Rapunzel Costume (Client Commission 2014)
For Halloween 2014, I was asked by a client to alter a pre-purchased dress to somewhat resemble Rapunzel, from the 2010 film "Tangled". After the client left my house, I was contacted by her mother and asked to scrap that idea, and make a full film reproduction costume in secret, as a surprise. This meant that I could not clear fabric choices with the client, or retake any measurements. It gave me considerable creative control but prevented me from knowing whether or not she would "love" the costume, until the day she came back to my home to pick it up.
The corset is attached to the skirt of the dress, so while the dress looks to be many pieces, it's all securely fastened to itself, and is put on and closed using one zipper in the back for ease of wear.
Nobody likes to actually lace up a corset, but everyone likes the look, so I did punch grommets and thread delicate pink ribbon through for accuracy. The corset can be loosened or tightened if the wearer ever changes sizes, so the costume can be worn for years to come.
I chose several varieties of purple silk and pink silk to create the body of the costume. Tulle accents were added, and custom embroidered ribbon edging was added around the front and bottom hem of the skirt overlay. Lace edging was put in under the bottom hem to create the illusion of a petticoat without adding bulk.
Clear tulle sleeves were added instead of more solid silk, for visual interest. The client is a ballerina and her mother mentioned that her beautiful, strong shoulders and neck would be highlighted with the open neckline of the gown, so I left it as off-shoulder as possible without risk of bra straps showing, or the silken fabric sliding down.
When finished, the client's mom brought her back to my home to try it on, and the client walked in thinking she was just getting the plain altered sundress that she had picked out weeks before. The surprise went over well, and she could not wait to show off her costume to her friends.