Yep, that's exactly what I was going for: flared skirt and a bustle like thing with wires on it. Yeah, the cage bustle was a few decades out of fashion by then, but obviously this isn't the sort of projects where sticking by historical accuracy isn't really necessary or possible.
Anyway, I just got an awesome idea for the cores. They can be the hat pins!
Luthien (The Silmarilion), Joffrey Baratheon (Game of Thrones) Lady Loki (Thor comics), Tevinter noble (Dragon Age: World of Thedas), Morty (Rick & Morty)
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