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13 April 2013

Gowns Fit For Queens!




I don't know about you all, but I still love all things Queens and Princesses.  Today, I spent a good part of the afternoon at the LSU Museum of Art in complete wonderment over the Suzanne Perron exhibit.  Ms. Perron is a dressmaker, artist, designer extraordinaire who lives in New Orleans and designs gowns for debutantes, carnival queens and maids, as well as wedding gowns.  Since I have no access to the grand carnival balls in New Orleans, I have only seen some of these gowns in the pages of  (what's left of) the New Orleans paper.  So, when this exhibit was announced, I knew I had to see it!

LSU Museum of Art

 Preceding this exhibit, I purchased her book, Designing in Ivory and White, which gives a glimpse into the extraordinary work and detail that go into these gowns.  Each is a work of art, and one can only wonder as to the fortune paid for each one!

I hope those of you who appreciate dressmaking and artistry (and queens, princesses and brides) will enjoy these photos.  I took many, many more and it was difficult choosing which ones to include here!  





Gown worn by the 2012 Queen of Carnival (the queen of carnival's gown is always gold) at the Rex Ball:






Gown worn by the 2013 Queen of Mithras:



Gown worn by the 2013 Hermes Queen:




Gown worn by the 2013 Queen of Carnival at the Rex Ball:





A future post will include the wedding gowns on display, as well as some of the actual sketches!
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29 comments:

  1. I can't believe these gowns! What a treat to look at your good photos, and it must have been a joy to see them in person.

    I grew up reading Frances Parkinson Keyes books about New Orleans and stories of the fortunate young women who were destined since birth to be part of the balls. It always seemed so mysterious and of another world to me. And to think that it still goes on today! Lovely post!

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  2. Oh my word!! Those are truly works of art.

    Judy

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  3. What lovely gowns! They are beautiful!

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  4. Wow! These are gorgeous!!!! It would be hard to choose.


    Super to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  5. Ditto Dewena up there. I fell in love with the pageantry through books. These are true works of art. Who owns the gowns after the balls?

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  6. Nancy- Wow! Those are just breathtaking. Just amazing works of art. Blessings- xo Diana

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  7. The gowns are gorgeous...beautiful details and photos.

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  8. Absolutely stunning-thanks for sharing.

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  9. Absolutely exquisite! Your photos are just lovely.
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  10. Oh, Nancy. I do enjoy seeing these incredible dresses and the fine details that went into making them. Wow - I cannot wait to see the rest of the gorgeous dresses!!

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  11. These are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Susan @ throughmyporchwindow.blogspot.com

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  12. Hi Nancy! OH, the gowns are so beautiful and I'm just amazed at all of the detail and trims! I know you had a wonderful time snapping them for us.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  13. Exquisite details!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  14. What a stunning exhibit this must be. I would be drooling looking at the materials and design elements.

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  15. Such beauty, thanks for sharing this with us.

    Cynthia

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  16. So beautiful! From one retired principal to another...Princesses and Queens have been a part of my world since childhood. Marie

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  17. Oh my goodness. They are all totally amazing. Thanks for sharing. Thanks also for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  18. Nancy, thank you for taking us along and sharing this amazing exhibit. Who wouldn't admire the design and handwork that goes into creating these incredible works of art. And no, I can't begin to imagine the thousands of $$$ that these must cost. I look forward to seeing more of Suzzane Perron's work.

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  19. How absolutely stunning! I wish I could have seen them up close! You're very lucky! Thankyou for sharing :)
    Jennelise

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  20. Thanks so much for sharing those fabulous photos of the dresses that are truly works of art. That was so much fun to see...almost worth a trip down to Baton Rouge to see it in person. I can't wait to see the wedding gowns too.

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  21. Spectacular. I can't help but wonder how heavy these are to wear.

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  22. Wow! These gowns are simply stunning! I thought I could pick one, but I'm at a loss for words. Thank you so much for sharing this fairy tale with us!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  23. Absolutely breathtaking, every one!
    Karee

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  24. You did a fantastic job photographing these gowns! I know from experience that's not easy with all the sparkle from the beads and sequins. Nicely done!

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  25. Nice work on the dresses. It’s result of the great efforts and showing the experience of the designers.
    wedding venue essex

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