The Art of Darkness

Red Poppy Dress

May 26th, 2010 by Cobwebs

The Bloggess in RedThe Bloggess, who routinely makes me laugh until I snort in a highly unladylike manner, recently talked about a red dress that she coveted.

I want, just once, to wear a bright red, strapless ball gown with no apologies. I want to be shocking, and vivid and wear a dress as intensely amazing as the person I so want to be. And the more I thought about it the more I realized how often we deny ourselves that red dress and all the other capricious, ridiculous, overindulgent and silly things that we desperately want but never let ourselves have because they are simply “not sensible”. Things like flying lessons, and ballet shoes, and breaking into spontaneous song, and building a train set, and crawling onto the roof just to see the stars better. Things like cartwheels and learning how to box and painting encouraging words on your body to remind yourself that you’re worth it.

And I am worth it.

And last week…?

…I got my red dress.

The whole post is worth a read, not only for the sentiment but also for more shots of the dress (modeled in a graveyard, which is a nice touch). It’s a custom-made job by Etsy seller rubypearl, and although it’s expensive (as custom ballgowns sort of tend to be), it’s certainly striking. It’d be a fantastic gown for an alternative wedding, or just a very special party.

The seller also has a blog, I Will Stab You in the Face, which includes a few photos of her past work. She seems to specialize in hand-embroidered detailing, and she turns out some lovely stuff.

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4 Responses

  1. Jenny, Bloggess Says:

    You made me blushy.

  2. xJane Says:

    I’ve had a black ball gown stashed away for Emmys and Golden Reels and such the like, but the last time I went, I saw a woman in an emerald dress that she was absolutely rocking and I thought, I love black, I love this dress, but next time, I’m going to wear something shocking. Electric blue, perhaps, or poppy red. Something that makes people look at me and wish they’d decided not to wear black again. Thank you, Bloggess, thank you Ruby Pearl, and thank you Shadow Mistress.

  3. Laura McCue Says:

    I thought I had on America’s Next Top Model. You look great in Red. I love reading your stories. Keep up the good work.

  4. Empress Pam Says:

    That dress is amazing. I have a red cocktail dress and now I want to wear it grocery shopping.

    And i NEED this ball gown.

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