Cagin’s Ardma dress is a project I have been working on since April of 2012. It has stayed on the dress form all the while, leering at me. I consider this a rough prototype. I did the dress in stages and I let the it be a pallet for any design ideas that would come to me. Several months later, I had a finished gown.
I named this Cagin’s Ardma gown because the action leads her to go to study in the great monastic city and capitol of Nua Marcail. It is home to the high king of whom she serves. By the time she is wearing this gown, she is already Chieftess of a new Chrysaint, one nation where Chrysaintians and Garlachs live in peace once again. The belt beares the symbol of the Garlach people, a Celtic swan and the Chrysaintian sigil of the marigold- a flower that grows in Chrysaint’s Marcail Fields. The embroidery has many flowers in it, one of which is in the shape of a Trinity, which shows her devotoin to her faith. She is wearing a deep green to symbolize the fields becoming green again after a year of drought. It also symbolizes Cagin’s rebirth of being both a queen and soon to-be-wife. This gown is far more ornate than many of her other gowns. As such, she wears this gown in Ardma, when many festivities require her to look her most regal.
In June of 2013, I added a silver corset with boning. It is modeled after the Bilaut hip belt. It is sometimes called a stomacher or corsage. It was the early style corset but had no boning. It was usually made of silk. It creates a contrast, creating the illusion of sliming the waist.
All Photos by Dana Elise