I knew that the splendiferous Ellen Datlow would come through for me … she always takes the best photos! Here they are from her Flickr gallery:

M.K. Hobson's purple ballgown #1This is my favorite of all the shots. You can see the hand-stitching on the bodice hem & around the buttons. And the fan actually went with the dress & trim better than I expected it would. (I have a full-on black ostrich feather fan that would have better completed the ensemble, but it would not have survived the night, no way no how.)

M.K. Hobson's purple ballgown #2

Tres purple and tres shiny! Also, apparently I have been curling 50lb freeweights in my sleep, for I cannot otherwise explain the humongousity of my upper arms.

M.K. Hobson's purple ballgown #2

Here you get the best view of the whole dress. Yes, it has a train, and yes, people stepped on it all night. ;-)

M.K. Hobson's purple ballgown #4

And finally … just the bustle, all by itself, in all its glory.

If you want to see the purple dress up close and in person, it is going to be at Orycon next weekend and Steamcon the weekend after that. It will be participating in the Orycon masquerade (7 pm, Saturday, Nov. 13), and will also be attending one of the evening functions at Steamcon. Probably Saturday night, but who knows what the whims of the purple dress shall be. It wears you, you do not wear it.

UPDATE: I just looked at my programming schedule for Orycon and damned if I am not scheduled straight through Masquerade. So the purple dress will NOT be participating in the Orycon Masquerade; instead, it will be appearing on Saturday night as part of the “Promotion in the Information Age” panel (seems somewhat appropriate, yeah?) and at the Broad Universe reading. And then after that we’ll promenade or faint or something.

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19 Responses to The Redonkulous Purple Dress … Photos!

  1. Kelly Robson says:

    WOW! Can’t wait to see it in person.

  2. Sartorias says:

    That dress is AWESOME!!!!!!!

    • M.K. Hobson says:

      The good news is I have enough of the purple taffeta left that I can make a little bolero jacket … then I can wear the skirt, jacket & a ruffly blouse as a day look as well. Flexibility!

  3. I so want one of these, except I want a shimmery dark green. It is simply beautiful!!!!!

  4. Serge Broom says:

    BustlePunk rules!

  5. hazelwindows says:

    Very very neat!

  6. Zs Sophy says:

    You are incredibly talented. And you look stunning!

  7. Domini says:

    I actually think that fan looks really good; it goes very well with the bits of orange in the neckline (? forgive me, I know nothing about clothing or what the bits are called) and the flower in your hair.

  8. Eugene says:

    You look fabulous!

  9. C.S. Cole says:

    Absolutely stunning! You look fabulous in purple! Perhaps you might want to make an appearance at the OryCon steampunk Zepplin party Saturday night. As soon as I get the info, I’ll pass it along.

  10. Sandi says:

    You and the Dress look absolutely beautiful!! And you also look ten years younger – is this what getting published does for one? Ah, now there’s motivation!

  11. Fantastic! I’ll be up at OryCon (hosting Match Game SF on Sunday morning) and I look forward to seeing you and The Dress. :)

  12. Sonja4you says:

    This is spectacular!

  13. HayKay says:

    thats so epic M.K.!

  14. Sharon says:

    Mary, you look gorgeous! You need to be riding on the train, next to Emily and Stanton.

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