Formerly on display at the FIDM
exhibit! More sketches and notes appreciated (pictures are
prohibited). Also, anyone with other images of the dress from
the mall exhibits, please contact
Cherie's FIDM Exhibit Notes
The trim on the dress is beige in color
and the embroidery on it is done in silver thread.
The bodice has scattered embroidered blossoms
The skirt appeared to be slightly mottled
in color, perhaps hand-dyed. This may have been due to strange
The lower sleeves are orange, the same
color as the cloak although different fabric. The lower
sleeves are lined in a yellow/gold color. It is a bright
orange color that doesn't look so bright on the camera.
You may want to tone it down because it looks a bit silly
in normal light, at least in my opinion.
The cloak was a woven orange color, same
as sleeves, lined in yellow/gold. The weave was pretty large
There are no seams in front! The only seams
I could see were ones on each side that ran on a diagonal
from about the back of the armscythe down to the bottom
side front of the bodice. Here's a sketch of the bodice
There are no buttons on the dress [unless
there were some in the back], only the clasps for the cloak.
The bodice is not velvet.
Contrary to popular opinion, the top of
the bodice is NOT darker than the skirt. They are the same
color. It appears darker because of the contrast between
the fabric and the lighter trim. I asked about ten people
for their opinions. They all agree, it's the same color.
The upper part of the sleeves are made of
velvet, slightly darker than the rest of the dress.
The cloak has green contrast stitching on
The trim is about two inches wide except
around the neckline where it is about one inch wide. Oddly
enough, I couldn't see any places where the embroidery "joined,"
which would imply that they DIDN'T use one strip going down
the front, one strip around the waist, etc. It appeared
to be all one piece. I could be wrong on this, but to my
eye, there were no seams in the trim.
The sleeves consisted of a "lower"
orange-colored sleeve WITHOUT a point over the hand. There
is a "puff" at the top of the sleeve which is
almost completely hidden by the cloak, made of the darker
velvet. Then there is the over-sleeve made of the same fabric
as the bodice and skirt, lined in green and trimmed the
same as the dress. Here's a terrible sketch of the sleeve
There were no shoes on display, sorry!
Alas, the mannequin was
wearing the cloak, so I couldn't see the back of the dress
I believe the bodice was the same
fabric as the skirt, although I could see a very faint pattern
dyed on the bodice and could not see the same pattern on
the skirt. However, the skirt was in bad lighting and I
couldn't see it very well. Additionally, the bodice had
those scattered blossoms embroidered on it and the skirt
did not. I couldn't tell what kind of fabric it was, but
it was pretty thin and light, not like velvet at all. I
would say that it may have had a bit of stretch to it because
the front had no seams, yet it fit over the bust pretty
smoothly. The fabric was not shiny at all, so maybe just
a stretch cotton, perhaps a light twill?
Sketch by Philo