My New Dressing Room: Part 3
So, my dressing room / walk in wardrobe is taking shape nicely but now to finish it off.
Its time to accessorise! Thats always the fun bit.
I love looking at clothes as art and many of my Ewa I Walla dresses are displayed in prominent positions around Swedish Interior Design HQ. Some on mannequins , others hung and dressed with flowers , lace and other ideas.
In the corner of my dressing room, I have placed the silk and ermine dress and hooded silk cloak that I designed for my wedding in Sweden to Jo on 2006…. what a beautiful affair that was, married in December outside by a preacher in a wolfskin coat in the glittering winter frost & the freezing night air lit by burning braziers surrounded by friends and family.
The venue was a wonderful 16th swedish mansion house called Dufweholm near Katrinholm in Sweden.
I arrived in the grounds upon an old Swedish horse and carriage.
It was the night of Santa Lucia ( Swedish Festival of lights) so my cousin’s children led the precession as they sung dressed in white robes, garlanded with crowns of candles around their heads .. what memories … so why fold my wedding dress away in the dark so noone ever sees it.
I have placed it in prime spot of my dressing room so as you walk in through the door it’s the first thing you see. I even added a pair of feathered angel wings at the back for fun and roses within my mannequin arms ..
Next in the centre of the ceiling I placed an old Victorian hoop skirt, known as a Crinoline, hanging regally above the room.
Crinoline was originally a stiff fabric with a weft of horse hair and a warp of cotton or linen thread. The fabric first appeared around 1830, but by 1850 it came to be known as a stiffened petticoat or rigid skirt-shaped structure of steel designed to support the skirts of a woman’s dress into the required shape.
I found this one on eBay after endless searching for the right one.I love to look up from my settle in the dressing room and see it suspended there and I wonder often wonder about the history of its previous owners.
To light the room we have 2 antique swedish gustavian chandeliers.
Here is the picture of me on my wedding day arriving by carriage….. I wore my mother in laws ermine hand warmers and her ermine hat … I used lots of vintage fabrics within my dress too
It really was a wonderful, magical day.
Madeleine Lee is Creative Director of Swedish Interior Design