took waaaaaaay too much work, and too much last minute stress, but now that that's all behind me, I actually do like this costume. still, if I ever wear the full costume (with hoopskirt) again, there's a whole heap of stuff I'd like to fix/improve.
there are a whole heap of photos on the internet where I look really terrible in this ^^; or where the hoopskirt's showing or the necktie is falling off (it's meant to be a choker!). I blame that half on the crappily made costume and half on the crazy wind.
anyway, Madame de Pompadour from le Chevalier d'Eon. thank you to the photographers... I lost track of what came from where and who. sorry.