The wearable art piece, “Grey Lady”, was inspired by my niece’s new “granny chic” haircolor. The crinoline was the starting point for the outfit. It was worn by her grandmother on her wedding day, under her wedding gown in the 1950’s. I spray painted it with Tulip Color Shot in Gray. I cut out the mid section of net, made “garters” of gray ruffled ribbon and boning to hold it together, then added layers of ruffles in lace and sparkle tulle. The underbust corset was a premade (purchased) costume piece in a gray brocade. I covered the front in a mulberry colored ribbon and silver lace, and accented it with sewn on crystals, pearl and rhinestone chains, and Swarovski crystals. The headdress was handmade, starting with a simple headband. It was covered in silk, and trimmed in vintage silver braid, a vintage rhinestone bracelet, silver torchon lace and Swarovski crystals. It’s focal point is a gray/lavender rose, wrapped in sparke tulle, with rhinestone sprays and gray ostrich plumes. The finishing touch was the handpainted shoes. A vintage pair of lace up booties in white were painted gray, with burgandy accents. Laced up with vintage purple rayon ribbon, and accented with mother of pearl buttons and Swarovski crystals. The last shot of the day was as the sun was setting, and it felt like grandma was smiling down on us, approving of her wedding day crinoline being put to a new use.