From Backdrop to Dress

I have always loved taking photos of people in historical or vintage European costumes. It’s extremely hard to find them nowadays. I was lucky enough to run into a vintage shop called “Depot-Vente Beirut”. I saw that yellow dress online and the next thing I had to do is go there and grab it.

My grandmother has a shop for curtain fabric. I go there every once in a while and try to find pieces of fabric she never uses. I loved the blue color and the size of one piece, so I took it and decided to use it as a backdrop.

I called my sister and asked her to be my model.



It was about time to look up for another dress. I had my eyes on some historical costumes online. They were all way over my budget and I got really frustrated because they looked very beautiful. Next thing I did was bringing that backdrop down and starting a new dress. Having my mom’s sewing machine made it all easy — unlike what you may think! Well, thanks to Pinterest for being inspirational.

I was going to start a photo series/project, but it turned into complete failure because of the lack of models. But I remembered that making that dress was an accomplishment itself. That’s why I decided to share the story with everyone.

Here’s a self-portrait I took with the help of my husband.


This image stands for some of the days I spent at the hospital and was given blood units to treat my anemia after the death of my son due to the severe pre-eclampsia I suffered from.