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Madame de Pompadour by aimeekitty Madame de Pompadour by aimeekitty
This is my Madame de Pompadour gown based on the Doctor Who episode, "The Girl in the Fireplace"... which was my first episode of Doctor Who!

I made the gown using historical patterns (complete with stays and hoops).
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MellonCollie23 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You going to this year's Gallifrey One?
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xXMjTheDorkXx Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow this is beautiful!
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luciadmedici Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
the most beautiful part of this picture is surprisingly not the (very pretty) gown, but the swimmingpool in the back XD
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Miss-Zenith Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, well done! I reckon you bare a far better resemblance to Reinette than the actress they chose for her role in Doctor Who. The dress and the hair are just perfect! :D
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aimeekitty Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
aw thankyou! I don't think I look that great as a blonde, but I liked making the dress. :) I've read some biographies about her, too, so I have a double connection.
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Miss-Zenith Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
She was a very highly accomplished woman of her time, though there are very mixed accounts about the kind of person she was. Still, I admire her greatly. :)
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doctordonna131 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
omg!0.o i love her!!!!!!!! best dt eposide ever!
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Thief-of-Always Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
My compliments to you on the gown. I am involved in Historical Re-Enactment and have portrayed Baroque, Rococo, as well as Napoleonic Eras. That said, I can fully appreciate the time and effort involved in the construction of a gown such as this. Well done, dear girl! It is no small feat to accomplish..And from what the ladies have told me, not an easy garmet to wear; stays and all. ;)
It looks to be tailored out of brocade or damask...Photos can be rather deceiving. Regardless, stunning job, you wear it well.
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aimeekitty Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
ah, and the fabric, I would have preferred silk or some natural fiber, but I was attempting to recreate a particular pattern from the TV show that this dress shows up in, so the fabric I'm using, I'm sure it's some manmade fiber, it's actually not that great. but it works well for the dress recreation.
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Thief-of-Always Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
"Girl in the Fireplace" is a wonderful episode; one of my favorites from the "Era of Ten". You did well in its construction and it truly is a labor of love. There have been moments in fabric stores that I have seen cloth that sorely tempted me regarding a new weskit or coat...But, I could never use such at an event due to "the rules". I am pretty much stuck with wool and linen..Which is fine, but it can be rather drab. Regardless of the fabric, that gown is stunning.
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aimeekitty Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
yes, it's sort of a weighed scale of accuracy to the period or to the episode, I went in favor of the episode but constructed historically. :) I don't worry too much about the rules, but I do really like doing things fully historical when I'm able... it's really fun and interesting, isn't it?

Regarding Victorian,... from a woman's perspective, the construction is not that much, but the embellishment takes a very long time... all those ruffles and trim on trim! :) My Victorian (the pink and white striped one) took way longer than my 18th century gowns, even though the 18th century ones had trim, too!

it's fun to do different periods! I hope you'll have fun with yours! :)

Girl in the Fireplace was the first episode of Doctor Who that I saw, and it's what got me hooked. My friends knew it would because of my love for froufrou dresses (and the emotional hooks...)
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Thief-of-Always Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I have to admit not being under the microscope does have certain advantages. Way back when, in the beginnings, I used to attend Ren Faires...There are no real rules what so ever. So those are my humble roots and my love for history eventually set me on the Re-Enactment path. I attended a convention in Chicago one year and I cannot expound enough how thrilling it was to mix and mingle amongst so many different stages of historical examples. I remember standing outside the hotel flanked by one fellow in circa WWII, and another attired in American Civil War; whereas I was in Napoleonic. There was a Ball held one evening and if you could think of a time, there was more than likely someone portraying it.I do enjoy it greatly, even though the rules can be rather a pain now and again.
Ah, the trim work is always a devilment to deal with. I posted a picture from a few years back on my deviations page and I can tell you truly, that by the time all the buttons were finished on the coat and waistcoat...I never wanted to see another button again...ever! To this day I think buttons are evil. Nevertheless, it did not stop me from constructing two more each.;)I am not over keen on the picture, but it shows some of the details well enough. To be honest,
I came into the good Doctor's aquaints rather backwards. I was aware of 'Doctor Who", and remebered the "Classic" stuff. I should have latched onto it sooner due to always having been fascinated with the concept of Time Travel...BUT! It took Torchwood to get me hooked in to it proper. And the rest, as they say, is history.
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aimeekitty Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Thankyou! I'm used to wearing corsets for costumes, I used more contemporary (or Victorian, roughly) corsets most often,... but 18th century actually doesn't really compress that much, so it's really not that bad. (18th century stays/corset is more about getting the front flat to support that stomacher look)

