero, but it's sitting on the table waiting it's turn.
All in all I'm a little surprised that I got this far in like 5 hours. I'm concerned I may be a robot.
Good night folks! This designer is past her bed time.