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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  • http://twitter.com/kellyoyo Kelly Robson

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

  • Sartorias

    That dress is AWESOME!!!!!!!

    • http://www.demimonde.com M.K. Hobson

      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!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cdclark02 Casandra Dickey Clark

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

    • http://www.demimonde.com M.K. Hobson

      Ooh, dark green would be PRETTY.

  • Serge Broom

    BustlePunk rules!

    • http://www.demimonde.com M.K. Hobson

      That reminds me, I must find a way to utilize all the empty space
      under the bustle for some nefarious purpose … hmmm.

  • hazelwindows

    Very very neat!

  • Zs Sophy

    You are incredibly talented. And you look stunning!

  • Domini

    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.

  • http://ecmyers.net Eugene

    You look fabulous!

  • http://www.cscole.com C.S. Cole

    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.

    • http://www.demimonde.com M.K. Hobson

      Hey, that’s a perfect idea! Thanks for the suggestion! Do LMK when you
      get the information.

  • Sandi

    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!

    • http://www.demimonde.com M.K. Hobson

      Now, the 10 years younger part, THAT is attributable to Sara
      introducing me to an incredible hair salon called Fada. They are
      miracle workers!

  • http://kevin-standlee.livejournal.com/ Kevin Standlee

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

  • Sonja4you

    This is spectacular!

  • HayKay

    thats so epic M.K.!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C5LSAAPSYVBYSGOUNJOFGGJYOQ Sharon

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