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The Stargazer Gown will establish a new standard in burlesque theater, blurring the line between couture and costuming.
The Stargazer Gown will establish a new standard in burlesque theater, blurring the line between couture and costuming.
34 backers pledged $2,083 to help bring this project to life.

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The Stargazer Gown is a collaboration between choreographer Lily Verlaine and designer Danial Webster and will make its debut at the 2011 Burlesque Hall of Fame.  The gown is inspired by the unabashed sensuality of the Stargazer lily itself: the dripping stamen, the dark, staining pollen, the disorganized blossom, its brazen glamour and its unapologetic palette.

Such a gift of nature supplies ample inspiration in the minds of two artists who enjoy making defiant spectacles.  Combining Lily’s vivacity and retro-style glamour with Danial’s spontaneous sophistication, the two intend to create a jaw-dropping wearable work of art that continues a tradition of couture in burlesque theatre. There is perhaps no better example of this than Erté's stunning pieces for Ziegfeld Follies.

The Stargazer Gown was conceived in the interest of blurring the line between couture and costuming, employing fine sewing techniques, painting, fabric dying, and corseting. The design is estimated to employ 200 hours of design time.

Danial has worked in Seattle as a costumer for burlesque and alternative artists on limited budgets, which translates to a compromised vision–fewer hours spent in the design and execution process and working with materials that may not be his first choice.  In this project, we are hoping to provide Danial with enough of a budget to allow for creative liberty and a true expression of what this artist is capable of achieving.

The entire project will cost nearly $7,000 including design, materials, and production. The $2,000 in contributions we seek will cover our material costs.

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    Signed postcard sketch of the gown, and a Caffe Vita drip coffee. (Coffee available in Seattle only)

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    8x10 photo of Lily in the finished gown, and the drink of your choice at Caffe Vita. (Coffee available in Seattle only)

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    Framed, signed, and personalized 8x10 photo of Lily in the finished gown, pepperoni or margherita pizza at Via Tribunali and the drink of your choice at Caffe Vita. (Food and drink available in Seattle only)

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    Attend wine and cheese catered fitting with Lily and Danial in Seattle, signed and personalized photo of Lily in the finished gown. Pound of Caffe Vita Coffee and a pepperoni or margherita pizza from Via Tribunali. (Food and drink available in Seattle only)

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    Thank You video of Lily performing her signature act in the finished gown, signed and personalized photo of Lily in the gown plus a pound of coffee from Caffe Vita and a $25 gift card to Via Tribunali. (Food and drink available in Seattle only)

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    One 30-minute private burlesque lesson with Lily (excellent gift to an aspiring burlesque starlet), Thank You video, framed, signed, and personalized photo of Lily in the finished gown plus a pound of Caffe Vita Coffee and a $50 gift card to Via Tribunali.

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    Attend photoshoot with Lily modeling the finished gown and stay for catered picnic for 4 and classical music performance by Seattle Freelance String Quartet led by Teo Benson post-shoot in the glorious Seattle summer, 4 signed and personalized photos of Lily in the gown. Plus, a 3 month Caffe Vita subscription and a $100 gift card to Via Tribunali.

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    Exclusive catered cocktail and hors d'oeuvre party ("Lily Verlaine" Signature cocktail will be served) for 20 with live jazz by The Matt Jorgensen Trio and burlesque performances by Fuschia Foxxx and Lily Verlaine in the finished gown, 20 signed and personalized photos of Lily in the finished gown, plus a year- long Caffe Vita subscription and dinner for four at Via Tribunali, including wine.

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