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Phantom of the Opera Mirror/Lair ensemble, FILM by AriaCouture Phantom of the Opera Mirror/Lair ensemble, FILM by AriaCouture
Sequined, fully-boned brocade Victorian corset over a lace chemise and lace skirt. Cotton gauze robe trimmed with sequined lace and organza rosettes.

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silvercherriz Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! :)
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DarkSxKitten Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You've been featured here [link]
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DarthxErik Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student General Artist
wow... WOW!
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AriaCouture Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks! I obsessively researched and did my best to copy even the number of hooks and eyes on the front of the corset (it did NOT use a busk!). The recipient was thrilled!
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DevonBell Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
If ever I have this costume remade, I am going through you! It's GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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AriaCouture Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Artist
Thank you! I obsessed over all the details. Tons of hand-detailing in this one to get it just right, tons of time with sequins and trying different rosettes. It's not inexpensive, but I think my pricing is fair for as much time as I spend on everything I do aiming for perfection. :)
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DevonBell Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, I agree, I think pricing is very fair considering all the detail work that went into it! It's just beautiful! :-)
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AriaCouture Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Artist
It seems, with the popularity of Project Runway, a lot more people think it's quick to make things without realizing that the people in that show not only have many years of experience, but the judging is on the outer side without taking a look at raw edges on the inside, plus the contestants are working almost non-stop. Combine that with it all being edited to fit on an hour and more seamstresses and designers are being told we're charging too much for things. Never mind the cost of some of my machines are in the 4 figures.

It's always nice to have the time and experience it takes be appreciated. I have a client who was so convinced I'm undercharging that she added $500 to the money order she sent (for which I'm adding a corset to go under the gown she ordered since it's Edwardian), and another who refused to take a discount (I offer one for police officers) and he said he wouldn't feel right taking a discount when he feels he's already getting a bargain. I really have wonderful clients, and many become personal friends, which I love!
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DevonBell Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
OMG...wow, an extra $500?!!! That's wonderful!!! Must have made you feel really good about your work. :-) Your costumes are exquisite. I hope I can have one made by you sometime in the near future! :-)
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AriaCouture Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Artist
It feels really good to have my time valued and what I do appreciated. :) My schedule is usually filled months in advance, but I'd love to make something for you sometime, even better if it's Phantom-related! My next Phantom thing planned is a Masquerade gown (stage version) for my pint-sized pixie who is obsessed! See? :D [link]
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