Introduction and



& Mediaeval


Bridal Gowns



The William Morris


Classical Tutus
& Dance Costume


16th and 17th Century

18th and 19th Century


Sample Sale


Ready-to-Wear Venetian Ball Collection
A corseted gown of satin and tulle, encrusted with crystals and beads - as suitable for the Venice Ball masquerades as for a wedding gown.

I have always loved the combination of a sumptuous hooded cloak over a tightly boned bodice with abundant skirts.  Although the "cape and corset" combination is a typically eighteenth century fashion, with "Venetia" the bodice is cut to shape 21st century curves, whist still reflecting classic rococo styles with its ornate decoration.

This is a totally unique ready-to-wear gown. If the sizing is unsuitable, it can be ordered as a made-to-measure commission, but this is on the understanding that identical fabrics and trims cannot be guaranteed.

The corseted pale green duchesse satin bodice is embellished with silver lace, and handbeaded with pastel coloured pearls, sequins and swarovski crystals. The skirt is in silver lace draped over a classic "ballet skirt" of lilac tulle.

"Venetia" is now sold but the gown and/or the crushed velvet cloak can still be ordered made-to-measure.


"And there are dresses splendid, but fantastical,
Masks of all times and nations...
All kinds of dress...

Lord Byron "Beppo - A Venetian Story"

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