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I was going to dress up as a female peacock bird, but the attraction of a more ghostly, historically inspired character became overpowering in the end, and I am now a Victorian child spirit who carries her doll, Adela, on her spooky journeys.
The main dress of this costume is a 60s/70s homemade empire-waist vintage acetate wedding slip that I got in a charity shop last week. Under it I wore a long-sleeved chiffon shirt and a polyester satin top that I had converted from a nightgown some years ago.
But the quite old vintage hat, which I had fallen in love with when I first tried it on in Oxfam recently, is probably my favourite element of the costume, with its wonderful different colours and textures, and that big satin bow in the back (rather special for a top hat, I am sure?). It had been badly damaged however, with the lining and some of the sewing coming apart and the straw structure fallen in around the crown. It took me half of Tuesday to mend and restore the hat, putting in plastic foam to strengthen the structure and sewing the lining, straw base, and sweatband into place.
We shot these photos in town at Dublin Trinity College, on Halloween day.
My father and I bought Adela many years ago, and she has been the only doll I can possibly love…it is quite a mystery, is it not?
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