Arwen's Mourning Dress
Arwen's Mourning Gown Index
Midnight blue silk velvet gown that is reminiscent of a human cotehardie mixed with elven styles. Wider and deeper neckline than most. A curved "V" neck. It opens at center with a triangle wedge of bright red fabric. A number of buttons run down the front. Red sash belt, Wide elven sleeves.
Gown is quite fitted in the upper torso. The row of small gold buttons (11) goes down the front stopping at a low pointed waist. This is fake front (confirmed) so there will be an invisible zipper in the back. The gown has about a two foot train and lots of fabric pools around the sides and back. It is much wider than the BR dress. It either has large gores or the skirt is cut separately like the prolog dress using the shaping of an umbrella skirt. (The placement of the belt, adds some credence to it's construction without gores theory.)
Dead center there is a bright splash of red. It is a gap where the dress opens even further. This red fabrics looks to be modern stretch in photo, however, in person it is a soft red silk, aged heavily. Fabric guestimate is silk satin chamoose. Matches the belt.
Neck edge trimming looks to be about 2 1/2 inches wide and made from heavy gold bullion trim that is on a red background. The top edge has been turned under
The fitted sleeves are narrow on top. There is a wide band of the neckline trim on the upper arm. The straight edge is on the upper side Below the band, they widen out, much like the Blood Red dress. The sleeves also appear to be dark blue velvet
There is a red sash (about 2" wide). It is knotted at the low "V" of the waist and the ends drop below her knees. It is a mid-weight fabric - silk satin chamoose. The tails of this can be seen blowing in the wind in the movie. When the sash isn't positioned perfectly, you can see the seam between the bodice and the skirt.
She also wears a long shear veil of blue-black silk chiffon. It is a long rounded rectangle that hang down to at least mid-thigh in back.
The veil is held on with a solid, golden colored band, square edged. The crown is about an 1 1/2" wide at the front. It comes to a point. There is a motif imprinted into the center section. It is the white tree of Gondor. The pattern extends down the side. It narrows down into a band between 3/4 of an inch for the rest of it. There is some sort of flower/vine/leaf pattern on it.
She is seen wearing a long, hooded dark cloak in the woods in the tail of this scene. It appears to be velvet. Hood may be "Kilsdale" type. Some spec that it is a mantle (hoodless) and what we are seeing is her hair. Other spec is that it is her Midnight cloak.
This sleeve is not nearly as full as most of the elven sleeves. It is bag lined in navy silk.
Sash and waist detail
There are 11 antique gold buttons.
As with many of the dresses, the hem is just cut off and finished. This one is
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This page was last updated 04/22/08