Belt Detail: Galadriel's Prolog Dress
Galadriel appears to wear the same belt with all her
dresses. Because the belt is cream.. against the other fabrics it
shows up yellowish.
- Belt is on cream silk, maybe a charmoose of light satin.
- It is embroidery with iridescent pearls and seed beads.
- Since the dress is cream silk as well... the lighting to make the
dress "white", shows it up as white on the film as well.
The Belt Pattern
Note: The same belt pattern is seen in all the belts that
Galadriel wears. However, there appears to be one with one tail and
another with two. The Casa Loma prolog dress has one tail. The
FIDM dress had two tails.
- The belt is two pieces. Approximately 3" wide... but probably
done in centimeters (since it was made in New Zeeland).
- The waist wrap
- The center tail
- The waist wrap part of the belt actually closes in back not front.
There are a set of loops on each side and small bit of rat-tail cord
is used to close them in back.
- It comes to a center front point. Fabric is just
tucked and stitched to give it a light "V" at the center front.
- This is the standard way the front pointed belts close. It
can also be seen on the back of Arwen's white dress (Weta statue)
and is assumed to be the way the Saron's belt closes.
- There is a single long tails that hangs from the center of the
belt. It reach most of the way to the floor. It is
- The belt finishes simply at the end with just a diagonal cut...
no special pattern.
Contrary to the design patterns on the rest of the
dress, the belt does not appear to be embroidered by computer.
The belt is probably a plain layer of silk 3 times the
width of the belt sandwiched with a stabilizing layer of light canvas or
There are four lines of iridescent machine stitching running
down the edges of the belt - a pair on each side. This stitching would
stabilize the fabrics for embroidery.
Once the embody is finished, the belt is removed from the
embroidery frame. The extra fabric is folded over, the raw edges turned
under and hand whip stitched closed.
The Beads Pattern
Please see the sketch below for bead placement. See
the photo for the exact spacing. Note: the iridescent throws off
what sections are raised and which are fairly flat.
As I get a chance, will add the actual bead names I can
Note: follow the labeling for the beads here over what is
listed in the scanned pattern. (Found more notes.)
Each side of the belt has a row of mini pearls. There
is a row of iridescent machine stitching on either side of the beads --
probably done before the beads were laid down.
There is a center wavy line of the same mini pearls.
These are edged on both sides with clear iridescent mini bugle beads.
There are 3 different types of swirls that decorate the
Candy cane swirl: pearescent seed beads outlined in the same
mini bugle beads that are used around the center pearls.
Lower Teardrop: A mini teardrop shaped pearl surrounded with
pearescent seed beads. Sometimes there is an extra little pearl
at the top to fill the design.
Upper Teardrop: A mini teardrop shaped pear surrounded
with the mini iridescent bugle beads.
Pattern swirls are not precisely even. They are
artistry placed... not mechanically done.
detail, without color
-- pattern and notes by Cat, from a number of
hours spent with this dress when it was shown at FIDM in 2001
Exhibit pictures throughout this section thanks to Steve J., KL,
Secrete Elf, Garfeimao, Kelldar, and Silvara
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