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RCC3 by ZebrASkin44 RCC3 by ZebrASkin44
THEME: Wedding Princess
RACE: Human
COSTUME CONCEPT: Traditional
DETAILS: Spotted fur, pleats, Escalade flare
COLOR SCHEME: Red, white, black

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Like I said in RCC1, I really wanted to keep a steady inspiration from the Elizabethan time period of the real royalties back in the 1600s and what they wore. This costume is the only one that mostly reflects it more strongly than the others do by using details widely used back then as well. By keeping this wedding dress traditional, I added an Elizabethan-pleated collar which dramatically goes above the head and on the shoulders connecting to the back...which isn't shown. The pleated collar acts as a detail to keep focus on her face. Otherwise, the viel would have overpowered her face and it wouldn't be as flattering or traditional. To keep the collar extended and superior without looking absurd, I added long feathers to lengthen the collar and add a sense of style to the peice. The dress is then seen as a strapless fitted dress with an elaborately patterned flare. The flare starts in the back on the hips and goes to the front, over-lapping and elegantly ending towards the floor as it drapes to the back again. The back finishes the flare off with a 3-peice train connected with criss-crossed chains that coordinate with the jewelery on the neck and coordinate with the overlapping of the flared-insert. The dress itself is simple without the added inserts. It's fitted and red. By making the dress my own with innovation, I wanted to use colors and color-mixing that isn't used for wedding wear today or ever. Otherwise, the costume would turn out to be boring and too unpleasant to look at. The spotted fur was once worn by royalties when a princess would become a queen...she would wear a cape with spotted fur trim or all spotted fur with inserts on her dress. For this, I want the spotted fur to be used for marriage as well because it seemed like such a symbolic element back then used for an achievment or success in life. Marriage IS a success in life and a big one...especially if your royal. The red is for power. Red gives off a strong emotional-connection. It's powerful, hot, and attention-grabbing...just the thing a princess needs for this costume design. The whole look is finally finished off with her crown, feathers and a fan as an elegant accessory to match with her pleated collar.
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ZebrASkin44 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006   Interface Designer
Jadexx and Chris...once you guys learn about garment construction and how designs are made in all levels, you'll understand how the waist stays up. It's actually very, very simple. You guys just aren't used to seeing stuff out of the ordinary. The whole purpouse of costume design is to change shapes people already know of and make something different and eye-catching, but still have a theme and a concept to work around.

By the way, it's not particularly a "waist"...it's an "insert." An insert is a pattern peice. A pattern peice is a garment part which sews onto another garment part to create something.
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jadexx Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006  Hobbyist Interface Designer
im still not too clear how the waist works out, as in how it holds up, but i love the colour, very rich and bold =D
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ZebrASkin44 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006   Interface Designer
Again, this isn't Haute Couture. Your in this contest too right? If you are...then you have to be costumy. Thats why its a "costume design" contest. Pretty straight foward.

Expanded hips is strickly for innovation. Without it, the dress wouldn't be creative. The vision I had was a very geometric shape with her figure. Didn't want her to be slim. In costume design, you have to think literal and have creative vision with shapes, patterns and construction. Besides...again, without the expanded hip-cylinders...the overlapping flare in the front would look too heavy without a designed geometric upper part.


To be honest here, you really have to get used to seeing costume design, theatrics and high scale haute couture when designers really express their vision using one of a kind techniques and ways to express themselves with inspiration. If your not used to seeing these forms of art, then ou might feel uncomfortable seeing them and often find it unflattering and ugly. I remember in my fashion class a few years ago...teachers showed an image of a theatrical Couture Christian Dior design...inspired by the japanese. It had rubber literally on the women's mouth...and extended as a form-fitting rubber dress above the knee. She wore a fur coat on top of the tight ensemble. Nobody understood it, but me. It wasn't really the odd fabrication of the garment that it made it inspirational...it was the romantic "cuts" of the rubber and the presentation on the runway which really made critics see his vision clearly and creatively.

Hopefully when you get to see more in fashion than just the usual "formal" and correct-looking mass-fashion style garments, you'll see what I mean. It's all point of view and some people have more abstract perspectives...while others have more literal-minded perspectives. I go for the abstract. I love expressing up to 25 different details and concepts in just 1 high form of art.
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cjrogers1993 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006
No, I do appriceate high fashion, and Mass-Production clothing...I HATE! So yeah, i do get what you are saying, and I hate those people who copy off of other people and do the same thing! Coem on be original! Arion, I applude you. :glomp:
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ZebrASkin44 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006   Interface Designer
Well thanX, but just remember that designing mass-fashion is a must to be a designer on any level. Without it, you wouldn't be successful or famous cuz 98% of the world is mass-fashion customers...the rest 2% is haute couture customers. You really have to please that 98% first before getting to the higher end stuff which celebs wear...and very few celebs if I may add. Only 12 dozen.

Anyways, its also a fact that 3/10 of a fashion designer's job is actually sitting down and "designing" garments on paper. The rest...6/10 is spent sewing, sample making, fabric coordinating, editing, going insane, getting buyers, figuring out percentage sales, figuring out prices...its just a REAL true business. In fashion, there's also 3 sides. The creative side, the business side and the fame side...all 3 must work cohesively together to be successful and its not easy. I would say the creative side is the most passionate among designers...but the least spent working on. The design course isn't as glamorous as people imagine it to be.
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cjrogers1993 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006
Well, anyway I still would like to go to Parsons, FIDM, or FIT... I hope my dream comes true.
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ZebrASkin44 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006   Interface Designer
This isn't Haute Couture, this is costume design. Costume design is not fashion design...the two differ artistically and in marketable aspects.

I really think you forgot that Ringquelle's competition is based on costume design. If it were a fashion contest, I would be doing Couture for royalties...but im not. People are missing the point by far.


And the explanding waistline is just two cylinders consisting of back panels, and front panels. It just gives it a dramatic sillhuoette. If it weren't there, the drape inter-locking in the front would appear too heavy like its hugging her hips. By having the cylinder-pattern waist effect, it gives the body shape and innovation. Otherwise it wouldn't be creative. I think out of the box whenever designing costume. It's what you have to do because costumes aren't meant to be worn by normal people...however, they ARE meant to express art in various ways wether its sculpture or not.
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cjrogers1993 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006
Wel in thay case...I'm not very "Costumy", and I personally still don not understand the purpose of the expanded hips. It would look just fine if it was hugging the outer hips. But as i stated before i'm not very Houte-Couture, or Costume wary.
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cjrogers1993 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006
I'm not too fond of this, espescilally because i'm not very "Haute-Couturey". But i (personally) dont really like the expanding waistline...
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adriannauk Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
very dramatic and strong design, great stuff!
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