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Lord of the Rings
Arwen Undomiel
Year Completed:
Construction Difficulty:
Workmanship award; 3rd place Presentation
Costume worn at:
Ad-Astra 2006
Ad-Astra 2005
Costume Con 2008
Toronto Trek 2004
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
The underdress is ankle-length and made from inexpensive black satin. The overdress and lower sleeves are silk/rayon velvet and I hand-painted the paisley patterns for the upper sleeves and neckline since I couldn't find fabric that looked right. I hand-sewed the lining to the sleeves (there's a lot of sleeve!) as I discovered that sewing velvet to satin on a machine is impossible. The trim is Indian zardosi (embroidery and wirework) on a gray mesh base, which I coloured with markers as it stood out too much. The trim's still a bit too bright, but there isn't a lot I can do about that.
Personal Thoughts:
When I saw this dress in early trailers and promotional material for the LOTR trilogy, I knew I was in love. I waited patiently as more pictures of it trickled out, and then expected to see it in Fellowship. It wasn't in Fellowship. Then I thought maybe it had been cut from the movie, and waited for the extended DVD. It wasn't on the DVD. It was then used on promotional material for The Two Towers....and wasn't in that movie or DVD either. *sigh* Luckily the dress was indeed in Return of the King, and I was able to finish it just in time for the Masquerade at the Gathering and then wear it to the premiere of ROTK.
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