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OK, I looove this episode. I have a feeling it will be my favorite for many reasons: pet tents, huge tea cups, a fabulous wig, a dress made out of bedspreads, and of course, Babydoll Glamourlou. Yes, that is the name of Christine's dog. And yes, they wear matching outfits. Say no more. This was a fun, fabulous project that we really sunk our teeth into (we had to, with only three days) and came up with what I think is the most fantastic image of the whole season -- Marie Antoinette arriving at her event in a horse and carriage through the New York City traffic.
This outfit was a tough one to get started, since the materials were hard to find. But once we had them, it was full speed ahead into 18th century France! I must mention the incredible talents of Alex Bartlett especially in this episode even though everyone brought their A-game. Alex hit it out of the park with an extremely complicated, boned and fitted bodice that was absolute perfection (and made in a very short amount of time). What a wizard! Christine also stepped up to the plate with her harlequin-patchwork front panel of the skirt, made from metallic gold python leather and brocade. All things added together, a head to toe showstopper!
We all met Christine's little dog on this episode, which she talks about constantly as her "dog daughter." Wait until next week's episode when Babydoll makes another costumed guest appearance. Unbelievable. I think we all learned that maybe my shop is not the best place to bring a little dog, unless you want it to accidentally end up in a wig. But Christine is Christine, and a big part of that is her dog obsession. We all have our little quirks. I was a little worried about our client, Tracy Stern, who was shy (at first), but turned out to have a wild side that she was hiding from the world. Once she donned that magical Marie Antoinette dress, she was transformed like Cinderella and ready for the ball. Her confidence level went through the roof, and even though they didn't show it, she was my only client this season who actually cried when she had on the final outfit. I guess that makes me some sort of a fairy godmother. A title I don't mind in the least.
See you soon,