I’ve been keeping the photos of the custom Kambriel gown created in celebration of Catherynne M. Valente’s multiple Hugo award nominations, including one for “Silently and Very Fast” under wraps so she could premiere it the night of the awards, but now I can finally share!
The inspiration was a Space Princess ~ fittingly inspired by her book, combining both Italian & Japanese elements. In these photos, the gown appears to be all black and silver, but actually the glittery Italian scrollwork velvet used in two tiers of the skirt ruffles is filled with an Aurora Borealis iridescence of rainbow hues which reflect the light as it moves in person.
Blurry, but shows the velvet’s shimmering multi-hued Aurora effect:
Kimono-esque, dramatically flared sleeves made from sheer metallic Japanese mesh:
Like starlight in a blackened sky:
And best of all ~ Cat in the gown, looking absolutely radiant at the 2012 Hugos.
Edit: ~ And she won w/SF Squeecast! So did this lovely & sinister gent named Neil for “The Doctor’s Wife”… :)