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Topic: Alphonse Mucha painting  (Read 11363 times)
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« on: November 05, 2009 05:49:05 PM »

Hey! I'm a huge fan of Art Nouveau and Alphonse Mucha, so when I saw these gorgeous headdresses on etsy I knew *exactly* what I wanted to be for Halloween.

I made the headdress with thick interfacing and silk flowers. I started by poking the stems through, but I shortly decided to just sew them on. It was less time-consuming and much more secure. The chestpiece is more of the interfacing--I was going to bead it, but, as I was drawing the design on, I realized that it looked pretty sweet and I could easily save some money and frustration by *not* beading it. The ribbon is more marker. The dress is sewn out of some old flannel sheet my mom had lying around the house. I had planned to go thrifting for a sheet before she offered them up. I'm glad I picked such a simple dress design, because I had to come up with the pattern myself! I am definitely not an accomplished enough seamstress to do that with anything that actually involved armholes.

The painting I used;

Detail of the headdress:

Detail of the chestpiece:

My friend (James Dean!) & I on Halloween

« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2009 06:03:36 PM »

when i saw the thumbnail i was like "gasp! alphonse mucha?" and sure enough i was right! what a great idea for a costume! mucha is one of my absolute favs and you replicated the picture so beautifully! did you have to explain to a lot of people who you were?

« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2009 06:07:32 PM »

I am a huge fan of Mucha as well! I love your costume. I actually decided to do the same thing next year (I came up with the idea the day before Halloween, which figures). You did an amazing job on the dress, and I just love that you reused fabric from your moms sheets. Thanks for sharing!
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2009 06:09:34 PM »

thank you! and yes, I totally did. Most people seemed to think I was Cleopatra, especially when I was wandering my dorm without the headdress on. I had to laugh.
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2009 07:42:37 AM »

Great costume and lovely details! Even if some people mistook you for Cleo, I bet a lot of us on here will immediately see Mucha!

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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2009 09:10:40 PM »

Such a neat idea! I love the Mucha girls, and that turned out great.

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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2009 02:03:31 PM »

This is amazing!!! I love Mucha

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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2009 01:13:20 PM »

Great idea!  I love that costume;  I knew who you were as soon as I saw the picture.  I used to have a print of that very illustration . . . hmm, I wonder what I did with it?  lol

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« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2009 04:59:29 PM »

thanks again, everyone!

Ambri, I do that all the time--I save all the calendars I get and use some of the pages as dorm room decoration, but then I always misplace the rest of them!
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