Here is a set of 18th Century undergarments that I made, to theatrical practices. It consists of a pair of stays (what preceded the more-familiar Victorian corset) and pocket hoops.
Above the undergarments sits this 18th Century costume. It consists of a structured silk velvet jacket with elaborate detailing at the cuffs, and skirt. It is a costume made for the chorus character of the Woman of Venice in the operetta Candide, a courtesan figure frequenting Venetian gambling halls. As such the costume is elegant and expensive – as well as somewhat showy.
My hardcore fans (hello mum!) will know that this isn’t new work; I have in fact blogged about these costumes before (here, here and here). However I have recently started getting my work photographed professionally for my portfolio (and upcoming website!) and thought that I would share the images, as they are rather lovely.
The costume (consisting of jacket and skirt) is currently for sale, please contact me if you are interested in purchasing it.
All photography is this post is by Nelly Nguyen