Rowena Ravenclaw was the most brilliant witch of her time, noted for her beauty, cleverness and creativity. She founded Hogwarts, School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, along with Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, and Salazar Sytherin and started the house that bears her name. She selected students for Ravenclaw based upon their intelligence, and designed the ever-changing floor plans and moving staircases of Hogwarts Castle. Her diadem was thought to grant its wearer exceptional wisdom and was considered a relic after her death.
I've always considered myself to be a Ravenclaw, so when Ellystar asked me to join the Hogwarts Founders group she was putting together, I had to say yes. It was a lot of fun to come up with our own designs and be inspired by each other's ideas, and it was rewarding to see how well it all came together. I decided to go with the silver/blue movie colors for Ravenclaw rather than the blue/bronze of the books, and sketched out lots of different designs for her before settling on the final idea. To save money and time, I bought a plain mass-produced medieval-style blue dress and went to work on adding the details. I lined the sleeves with silver fabric and used silver cording sew curlicue designs onto the lining and give it texture. I found a beautiful silver brocade at Joann's that I used for the neckline, sleeve accents and sash, and grabbed a dark blue upholstery fabric on sale to make her long flowing cape. Silver metal broaches and pearls were used as accents and to hide snaps attaching the cape to the dress. The most important part of the outfit, however, was Rowena's diadem, one of the seven horcruxes and the only part of the outfit that had a movie reference. Using high-res images of the crown, Sketch sculpted it flat in clay and I carved in the Ravenclaw motto at the bottom. We then made a mold using the sculpture, and cast the entire thing in resin. We had to pop out the resin before it was completely hard to try and create the curve to match my head. It took a few casts to get that part correct. Once we were satisfied it fit, Sketch colored it silver with Rub and Buff and clear coated it to seal the color. He then painstakingly bedazzled it with tiny plastic gems using tweezers. The large blue gem was cast in resin from a mold. I threaded silver chain through to hang around the back as an extra decoration.