"Anne Boleyn"
Costume and  design concept by Patricia Cronin of "Ahhh....LaMode"
RE-paint and hair by Ken Bartram of  "Mini Mannequins"

A "Once upon a Fantasy" presentation!

We would like to dedicate our efforts to our good pals
Pat Bradham and Andrea Kish
who are both Breast Cancer survivors.

The main overdress or kirtle is made
from oriental silk brocade in a loden
green with a golden floral pattern
that is reminiscent of the lush woodsy
backgrounds of the famous
Unicorn Tapestries.

The underskirt is made of embroidered
cream Noil silk lavishly beaded with
forest green antique nailheads and 24
carat gold glazed beads with Baroque
pearl accents. It is trimmed with
renaissance-style  black, green
  and metalic gold trim.
It is a historical fact that Anne
was responsible for bringing the
"French Hood" to the fashionable
ladies  English court. This one
is made with German lace and
finished with pearls--a favorite
embellishment of the affluent
of this time.
The sun motif adorning the
underskirt represents Anne's
sunny & vivacious personality.
The bloomers are made from a tiny
floral print cotton and edged with
Irish lace tied with silk ribbons.
Rings of Topaz and Jet peek out
from under Renaissance gothic
    lace undersleeves that are adorned
with tiny antique flowers
representing Anne's love of Spring
and the season of her death.
The sleeves are trimmed in a warm
& lush Autumn-Haze Mink.
  (Fur was a traditional and
functional adornment which helped
ward off the chill of drafty
British Isles castles.)
Tiny brocade COURT SHOES adorn
her feet. They are created using
traditional cobbling methods,
with real leather soles, brocade
uppers and heel, and a lining of
green sateen. All topped with a
gold melallic bow.
Anne wears  the jewely that was
shown so often in paintings of
the times.  She was proud of her
family name of BOLEYN and wore
chokers such as this; Feminine
pearls drip with the "B" and a
Baroque fresh water pearl.

As she gazes into the future, do
you think she sees the illustrious
future of her beloved Elizabeth?

Anne Boleyn was the second wife of HenryVIII, King of England,and
mother of Elizabeth, who later grew to become the greatest monarch
to ever rule the BRITISH ISLES.
  Elizabeth's path to power was guaranteed when Anne gave her life
rather than giving in to Henry's demands to declare their marriage
null and void, thus making Elizabeth illegitimate.
Anne believed that a woman could rule England as well as a man.
She believed that Elizabeth was destined for greatness.
Thus, her sacrifice became Englands greatest hope.
She was beheaded on May 19th 1536.

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