My dream dress arrived in the mail, so I had to take some detail shots of Juliette et Justine’s Robe de la mystérieuse-rêve! When I say this is my dream dress, I mean I literally wished and dreamed that some day there would be a Harry Clarke printed dress, and lo and behold! Of course Mari would come up with one.
I have juxtaposed each photo next to the original Harry Clarke illustrations, so that people can get a better look at how they have been manipulated to fit the design of the dress. Most are clipped from sections of a certain print, but the most obvious difference is the husband of Morella being much closer to her face, and the image of Egaeus in his chair is flipped.
List of illustrations:
- Ligeia and her husband (from the short story Ligeia), illustration titled “I would call aloud upon her name”. this one is front and centre, and deservedly so. It is one of the most striking images from the Illustrated Tales. The main differences here are that her halo/mandala has been completed on the dress, and the negative space has been filled with sections from Morella's illustration and a section of mountain from Landor’s Cottage.
- Morella and her husband (from the short story Morella), illustration titled “The Earth grew dark, and its figures passed by me like flitting shadows, and among them all I beheld only — Morella”. This one has been quite manipulated, so that Morella’s husband is almost cupping her face, rather than being further away. It’s interesting because it rather changes the dynamic of the illustration, but it works well for the dress.
- Egaeus (from the short story Berenice), illustration titled “It was a fearful page in the record of my existence”. A small section has been trimmed and flipped into the dress print, between Ligeia’s husband and the night revelers from the Assignation.
- The night revelers (from the short story The Assignation), illustration titled “It was the Marchessa Aphrodite - the adoration of all Venice… I had no power to move from the upright position…”. This image is from a diptych of which I’ve only included the right half.
- The mountain (from the short story Landor’s Cottage), illustration titled “The little vale into which I thus peered down…” Just a small section of the mountain is used to fill the negative space in the front (to the right of Ligeia), but I thought I would include it anyway as it’s a fairly unknown and even more rarely read (yet lovely) story from Poe’s less gruesome catalogue.
So that’s that! You’ll soon be able to find a more in-depth review of the dress itself on my blog! If you have any questions, comments, or find something else just drop me an ask. If you also have this dress feel free to message me too, I can’t wait to see coords with it!