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this is my Halloween costume and although the costume in itself is not haunting the story behind it is!
If you are not already familiar with the story I'm sure you would recognize the beautiful Pre-Raphaelite painting of the 'Lady of Shalott' by John William Waterhouse,completed in 1888. This painting was based on the poem by Tennyson about the lady of shallot who was condemned to only view life through a mirror, one day she saw the knight Lancelot through a mirror and turned to glance towards Camelot after which she was cursed and fled on a boat.She was found frozen to death a few days later by some knights. This painting captures that moment as she sails towards certain death.
My look is inspired by the painting and unfortunately as I don't have a boat, or any lakes nearby I improvised trying to keep certain aspects of the painting and poem such as the three candle sticks representing life (two of them blown out) ,the mirror and the tapestry of all that she saw in life through the mirror. The costume is 100% DIY including the floral crown. Hope you like it and happy Halloween!
MORE ON MY BLOG : mintmacaroons.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/the-lady-of-shalott.html