Saturday, December 24, 2011

Old Costume: Labyrinth Ballgown

First off, if you haven't seen the movie Labyrinth, go watch it.  It's awesome: like David Bowie, little Jennifer Connelly, and Jim Henson puppets awesome.  Also, it is hilariously bad.

One of the most memorable scenes is a ball/dream sequence/drug-induced hallucination.  It's got some very fun fantasy ballgowns, here's some screenshots I took of the dress I semi-recreated:

I made this dress for Costume College's Gala, but I've been delaying photographing (code for: making my boyfriend photograph) this costume because I couldn't find a hairstyle that worked with it.  Today I had a Brigitte Bardot-inspire hairdo, and that actually seemed to work; so I here present the Green Labyrinth Ballgown.

The dress is made entirely of silk taffeta and is based on the Truly Victorian Romantic Era Dress pattern with some bodice alterations and the evening 'beret' sleeves - except I didn't add the tulle to keep them floppy.  I also ignored the the lower sleeves because I already couldn't really move my arms and the actress looks very inconvenienced by her sleeves.  I also shorted the neckline ruffle so it would look better with my curvier figure.


  1. How fun! I love that you combined a basically historical shape with fantasy inspiration. And that colour just makes me swoon!

    Will you be making a slightly smaller hoopskirt to wear it with? Or a tulle petticoat to imitate the movie scene?

  2. Thank you! Based on the half-second, very blurry shot that I found, I think she is wearing a cotton petticoat with two flounces, but who knows? I watched the "As the World Falls Down" scene about a billion times trying to find this actress in all the shots, but it was a real challenge (David Bowie's ridiculous glamour wasn't helping me focus, either!)

  3. Thats pretty fantastic! I love this dress and spent a week screen capping this one dress. I really Love how your dress turned out!

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