Carnevale Update

My plans for Carnevale have changed somewhat drastically since I last posted.  Did you know a second bag of luggage is $100 each way on Delta?  INSANITY!  Which means most of my costumes are being shipped and have to be finished by February 10th.

1.

Eleonora di Toledo by Angelo Bronzino.

Eleonora di Toledo by Angelo Bronzino.

Looks kind of familiar, eh?  After making the decision awhile back to make the gown using the heavy upholstery fabric I purchased in California, I kind of put her on the back-burner.  Then the fabric became an actual reality and there was no way I could go to Florence and NOT make this dress.  The always lovely Kim is making the buttons for me, and I am scrambling to find pieces for the jewelry.  I had hoped to wear my new “Stratford” shoes with this, but it looks like they won’t be available till March.

I am currently scrambling to finish the partlett for me and for Kim, finish the undergarments and figure out shoes.  But I am very excited at the idea of wearing this outfit in Italy.

2.

Paolo Caliari Veronese Portrait of a Woman (Bella Nani) Musee du Louvre, Paris, France ca. 1557

Paolo Caliari Veronese
Portrait of a Woman (Bella Nani)
Musee du Louvre, Paris, France
ca. 1557

Not this exact gown, but one very similar.  I have a beautiful blue velvet for this, and I have always wanted to do cut-work sleeves.  I am also going to wear a mask with this that was given to my by Santa Carlucci from when he went to Venice.

3.

Salome/Judith by Lucas Cranach.

Salome/Judith by Lucas Cranach.

The Allori painting of the girl in pink and green is going to have to wait till next year.  I have all the fabric and trim and crazy huge Flavor Flav size gold chains for this outfit, so I am taking it with me.  I am particularly in love with the starfish hat.  The severed head might have to stay home.  OR it might have to be completely blinged out in rhinestones.

4.

From the album "Diva."  Copyright Annie Lennox, BMG, Arista.

From the album “Diva.” Copyright Annie Lennox, BMG, Arista.

Yes, Annie made the cut.  I wasn’t planning on bringing her along as I was going to try to stick to large over-the-top costumes and Renaissance-themed costumes, but I actually think this outfit kind of screams “Carnevale.”  I am making a glittery mask to wear with it, and it is probably the only time I will be able to wear a velvet francaise outside.

5.

Holiday Granger as Lucrezia Borgia in Showtime's "Borgias."

Holiday Granger as Lucrezia Borgia in Showtime’s “Borgias.”

This one also made the cut.  I really want a fantasy based Italian gown that I can wear with big hair and have it be filled with color.  Also, something that will be comfortable to wear and not require a corset.  This one will also have a glittery mask.

6.

Steampunk Circus Clown, 2013

Steampunk Circus Clown, 2013

I am bringing the bottom half of this costume, the wig and the sleeves.  The rest is going to be completely different due to the original bits being so incredibly heavy.  It is going to wind up being a cross between a clown and a tightrope walker, and even more bright in terms of color.

7.

c. 1986 JUNE ANDERSON Stage Worn Opera Gown with Original Massive Slip.

c. 1986 JUNE ANDERSON Stage Worn Opera Gown with Original Massive Slip.  Inspiration for the Ice Queen.

The biggest costume I am bringing is the Ice Queen.  There was never a question of this outfit not being part of the group.  Elizabeth (my lovely travel companion) is making a “Fire” version and I certainly can’t let her down.  Chelsey and I are working on embroidery and beadwork and all kinds of fabulous things.  The wig is going to be crazy.

My plan is to ship these over to Italy with the exception of the Eleonora dress.  If there was some problem with the package not arriving it would kill me to not be able to wear Eleonora in Italy.  The others would be sad, but not quite as meaningful.  

The countdown has begun – 40 days is not a lot of time, but I have irrational confidence that I can do it, lol.  Wish me luck.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Carnevale Update

  1. I have friends who shipped their costumes to Venice and were charged Duty. Check before you ship as the extra luggage charge may be the better option.

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