When will the recreation be finished?

Back of my embroidery

I’m tentatively aiming for summer 2015… but that depends on a lot of factors. There is a lot of underwear to make, a vast sum of money to be secured to pay for the zardosis’ work, connections to be made and a lot of research to be done. I have pledged to wear the dress at the Costume College Gala Ball in Los Angeles… IF it is done in time.

However, at the risk of sounding pretentious, this is my magnum opus, my dream made real. I’m not going to rush it. Costume recreation is, for me, about the journey. It will be done when it is done, and not a moment before.

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June 28, 2014


  1. Kristi Hammer

    I wish to encourage you in the best way possible. I recreate antique quilts. The older the better. But I have not knowingly done an antebellum one. The peacock dress is so stunning. It will sparkle like a chandelier! Keep going and power to you! Have fun at costume college

    • Mimi

      Keep on going Cathy! Lots of love from Kenya.

  2. Lydia

    I hope the dress is created soon. I would love to see what it ends up looking like.

  3. Charlotte

    Looking forward in seeing your majestic work and intricacies of recreating the historical The Peacock Dress.

  4. Clair

    Wouldn’t the original Fashion house of Worth be interested in sponsoring this? If they no longer exist, some other long standing instance or design company that might be interested?
    I would think it would become something of national pride…

  5. Kasie

    I cannot wait to see the finished product. I know the recreation will be absolutely stunning!

  6. Julia

    When you finish this gorgeous gown I hope you still wear it to Costume College. Please give a heads up because I would drive down to LA and buy an entry to see you wearing it. I would be honored to see it in person. Best wishes on this continued endeavor. You have such support from your devoted fans. Hugs

  7. Melia Nebeker

    The Peacock Dress has become, for me, an epic released in serial. I am charmed by the process by which it has changed the people it has touched. I know the unfolding of current events must have made things difficult, but never lose heart and know that, whatever happens, your part in the story of The Peacock Dress is a magic part of its provenance.

    • Kim Gelvin

      Dear Cathy, I was intrigued when I found your mission. I do hope the dress is getting completed so you can have closure. If you would like to have the new dress showcased in a feature film then please be in touch. All the very best, Kim Gelvin

  8. dave wilson

    i too am looking forward to seeing you in the finished dress…coco 2021? hopefully? i saw it being worked on at costume college two years ago. thought about contributing some labor but my skill level isn’t up to the task….i’ll practice metal thread embroidery on hussar sabertaches until i get better…long live manobeir!


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