Misc Female Elves
Female Elves Index
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These are just some standard items noticed in the elf women's dresses.
Remember these are just educated guesses from studying the materials.
Necklines: either soft deep scoops or high collared (like the
men's) and open to bust line.
Waist lines: are not directly at the waist. Either
belted with a front point, often with long ties reaching past the knees or
the wide obi belt that starts at varying distances underneath the bust with
wide, long ribbons down the front. (more research here)
Sleeves: mostly a 2 part pattern
Top sleeve is narrow and often inset into the shoulder.
Sleeve piece ends just above the elbow, sometimes is slanted so it reaches
down the elbow on the outside.
Bottom sleeve is most often...
Very wide (still working on the pattern shape)
or, sleeve is split and drapes down (also don't have the
Length of lower sleeve: very long, not only covering
fingers but in extreme cases reaches most of the way to the floor.
Most time the sleeve is just pushed back if the women need to reach or carry
anything. That adds to the soft drape.
Hems: very long to flow, dragging or actually trained in the
Dress shapes: (still working on standard)
Sheer beaded dress appears to have no seaming across the
sides. Assume there are triangular gores in the side seams and maybe
the back to widen the dress, but unknown.
Moderate and heavy weight fabric dress are shaped with
princess seams that run from the shoulders.
The female elves are very tall and willowy. Those
that we have seen are neither busty or hippy. The patterning in some
cases reflect handling minimal curves.
Little note for the FOTR: Art book... as time
got short, optional dresses were make up for a character. If the main
character didn't wear then, an extra did. So, there's
a good chance that's why these are so beautiful.
Light yellow lace gown is
fitted by a wrap of fabric pulled to shape it across the bust to hip.
Single silver fastening at the neck. Embroidered and beaded golden
yellow belt with center point down is attached between the bodice and skirt.
The sleeve appears to be the standard two part sleeve, with the wide circle at
Cloak appears to
be crushed velvet and mustard colored, but hard to tell.
The dress shows up in the far background in the farewell to the fellowship in
Lothlorien. The cloak there appears to be more like the other elven
cloaks... so it's hard to tell if this is the same cloak just shoved out of the
way to show the cloak.
- Casa Loma exhibit pictures
We've thought that it was worn by elf extra in the Rivendell farewell scene by one of the women
standing behind Arwen. (Extended DVD only), but the sleeves don't
look quite right.
- Leaf collar - Casa Loma exhibit
||Preliminary on sleeve design
The dress looks like full quarter panels for each bit of the dress
The pattern is again relying on the thin stick like figure of the elves to
fit the dress. There are no bust darts and the belt looks just like it's
holding fabric in, not hiding a seam... so the pattern shapes are probably
just flares on on the side. The dress is long in back and comes up
about 8-12 inches in front with a soft curve.
There are 14 or 15 little copper or dark brass buttons. They may
just be decorations and there really is an invisible zipper under.
The dress looks to me made from yellow-gold silk velvet imprinted with
designs. The collar is actually quilted into a leaf design. It
is hard to tell from just one picture if the collar is made from the same
fabric. It appears to have a bit more of a satin sheen. It
even could be the same fabric as the belt.
The belt fabric is indeterminate... but softer than velvet. (Note
how it folds.) Look at the detailing of the little charm hanging off
the center of the belt. The belt ends are frayed and finished with
what looks like gold wrapping or stitching.
Sleeves are open underneath and are attached at the top. Liz's drawing of
long ovals looks very close... but feel free to try examples
There is an ultra shear under dress just
visible on the out the sleeves and under thin silk velvet skirt. The
dress is slightly fuller in front than the over-dress. The sheer is
variegated, basically looks like a diagonal stripe.
- Arwen with 4 elves - 2 women in gold/yellow - men blue & maroon
- In foreground, 3 1/2
- med 4 shot,
- Can see more of the lady behind Arwen.
We believe the silver over darker-silver outfit with mandarin collar
is at the extreme left on the bridge as the Fellowship is leaving
Lothlorien in the boats. The scenes are mostly blue and hazy so it's
hard to confirm that.
- Photos from Casa Loma
Yes, there's been question of if this is male or female... but we
think we've spotted it on a lady and are keeping it here.
|Silver Extra's dress
- Outer dress constructed of
silver-white fabric of moderate weight. Trained. 5 silver button down front.
Sleeves reach almost to the ground. Trained. Overdress is closed until the
waist. Soft underskirt is white with silver beads in an abstract
pattern. Fabric for outer dress is the same as Arwen’s Angel dress.
- Construction Note: some
seams can be seen in this picture.
- Note: Style on this one
(high neck, etc) may be male.... so find picture proof folks!
Progression of pictures of Sam and Frodo watching the elves leave - from
extended screen caps
Closer shot, cloaked figures
Escorting the horse (partial tree block)
Escorting the horse
- Elf girls romping - green and white dresses - trailer
- Presentation of Gifts - backs of fellowship
- Elf girls saying farewell from bridge - blue
Elves at play
- Another blue dress, w/
pattern and cloak
- Goldberry, facing away - Decipher Card
Apparently this costume is an Arwen gown that was not used in the
Middle Earth Jewelry
- Authorized jewelry "in the style of" LOTR
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