Some Early Designs

I wanted to do another tartan gown after completing 2 with the Stewart tartan.  Using the Newfoundland tartan that I had purchased previously, I began brainstorming ideas. I knew I wanted a full length with a bit of a train. I went back to my first sketches and used inspiration from a first draft I did for the Stewart tartan.

East Coast Couture's founder and designer, LeeAnn Dussault, draws on the Scottish heritage of the maritime provinces of Canada and the infamous tartans in some of her designs.

For the bodice, I decided to use a black Jacquard with floral details. I had just enough of this fabric left over from another project to do the bodice. 

Floral Jacquard fabrics are used in several of East Coast Couture's designs

The rest of the dress was of the Newfoundland tartan.

Newfoundland tartan is a mix of greens, reds, blacks, and golds and is the official registered tartan for the province of Newfoundland.

I had planned on keeping the dress sleeveless, but it started to look a bit boring to me on the dress form. It was definitely missing something, so I began to play with some leftover pieces of tartan fabrics and started to make some straps.

I started draping the straps for different looks before settling on a criss-cross piece over the front and added straps over the shoulders. I also cut out a couple squared pieces and sewed them with the shoulder straps to give a look of sleeves.

This tartan design is one of East Coast Couture's unique, and popular dresses.

I was pleased with the overall look, and began to plan my next photo shoot. I had chosen my model for this piece already, and had booked a talented hair/MU stylist to bring my vision to life. 

LeeAnn Dussault does most of her own photo shoots, finding local modelling talent in the Greater Moncton area, in New Brunswick, Canada

 The shoot was shot at the Irving Gardens in Bouctouche.

For her first photo shoot ever, my model did a outstanding job! With the wardrobe styling, hair and makeup, the images speak for themselves. 

This set was titled Celt. 

From the conceptual photo shoot, Celt, by LeeAnn Dussault of Luna Photography.

Located in Buctouche, New Brunswick, the Irving gardens are a popular spot for photography sessions for modelling and weddings. LeeAnn Dussault has taken numerous opportunities to stage her photo sessions here.

Many times LeeAnn Dussault finds new models who have never modeled before, and she helps guide them in creating their first photos for their modelling portfolios.

Luna Photography features model Justice, who has just started out in her modelling career.

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