Sunday, January 1, 2012

Pearl DeVere


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(Credits on Discopomp)

There is an event running January 1-8, Etheria, with jewelry designers who chose a clothing designer to work with them. I am honoured to be Lolapop!'s choice, and we chose to interpret the Painted Lady theme as a rather successful lady.



I drew my inspiration in particular from Pearl de Vere, the soiled dove of Cripple Creek, Colorado. Options were somewhat limited for a woman who went West, and many chose to capitalize on their feminine wiles in the new and exciting land of possibilities. Pearl's girls were paid well, had nice clothes, and were considered the most beautiful women in camp, from at least some of the gentlemen's opinions who frequented their services (and paid the quite high fees! At one point it was $250 to spend a night with one, at a time when $3 a day was a good wage for a miner). All good things must come to an end though, and on June 4, 1897 Pearl threw her last party- after which she overdosed on morphine taken to help her sleep. Like a number of the painted ladies at the time, Pearl's family thought that she was a dressmaker, and only found out her true profession after she died.

The DeVere sisters come in 6 colours of damask brocade, with a rigged mesh bustle skirt, and a rigged mesh bustle, to move with you. Please do try a demo of the skirts, as rigged mesh cannot be edited to fit- there are two sizes included, a slim size for the waif of an avatar, and a fluffier version for those who prefer to pad their bustles a bit more. There is an optional alpha mask that can be worn with the long skirt- it can do away with the clipping issues on more extreme (and less ladylike, tut tut) poses, but I didn't bother to wear it most of the time. The underthings have ruffles that peek out (Pearl and Hazel come with ivory, the rest with black), under the bloomers, out of the sleeves, and at the bustline- those are sculpt, and can be edited to fit your shape, and include matching lace thigh hi stockings.


(Clawtooth hair; Lassitude&Ennui boots; jewelry by Lolapop!, of course; aDORKable and Imperial Elegance poses; Schadenfreude skin, unreleased makeup and eyes)


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To go with DeVere, LolaPop! created a rose and pearl cameo set, with white or black pearls, named Cosette. Both can be found at Etheria, alongside all the other participants!

After the event, it will be at the elephant.

Discopomp, of course
Guen channeling a young McGonagall in DeVere
Acha and Jackal in DeVere and those amazing Selene boots
Desiree in DeVere for Etheria

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