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Atocha

Atocha

Our designer has a big love for history as can be seen in the collection. For this look the inspiration was the shipwreck of the Spanish Galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha, that sank in 1622 for the coast of Florida Keys. A pendant that is made from a silver bar that was recovered from the wreck is added to the back of this piece.

A certificate with information will be added by Elegant Curiosities (certificate shipwreck treasures M. Fisher Bar number: 85A-S641 Manifest Nr: 4402).

For this piece our designer combined different pieces of black lace and the closure is adjustable with bronze alloy chains. This look is adorned with filigree ornaments to which our designer added 24k gold and sterling silver hand plated details.
The garnets on this piece are set in sterling silver prong settings. You will also find garnet cabochons and many freshwater pearls, sterling silver beads and some antique garnet beads that date back to ca 1880.

The headdress is made with synthetic black hair and is also adorned with filigree ornaments that have 24k hand gilded and sterling silver plated details, garnets set in sterling silver and freshwater pearls. A matching wig styled by the designer is available with this piece.
Also matching earrings are included with this look.

The pasties have a backing that already has a layer of skin glue. After wearing this piece, a new layer of skin glue needs to be added (this will be added with the piece).

The skirt is made of a flowy polyester fabric with silky look.

Included with his look: *Top *Skirt *Gloves *Headdress *Wig *Earrings *Pasties

About the collection

The pieces are designed for anyone who wants to express their femininity, people who want to stand out in something luxurious, unique and exclusive. Every piece of clothing is also a piece of jewellery. Just a few examples of what you can find on her designs: historical remnants, 24k hand gilded and silver-plated details, gemstones, freshwater pearls, sterling silver and 14k gold. All to give you the feeling that you are not just wearing a piece of clothing, but a jewel with its own story and inspiration.

Designer: Laila Verseput / Elegant Curiosities
Model: @Licka_Lolly
Photograpy: Laurens van Riel
Intern Coupeuse (skirts): Julia Eliene Vos
Music Production Showcase: Robin Post & HermanusArtisticus

Why is my collection black?

I personally wear black about 90% of the time as it looks classy and stylish, but there is a deeper meaning to the color and for that we have to look into history.

In the Roman times and Middle ages black was associated with authority and dignity. Later in the 13th century the color black was associated with sinister and death, for example black animals like cats and crows were considered evil.

Black was an extremely expensive color to produce and was mostly made from bark, roots, and fruits, however most were bluish, grayish, or brown in tone. The best way to get black dye was to use Oak apples. These are very small so you need an extremely huge amount to get a little bit of dye.

In the 14th century black clothing became popular. At the time, mostly in Italy, there were rules that wouldn’t allow you to wear certain colors, if you were not in the high ranks of society. Wealthy people without ranks wanted to stand out too and there was no law on the expensive color black. This way they could still show their wealth, and so the demand for black fabric grew and with that did the skills of the dyers.

Beautiful black clothing did not go unnoticed by society. The color was so dark and elegant that the nobility classes of Europe took to wearing black. At the end of the 14th century, foreign kings and princes took interest in black clothing. So, black became the color of choice for noble young men for centuries.

My love for history and luxury made me choose this color for my collection.