And this dress is not as heavy or uncomfortable as some other things. The pocket hoops are actually no trouble at all. They aren't huge and only sit at the hips and are super light.

My Victorian is actually heavier:
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and then this non-historical ballgown (worn with a victorian corset, original hoops and huge petticoat) is MUCH heavier and definitely has a time limit. The dress is velvet with lots of rhinestones on it, it's very heavy.
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Thief-of-Always Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You are most welcome! Thank you for linking the others, as well. I have been tempted to portray the Victorian Period. I have aquaintances that do and I have to admit, at least on my side of the blanket, the clothing is far less complicated in tailoring than what I already have. ( And I do love fob watches. ) I do know that dresses of that period are quite a bit of work to construct and still involve a great deal of fabric. I can fully appreciate the effort and time involved in producing such clothing. One of my lady friends has a dress likened to yours of pink, and it is quite impressive. Again, thank you for sharing, I very much enjoyed seeing the other pieces. You should be proud, for all three are quite large accomplishments!
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broadwaydreamer Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful Reinette! Massive props on patterning. You look lovely :)
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cloebird123414 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
one of my favorite episodes too =) and the dress fills me with warm fuzzies
rococo is the clothing of real women lol
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aimeekitty Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Thankyou, I love 18th century gowns.
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NightsDeepBreath Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow Beautiful!
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aimeekitty Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Thankyou
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Natsumi-Tsujimoto Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:la:...*She loves her*
*She runs out and steals it, like a pirate who stole the women.*
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aimeekitty Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
:)
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Natsumi-Tsujimoto Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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Draculasaurus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Beautiful!
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aimeekitty Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Thankyou
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HollyChi Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Ooh wow, amazing. :o I love it.

TGitF is my FAVORITE episode. I just love it.

It was not the first i had watched, but one of the firsts, and most memorable.
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sakurarinbu Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010   Photographer
Yay pretty fabrics! :D WIN!
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KadajGotsGame Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
:cry: its so pretty *sniffle* its almost a crime
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RecycledSushi Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice! I remember seeing you for masquerade or something or other.
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Nayhenanochi Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
that was my first Doctor Who episode too! Gasp!!!
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spawnofjaws Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Student
Gorgeous! :D
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Love-Bound-Hime Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Student Filmographer
AW!!!!
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AlAlNe Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Beautiful!
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CrazyHobbitGirl Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Oh wow! Great, job, it's soooo pretty! :D
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Kingpoof Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh it looks awesome!
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smutpuppets Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Ah, yes, the swimming pool at Versailles.

Gorgeous!
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Hyogoko Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Student Filmographer
so beautiful, you're lucky to find those historical patterns. I had to use a elvis pattern for this costume. [link]
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clarkina Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010   Traditional Artist
So beautiful! I love the sleeves of the dress~<3
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aetherical Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Very impressive! That is a very good episode.
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ThePuddingMolester Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw you (and I believe chatted with you) while there, but I didn't know it was you. Gorgeous! It looks very lovely on you.
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Oxis Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow,so incredibly beautiful :)
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dani-carip Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
I adore your costume, but am also just tickled by this picture because I like the idea of The Doctor and Reinette time-travelling to the modern equivalent of a palace :D
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lamarnza Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Why I recognize that view. :D
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Threshie Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:wow: Beautiful work! Nice photo and pose, too. :D
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masaothedog Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010   Traditional Artist
That looks so awesome>w<. And that episode totally made me cry.
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