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Posted March 13, 2024 at 1:00 am

This post was originally shared in August 2022 on the Backstage Blog, as I worked on the development and costuming of Margot's dream at the end of chapter 2 - in retrospect, I think I was very successful with the end result! 

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Hey all! I've been really excited to dig back into the costume development I started way back in late 2021. This look will be turning up in the coming scene of the comic - a very Margot-centric end to a chapter once again~
In the mid to late 18th century, Margot was deeply entrenched in the social circles of French nobility - something that came to a, well, rather sudden end, but she had her fun while it lasted ;)

Since this costume is only showing up for a few pages, I really wanted to go all-out on capturing the silhouette and beautiful details that court outfits had in this period and location. The back of men's coats in particular are so visually striking to me, how they fall and how the embroidery creates these really clean shapes across the back!

They're so pretty...
I'm still exploring what the final product will be, but I hope to find a solid way to get floral motifs to feel appropriately... goth ;> (Not to mention, deciding what hairstyle - in all likelihood a wig - she would have worn! I don't want to get too married to her contemporary look, when fashion mores have changed so much..)
And a bonus peek at the early thumbnails for this scene before I go...

I wonder who that could be...

References & further reading:
FASHION: A History from the 18th to 20th Century from Kyoto Costume Institute (& their digital archive ) Getting Dressed in the 18th Century from Crowseye Productions The Interview with the Vampire show trailer - this one isn't wholly a reference, especially with the time period shift, but have you SEEN it! I'm sliding back into my Vampire Chronicles madness, it is time...