If fairy tales could be made into stunning dresses...this 18 year old designer sure has got something to boast about!
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If fairy tales could be made into stunning dresses…this 18 year old designer sure has got something to boast about!

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Every young girl’s dream at some point of her life or the other is to become a princess. We grew up watching Disney movies and they just happen to paint such a pretty picture of what it’s like to be a princess and live in a huge white palace. There are very few who work towards this dream as many render it unrealistic and move on. But, one young girl is trying to live that dream with an amazing collection of dresses that make her look like she is the princess of not just one, but many fairy tales. This is the story of Angela Clayton and her stunning dresses, which give us a feeling that they are straight from the fairy tales.

1 Angela’s Story

Angela Clayton, who is an eighteen year old costume designer residing in Long Island, New York, started her foray in costume designing when she was only fourteen. It so happened that she sewed up a school uniform from an anime show, which took her around two months to complete. And this was the point when she realised that she had found her calling.

Angela was also into cosplay. She enjoyed wearing costumes to different conventions. The heavy price tags of online dresses were some sort of an impetus to drive her to make her own costumes. Although she realised down the line that it wasn’t going to be easy, she enjoyed her work, which kept her on her feet. She says that a lot of practice and dedication can result in perfection. She also says that although it comes naturally to many, it’s not something that you can’t learn how to do.

Angela's Story

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Angela doesn’t attend conventions that frequently anymore. She devotes most of her time to focus on original designs. Some of her stunning dresses take around two hundred and fifty hours to make, and around about eleven meters of fabric each!

2 A complete fashion boutique in herself

Angela thoroughly enjoys the sewing aspect of her dresses along with the designing. She now gives herself more freedom to focus on original designs and also some great historical projects. She also hopes to make a career out of her talent, in the fields of fashion, theatre or film.

Angela also considers designing as her first priority, placing it over academics and school. She says that she wouldn’t mind skipping four years of college to delve straight into her career.

A complete fashion boutique in herself

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3 The white and gold ball gown

From images of some of her stunning dresses, it can be seen that Angela has put all of her creative faculties to use whilst designing. Some of her creations are original and some are recreations of costumes worn by Disney characters. Even whilst recreating, she adds her own special touch to the dresses to make them sort of personalized and all the more appealing.

One of her noteworthy creations, include a snow-white puffy ball gown with golden leaves and flowers embroidered at the hemline. Along with the dress, she also designed a princess like tiara, which was a wreath made of similar golden twigs and leaves. To top it off, the skirt portion had tiny yellow rice lights that illuminated the intricate embroidery at the bottom of the skirt. The gold and white combination worked extremely well giving her a grand, well embellished final result.

The white and gold ball gown

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4 Costumes adapted from Disney

Some of her best recreations from Disney movies are Elsa’s blue dress from Frozen, Merida’s long, navy blue gown from Brave, the symbolic baby blue gown that was given to Cinderella by her fairy God-Mother for that midnight ball and some others. The costume from Frozen sort of outdoes the others. The body dress made from scaly light blue material coupled with the long train of the same color makes it look utterly splendid.

Costumes adapted from Disney

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5 Costumes from the Victorian era

Angela doesn’t stop with costumes that look like fairy tales. She also has done a number of historical outfits, including large heavy dresses from the Victorian period, head gears, and also fine cloaks made of velvet to add that touch of royalty that her stunning dresses deserve. She seems to work well with leaves and frills also.

Costumes from the Victorian era

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Richa Dwivedi Sharma