Beyond Blue

Within the depths of the ocean, another form of a life glides through crystalline waters…

Inspired by Friedrich de la Motte Fouque's 1811 tale, Undine, the one-of-a-kind “Beyond Blue” gown explores the mystery and majesty of this curious realm. Life-size mer-creatures undulate in a rounded composition gradually drifting back to their hidden world.

The artist oversaw the two-month construction process and personally completed many of its most painstaking elements. The skirt’s surface showcases an original Novelline painting and glitters with over 30,000 hand-applied, color-coordinated Swarovski crystals.

The eco-conscious gown is comprised of 60% hemp, a sustainable fiber and utilizes a minimal waste pattern. The petticoat includes over 200 yards of tulle assembled with a no-waste pattern. The cathedral train is 13ft in length.

[Novelline’s] elegant, mysterious, and mer-people-laden “Beyond Blue” gown (inspired by the 1811 tale “Undine”) was some of the most beautiful cosplay we’ve ever seen in our lives.
— Gizmodo



A custom gown for Maisie Williams.

"Plenty of women’s and fashion sites trying to get in on the SDCC coverage have been declaring that various celebrities “won Comic-Con fashion” this past weekend with their bright eyeliner, quirky geek-themed accessories, and other daring fashion choices.

But we think we can declare a clear winner, and that is Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams.

Just look at the book dress she wore to Entertainment Weekly’s party! Yes, we said book dress—and we really mean look at it, because there are recycled pages from comic books Sandman, Sailor Moon, X-Men, and many more, as well as a belt forged from a paperback of A Game of Thrones. (The above pic is of Williams at the Bookbarn International, where she initially debuted the dress.)

On the red carpet, she told reporters, “I’m hoping for a new Angelina Jolie thing, and people are gonna Photoshop their faces in my dress.” Stop being so cool, Arya. And we will."

It never hurts to do something outside of your comfort zone...[and] the occasion could not have been more perfect.
— Vogue
The Coolest Thing At Comic-Con.
— HuffPost Style


The Golden Book Gown

Once upon a time...

there was a paper, storybook gown constructed entirely out of recycled and discarded children’s Golden Books sewn together with golden thread.

Can the stories of our past become part of a sustainable future?

The surface area of the paper skirt is ~22,000 square inches. The paper skirt is comprised entirely of the original book illustrations, and the he bodice is made from the books’ foil spines backed by tape adhesive.

The gown was featured on display at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA in 2012 and at Drift Contemporary Art Gallery in Portsmouth, NH in 2013. The gown is currently in storage in possession of the artist.

So amazing!
— Tommy Hilfiger
...An insanely stunning gown...Our jaws [are] still on the ground.
— Glamour