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Scarlett O’Hara – A Mixed Media Assemblage Dress

The mixed media assemblage art dress – Scarlett  O’Hara, is the first mixed media assemblage art dress I’ve made and listed since finishing work on a recent commission. I put her up on Etsy a few days ago but, continuing to be busy I’ve not had a chance to post her here, which I should have done last Friday. Returning to my early designs for assemblage mixed media art dress, I’ve once again based this piece around heroine from a well known literary source – Gone With The Wind.

Mixed media assemblage art dress - Scarlett O'Hara

Mixed media assemblage art dress – Scarlett O’Hara.

Scarlett O’Hara is the central figure of the 1936 novel Gone With The Wind, written by Margaret Mitchell.  An epic tale it tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara, living through one of America’s most troubled times as it wrestled with itself to become a united nation. Scarlett O’Hara, the daughter of an Irish immigrant lives on Tara, a plantation in the deep south. Scarlett falls in love with Ashley Wilkes, but Ashley, marries his cousin, Melanie Hamilton. At the engagement party Scarlett first meets the rouge Rhett Butler. Then the Civil War begins, just as Scarlett accepts a proposal of marriage from Melanie’s brother, Charles Hamilton. However, Charles dies in training before seeing action. Going into mourning Scarlett decides to wear black and not attend any parties, locking herself away from her usual society. Scarlett’s home Tara, is ravaged by the civil war and falls in to rack and ruin but she manages to keep it going. Later Scarlett approaches Rhett to get money to pay taxes on Tara but he rebuffs her. So, she ends up marrying her sister’s fiancé, Frank Kennedy. Now Frank has a business which Scarlett, through, business practices that make many Atlantans resent her, increases its profitability. But, tragedy is never far away from Scarlett and   Frank is killed when he and other Ku Klux Klan members raid a shanty town where Scarlet was assaulted while driving alone. After this Scarlett marries Rhett, who is aware of her love for Ashley but, hopes one day she will love him instead. Scarlett eventually realizes she does love Rhett, but by now, the couple has been through so much that Rhett has fallen out of love with her.

Scarlett O’Hara is the central figure of the 1936 novel Gone With The Wind

Scarlett O’Hara is the central figure of the 1936 novel Gone With The Wind.

Gone With The Wind is an epic story, it’s available from Amazon in many different formats film, book etc, just click the link below to go to the Amazon search results page for Gone With The Wind.

Unlike the famous curtain dress (watch the film), my mixed media assemblage art dress – Scarlett O’Hara, is only 23cm long, 28cm wide and 28cm. Still, it is a classic ball gown, made from a stunning Lilac/purple coloured taffeta and book pages from the book “Gone With The Wind”. The 3 dimensional bodice and skirt of the dress is sculpted from old book papers. The skirt has been sculpted in a way to make the dress look as if it’s it has the hoops that give the dress that very full skirted look so familiar with Gone With The Wind. The petticoats are made from organza again giving the full skirt. Adorning the bodice is a small piece of beautiful costume jewelry.


One of Scarlett’s lines reads “I can’t think of that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.” I know how she feels after trying to catch up with all my work but, I have another mixed media assemblage art dress to hand, I’ll post her a little later today. And, if I get the chance I’ll have a stab at a Wordless Wednesday too.

Oh, I almost forgot. When I asked Tom about the piece his reply was “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”. Typical :)

Click here to visit my Etsy Shop . My Etsy shop has several other assemblage art pieces for sale; I hope you enjoy viewing them. If you have any queries about this piece or any of the other pieces in my Etsy shop or, would like further information about Messie Jessie, please feel free to contact me via a “convo” through my Etsy shop or via e-mail at info@messiejessie.co.uk .

1 comment

1 Sarah @ First Night Design { 06.13.13 at 8:23 am }

Gorgeous!

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