Arwen's Arch Dress
(Also once know as the "Blue Lace Dress")
This dress is not seen in the original LOTR: FOTR movie. However,
the Visual Companion introduces Arwen standing in a moonlit arch in a
beautiful light lavender dress with pale pink lining.
Since original identification we have discovered that this dress is the
same as the bright blue dress with sharp pink lining.
There were no pictures off the set of the dress... or so we though
until Jen spotted some similarities to the "blue lace" dress. What
then proceeded was a fun week of research by many members of the group.
It included everything from much staring at photo. to taking the pics
into Photoshop, to info on color processing... to eventually finding
just the right progression of photos to "prove" the dresses are the
We'll list the beginning and the end here, but if you want
more details of the chase you can read them in the Yahoo archive.
This photo had had major color correction done on it. The base
picture (on the right) was adjusted until the back brick wall was almost
white. That leaves a very luminescent blue glowing dress with pink
The right side is adjusted close to the color of the dress in
the "arch" photographs. Basically, upped the read and Magenta as
far as I could go, added some yellow, took the saturation down and
lightened it a bit. It's not perfect, but it's much closer to what
we see in the arch. Also, interestingly the yellow belt barely
The real key to these dresses being the same is not just the they are
the same pattern (because the elf dresses are rather close), but the
progression of the photos as the dress lightened. We see a belt added
and we see the same color progression changes on Elrond. It's
amazing what you can find when you look backwards. Take the time to look at
the photos again... and see what your eye missed the first 18 times we all
looked at the pics. Here, in color progression... it's obvious.
- Starting from the arch
- the famous shot, no belt
showing, but a good chance
there's a waist seam
- definitely the "Arch"
dress, but note, she "might"
be belted here and what Elrond
is wearing (and the color of
his robe - grey-mauve)
- The dress has gone from
lavender to periwinkle. Note
is definitely belted and the
belt is yellow. Note how the
behaves. That's a very unique
action for a fabric.
- the smoking gun, when in
the right order. Bluer than
periwinkle, but neck trim
makes it obviously the "blue"
dress. Elrond is wearing the
identical outfit. (It's the
only one with that weird
turtle neck.) Note how
the color on his robe has
changed from mauve to the
it is now. Purple was heavily
added to the scene. Go back
at the first pictures...
everything has a
magenta/purple cast to it
to soften it. With a bit
of the autumn yellow tone that
all of Rivendell has.
- here's the dress now light
blue, look at the training
fabric and the
sleeves, same action as arch
- Jen's great original spec starting the whole thing...
--- and now all the details
- Arwen by herself in the
arch, twisted backwards
- Same picture, non color
- Full shot of the room
- Elrond and Arwen, full shot
of room, side and a bit of the
- BtS, Arwen getting scrip
notes from PJ
|Color as original photographed... but
based on background picture is probably a little blue
||Color looks a lot more like the filmed
dress, note wall, too red. (Best resolution, checkout fabric)
||Side view of the dress, too red.
|CU of the blue dress, note embroidery
||Another example of the embroidery, see
||Belt detail. Strings of gold/yellow
- Casa Loma exhibit
- Two shot of Arwen and Elrond, posed - sticker picture
- With PJ, Bts
- The Sword Reborn - topps card - Elrond and Arwen
Comments on the fabric:
Originally it has been discussed that the blue might be lace, or gauze
or something metallic. It's depended on which version.
Here's the latest guess about it being crushed silk taffeta or
lightweight Pongé silk
close if not there.
- Crushed silk taffeta
- Pongé silk
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