I am soooo behind schedule with this one, but I can chalk that entirely up to my own laziness. Still, I’m pleased with how this is going so far.
Fun with tailoring! I knew that the clothing on this one was going to be important. I looked into the sorts of gowns actual empresses used to wear, and found them altogether too poofy, soft, and impractical. So instead I designed my own thing drawing inspiration from men’s Prussian military uniforms. There will be brocade.
The thing hanging at her waist is an accessory women used to wear in the days before handbags called a chatelaine. You would hang little tools and things from chains so you’d have them at hand throughout the day. But one of the important things that could be carried were the keys to a household; the woman who had all the keys was the mistress of the household and literally in charge of all the comings and goings.
I’m still trying to decide if the rapier on her other hip is a good idea or not. Military might is one of the ways of enforcing power structures though, right?