Though the photograph was not taken by me, the dress was made by me.
This dress is inspired by the classic Eleanor of Toledo gown, modified to my tastes and "needs" - based on the materials I had on hand and wanted to use. The dress was made "from scratch" meaning I didn't have a pattern, I created one based on my body shape, corset, and aesthetics.
The beading (skirt and bodice) took over 36 hours. There is over 2000 seed "pearls" (aka plastic beads because I'm cheap) and 20 + swarvoski crystals (on the bodice front motif only).
The dress is not entirely FINISHED but it is wearable. I need to finish some beading and do slashing on the sleeve panels. Over all the dress has taken upwards of 70 hrs.
And what did it cost?
Probably about $70 in materials.
The white brocade fabric (9.2 yards) (cotton/poly blend - I try to silk but when you find something good, you roll with it) was $35 (after shipping) on eBay
I already had most of the black velvet, I had to buy 1/2 yard at $15/yard
And I already had the peach silk that accents the shoulder rolls and bodice line. It also lines the sleeves but can't be seen until I do the slashing.
I had some of the beads already but had to buy more. And thread. And 10 yards of white lining fabric. 5 yards I already had. I bought the other 5 yards at GoodWill - old sheets are great - for $6.
I also already had the steel-boning that gives extra support to the bodice (I am wearing a corset under it).
The Ribbon that ties the sleeves - around $15 total.
Plus the ribbon to lace the back and the grommets. $12
The pearl necklaces, snood, chemise, hoopskirt and all undergarments I already owned. The red necklace and earrings was a gift. As was the small goblet at my side.