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THE INNOCENT LIBERTINE by SheelaGoh THE INNOCENT LIBERTINE by SheelaGoh
Presenting my interpretation of Colette's literary masterpiece, The Innocent Libertine.

This textile rendition of the ingenue Minne is a flirty ensemble of Lolita pinks, Virginal Whites and the glint of Lame.

A Vintage Pink Satin Camisole with a Sheer Stretch Chiffon back has been lavishly adorned with Antique 1900 Edwardian Sequinned Flowers on the bodice, all securely tacked onto a Pure Silk Black Net backing. Cheekily drawing attention to the décolletage is a delicately tattered ruffled trim fashioned from Cotton netting (salvaged from an Antique French Edwardian piece) combined with what used to be an Antique Crocheted Collar in Ecru.

That scrumptious ragdoll skirt is truly dandy eye candy.

Over a hand-dyed underlying skirt cut from a Vintage Slip, just some of those delicious cake layers are an exquisite Pure Silk Scarf with embroidery, a variety of Venetian Satin Laces, Antique Trims, glistening Pink Bronze Lame Ribbons and a single Antique Art Deco Passementarie Lace Crochet Appliqué with Corded Silk Crepe. You see those amazing glimmers of Lame? Those are FANTABULOUS Salvaged Flapper Dress Remnants in the most delectable hues of Black, Gold and a touch of Nude. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous.

Edges have been intentionally left raw for a sweetly dishevelled look.

Straps are further accented with more Flapper Dress Remnants, Black Stretch Lace and that same French Edwardian Cotton Netting.

* VITAL STATS *

Bust - up to 32"
Waist - up to 28" (there's stretch in the back panel)
Hips - free
Length - 36" from tops of straps to longest drape of layered skirt.

IMPORTANT - most garments are somewhat adjustable to fit you, i.e., made slightly larger or slightly smaller. Otherwise, a special piece can always be dreamt up just for you :)

~ part of the *MATA HARI* 2009 Collection ~

All fabrics and findings used in Sheela Goh Couture designs (unless indicated otherwise) are antique and over 100 years old. In fact, some bits are authentic Edwardian and Victorian. Seriously. So please, do wear her with care and respect.

OOAK.
Dry Clean only please.
Stitched entirely by hand, with needle and thread.

©2009 Sheela Goh (that means absolutely NO copying of my work or my style of writing, thanks very much).
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GiNgErPaNdErZ Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
DO. WANT.
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LiveForLife5021 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow, This is really amazing!
Personally i would love to buy this for myself but i imagine that i have absolutely no money and your probably not selling so i will now cry myself to sleep at night.
Sad face.
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Meggie-Leigh Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I really love This. I would love to own something like this or this itself. :D
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DarkNightSunrise Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
this is the best ever i want it soooo bad
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soft-est Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
it's supremely beautiful, in a wayward, sick-love kind of way.
i love it. i love it so much.
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SheelaGoh Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
I like that - in a wayward, sick love sort of way!! Thank you so much. I consider that to be a truly awesome compliment. xoxoxo
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zombie-cupcake378 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
its exquisite,
glad to see another seamstress who works by hand do beautiful work :)
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SheelaGoh Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Oh!!
You also use needle and thread to stitch?
Well done, and thank YOU!


xoxoxoxo
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zombie-cupcake378 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
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SheelaGoh Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
xoxoxoxo
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cleo-danny Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
This dress is SO amazing. *.*
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SheelaGoh Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Thanks SO much :)
It's on my other Atelier, www.SheelaGoh,etsy.com, if you want to take a look :)


xoxoxoxoxo
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cleo-danny Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
I will ;)
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SheelaGoh Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Coolios xoxoxo
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Jamoomers Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is absolutely stunning! I think it's the one dress that I would get over all others. If I could only have one dress, this would be it! I wish taht I could buy it!

I'm going into fashion myself and I look to you as an inspiration as well as an example. I love the one-of-a-kind aspect of your pieces, and the gorgeous antique and vintage components. I hope taht, one day, I can come close to being as talented as you are!
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SheelaGoh Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
I think that is quite possibly one of the very nicest things anyone has ever said to me. Thank you so very much. Please don't think too badly of me for taking this long to write. Being a tech klutz, I'd completely allowed my DA account to expire without realising it at all. I'm quite certain you'll do very well, do you know why? Because your passion for your craft is clearly evident through your words, and that's a pivotal criteria to achieving any measure of success in all fields. I'll be visiting your gallery often :)


Much love,
Sheela
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Jamoomers Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for the sweet words! Don't worry about taking a long time. I'm on and off with deviantART myself.

I'm starting to kick my fashion passion into high gear now. Making lots of sketches and experimenting.

I will always continue to look to you and your work as inspiration.
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SheelaGoh Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
You're awesome.
I hope all is well with you.


xoxoxoxo
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Jamoomers Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! Everything is fine. Starting to do a little more "found object" jewelry so I should have some new pieces up in the next few weeks. Thanks for stopping by! I love the new stuff.
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SheelaGoh Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
That sounds lovely, you must share!!! HUGS
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FuckYaDaughter Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
wow great work it s so beautiful^^ i wish i could buy it somewhere^^
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SheelaGoh Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
LOL you absolutely can! On [link], this particular dress has been sold to Courtney Love though but I do have some other pieces in the store and and and, I've just kickstarted a MidSummer Sale :)


xo Sheela xo
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EssiesJewels Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
gorgeous. i adore the cute diff in the sleevy bits and the black coming over the buste area :)
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SheelaGoh Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
Me too, that Black Sequinned Flower Applique is true authentic Edwardian era, I held it very gingerly as I used it, which was silly because it may be super old but it's super sturdy :)
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EssiesJewels Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
giggle :) i can still understand though...
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KrystalTrinity Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
O_O That is like, the most gorgeous dress everrrr!! :O
And hand stitched? amazing...
You are my hero XD
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SheelaGoh Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Yeah, machines scare me :(
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OibyrdsDDs Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Hi There :wave:
I have featured your deviation in my recent journal :) You can view it at the link below:

[link]

If you'd rather not be featured in this manner just let me know - otherwise keep up the great work!
Warm Regards
Sandi
aka `oibyrd

PS - Please forgive the cut-and-paste message - all a part of time management :)!
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SheelaGoh Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Sandi, you've no idea how high my Cloud 9 is floating right now, and it's all thanks to you :)


xo Sheela xo
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SpiderMuffin Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
:O That's so beautiful! :+favlove:
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SheelaGoh Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
It's my personal fave too, next to Lady Chatterley's Lover :) well, alongside :)
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SilveryFrostDragon Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
So innnocent yet so damn sexy! And the fact that some fabric is over 100 years old make it that much sweeter!
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SheelaGoh Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Yes it sure does, they're awfully pricey but so worth it!
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SilveryFrostDragon Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
i can imagine and it was!
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1LuvItachI Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
homg! D: i want it! Dx
its so beautiful~
for once pink looks pretty <333
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SheelaGoh Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
LOL thank you :)


xo Sheela xo
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1LuvItachI Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
your welcome! x3
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SheelaGoh Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
:)
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1LuvItachI Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
:]
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