Just in time for Halloween... this is cross-posted from my Tumblr. Enjoy!
Loved the shoes in Marie Antoinette? Dear God, so did I.
I’m a freak for historical costume. When I think of what I could be wearing were it, say, 1750, 1860, or 1949, I get a little upset. People tell me “You can just wear costumes all the time… after all, you do live in San Francisco!” True, but I’m also a (mostly) sane individual who would like to retain her dignity and circle of friends, thank you very much. So instead of wearing corsets, hoops and seamed stockings all year round, I reserve those outfits for special occasions.
After all the Marie Antoinette hubbub caused by the eponymous 2006 film, I decided that, sooner or later, I must dress as Marie Antoinette for Halloween. That time finally came last year when I wasn’t working more than a few hours a week and was jonesing for a project. While I had no trouble making a corset, petticoat, shift and pocket hoops from scratch, shoes were another issue entirely. Nowhere (I mean nowhere) had decent Rococo shoes. I kept coming across travesties like these…
and prohibitively expensive beauties like these (from Peter Fox)…
…but could find nothing that bridged the gap of eh/cheap to OMG/expensive. I wasn’t asking for much, just a court-heeled mule with a semi-pointed toe. I could do the rest. But it just wasn’t happening. I spent an unreasonable amount of time online looking for shoes I’d only wear once or twice. What the hell was my problem? And THEN… I found them. For less than $25 on Overstock!
They had a close-to-perfect heel, and were already embellished with rhinestones. My only complaint was the presence of an ankle strap, but that would be a cinch to cut off. There was also the issue that the satin in the shoes was synthetic and therefore might not take dye as I had hoped. But no pain, no gain, right? At worst, the dye would remain on the surface, but run off the shoes if they got wet. Whatever. I wasn’t going to Wildwater Kingdom, I was having a Halloween party! Time to take one for the team!
So, armed to the teeth with a bottle of teal Rit dye, a sponge brush, a glue gun, sharp scissors, $10 of random vintage ribbons and trims from The Ribbonerie and a roll of masking tape, I transformed the above budget bridal shoes into these:
Cool, huh? And here’s a side view.
Peter Fox’s shoes are definitely more accurate, but accuracy wasn’t necessarily the goal here, and hell, I loved making them!