At last I can share some images of my costumes for my “La Finta Semplice” photos. The opera “La Finta Semplice” was written by a 12 year old Mozart, and is a broad comedy in the style of “South Park” or “Family Guy”. The story is about a family with two brother and one younger sister. The sister, Giacinta, wants to get married but cannot until the eldest brother has, and he has vowed to “remain as virginal as the day he was born”. So Giacinta and her fiancee bring Rosina, a shrewd woman, to pretend to be a moron. When the eldest brother sees how over-awed she is by his “intellect” she will gain the family fortune and Giacinta and her true-love can marry.
In the end Giacinta and the maid steal the family fortune and run off into the woods with the boys following them, vowing the men can marry any girl they catch. That is the scene I chose to illustrate through photography.
Both Ninetta, the maid, and Giacinta, the lady, wear dresses made from the same patterns, but they look totally different. They were portrayed by sisters, and rockers from the band “Hello My Name Is“, Chantell and Cortney Bury.
A while back I was hired to create a rococo dress for a lady who had a small budget. We discussed the options, and settled on creating an understated look based off of Liv Tyler’s costume in the film “Plunkett and Macleane”.
A few years after receiving the garment, she asked me to make some alterations, and so she sent it back to me. It was during this small window where I was both available to shoot, had a costume and found models (it was seriously about a 24 hour window), and the owner of the dress graciously allowed us to use it! This dress was used for Giacinta, the sister with the intrigues.
This green silk dress was made with a blue skirt for the client. I used an ivory one in the final image because it was more appropriate to my color scheme, and I didn’t have a blue skirt. The bodice is made of randomly folded silk, and has gathered silk details along the edges of the stomacher.
The garment’s sole design feature were the random pleats. There are no other little details.
This dress was made from a Simplicity 4092 pattern with only slight changes. For example, the sleeves come from Simplicity 3637, since the first patterns’ sleeves are unattractive.
I also altered it to close in the front instead of the back. I think the final product is very lovely.
I also made a dress for the maid, Ninetta, with my apprentice, Catey. I wanted the maid’s dress to have a orb shaped skirt — a skirt that is wider in the middle, at the knees, than it is at the hip or ankle.
I made the skirt out of silk, and I think it is really cute, and I love the weird shape.
The dress was made very simply, just like Giacinta’s with the same two patterns, but with even less adornment. The skirt isn’t formally bustled, it’s just sort of pinned to hold it into place.
Looking at these two dresses you can see how the same two Simplicity patterns (4092 and 3637) can be used to create entirely different looks.
The Rockin’ TJ Ranch in Bozeman was kind enough to let us use their property for the photoshoot. This event center has a beautiful and meticulously manicured property. If you ever need to hold an event in Bozeman, MT, this is the place for it. They also have a farmer’s market in the summer every Monday.
I hope you enjoyed taking a look at these two dresses!