It must be admitted that Saffia’s look last week was rather different!
“When Elrik and I knew we were doing the show in Dresden,” says Saffia, “we decided on a look that was a little different. One of the most famous things to come from Dresden is the Dresden or Meissen porcelain, the first European hard plaster porcelain, which became famous in the eighteenth century. So I decided to go for an eighteenth century look, just for a change!”
But although Saffia went for a radically different look, she didn’t have to go far to create it!
“The dress is by Ivalde, of course,” Saffia says. “Although Neferai Abel (the owner/designer of Ivalde) focuses on retro clothes, she does make historical ones as well, such as the gorgeous Dorothea gown that I wore in the Christmas show!”
And, indeed, Ivalde have just launched a new range of Victorian gowns.
But for the Dresden shepherdess look, Saffia needed something a little more baroque.
“That was why I chose Aurelia,” Saffia says. “I loved the sweep and flow of it – and I also loved the colour. It’s pink, but very much a brownish-pink, which worked beautifully for me. I also meant that I got a bargain, for over Valentine’s Day, Ivalde had one of her super sales, with everything pink of red reduced in honour of Valentines Day – and I was able to get this dress at half-price!”
But there is nothing cut-price about this sumptuous gown – or the hair that goes with it.
“The hair style is Melanie from Curl Up and Dye, ” says Saffia. “I wanted something Baroque, but a lot of Baroque styles can look very stiff and sculpted. I wanted something a little more free-flowing, in keeping with the Dresden shepherdess look. Leetah Moxie hhas a range of historical styles (and film styles too) and I thought this one was perfect.”
And with her dress and hair to show off, Saffia saw an opportunity to point out one of her favourite paintings in the gallery. “I love this Tower of Babel by Marten van Valckenborch,” she says, “but we didn’t have time in the programme to reach this particular gallery. So I thought I’d show you now!”
For those interested in what Elrik was wearing, he decided to complement Saffia’s look with a Regency outfit from the House of RFyre, namely Marquess Men’s Noir; while the wig was the white model from the FDL Marquis range by Sanders Beaumont.