Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Then & Now ~ Embroidered White Muslin

 

Then

Day dress  1904-1908  The Victoria & Albert Museum




Now


87 2014 Gn

Matched Merch

Mug lives the dream as a teacup


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Then & Now ~ Ecru Overlay Dress

Then

1907-1910 Jean-Philippe Worth,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Almost Then

1935 Ensemble  Jeanne Lanvin,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Now

2013 S/S Sass & Bide

Matched Merch


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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Then & Now ~ Black Lace Overlay

Then

Evening Dress  Madeleine Vionnet, 1935  The Victoria & Albert Museum

 Now

2013 S/S Alannah Dress at darlingclothes.com

Matched Merch


Team Soap

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Then & Now ~ Black Layered Dress

Then

Mourning Dress  1870  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Almost Now

1952 Christian Dior  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Matched Merch


I'd Rather Be Wearing Steampunk

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

1940s Air Hostess Uniforms


There was a great display (at the International Terminal of SFO before we left for Singapore) on airline uniforms through the ages. I was particularly taken with this one:


It's the 1939 uniform for United Airlines. Isn't it adorable?

With Parasols! And look at the shoes!

Although, that said, I got mighty addlepated over the current Singapore Air hostess uniforms, because OH MY GOD. I nearly bought one for myself (you can in Little India) and then realized I am not an incredibly stunning Asian woman and it would look ridiculous on me.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Then & Now ~ Draped Red Gown

Then

1970s Madame Grès, The Philadelphia Museum of Art

 Now

2014 Catherine Malandrino

Matched Merch



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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Singapore Catch Up: 1880s Australian Lady, Fans, Parasols, and More


A few more Retro Rack things I encountered in Singapore:

At the National Gallery Artists and Empire exhibit:



Reading an article on the plane, this adorable thing:


Found a wall of fans for Spohronia in Singapore's Chinatown:


And a beautiful collection of parasols:


I also learned a lot about historical dress in Singapore, but I'm saving that in case I decide to put it in an upcoming book.




Wear it well, Fashionable Reader.

Miss G
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Singapore Cosplay: Alexia & Ivy On The Equator


Amazingly enough, at the Singapore Writers Festival two fantastic young ladies came dressed as Alexia & Ivy!

Gail Ivy Alexia Festival

Isn't that the coolest? LOOK AT THE HATS!

Although, not that cool in the literal sense of the word because it's like the surface of a very damp sun in Singapore (or feels that way to me). It's humid, and 1 degree off the equator, and they are wearing full coverage Victorian gowns!

By SG Yung

I saw them again the next day, in street wear and regular steampunk, and they re-introduced themselves to me as Alexia and Ivy. How adorable is that? (There were Irregular Choice shoes involved as well.)

By Sg Yung


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

All About Trumpet (AKA Mermaid Meets Pencil) Skirts


So I have been into the trumpet/mermaid skirt recently, Fashionable Reader. Why? Because I liked the red outfit I wore at Gaslight Gathering so much. I figured it might behoove me to have more of this style skirt for away steampunk conventions. They go well with corsets and pack small.

Let the shopping trials commence.

Before we start, FYI: I'm a size 6.

First up, here is the one I have:


This one is listed as: The Power Broker- 30s Vintage Style Retro Double Button Skirt - USA Stock! in Small/Red and it is $30. The material is stretchy and relatively thick, I really love it. The buttons are sewn on well, there is a little black lace round the bottom and a back zipper. It also comes in black.


Because it would work with my accessorizes I went ahead and ordered (what I thought was) the same skirt in teal. However, this one is listed as VfEmage Women's Elegant High Waist Party Work Mermaid Bodycon Pencil Midi Skirt 120 BLU S 4/6 (size no longer available) for $24. Now this is listed as blue, it is absolutely teal. The Small 4/6 was way too small for me. Also the material was a great deal thinner (which gives nice movement), the zipper didn't go down as far, and the buttons not as well sewn on as my red version. Despite all of this I would have ordered the next size up but it's not offered.

Returned it.


I ordered the Partiss Women's Vintage High Waist Wear to Work Bodycon Mermaid Pencil Skirt $28 in Medium instead. It's a Chinese manufacture which means I can't make returns (it says you can but it's usually too expensive) so it's a risk, particularly on color. But the same skirt comes in white, and so if it works I have more future options. So I decided to take the risk.

It arrived in reasonable time. It's more blue than pictured, on the turquoise end of teal. The fabric is a soft cotton blend, slightly ribbed body-con. It's a tiny bit loose on me, but because of the fabric (which shows all sins) I don't mind that, although not sure how it will work with a corset. It's not nearly so flow-y as pictured above, looking a bit more like the skirt below with obvious hem seam. It's mid-calf (a bit longer then I like). It'll work for now, but it isn't nice enough for me to buy the white version.

I don't think it's worth the $28 price tag.


Next I ordered this Women's Vintage High Waist Wear to Work Skirts Wine Small $17. It's fine, fits well and very plain. I wanted something without black trim/buttons so I could wear it with my fancy corset. Unfortunately, it's better for the Spoon corset than the Fancy, which to say the color is more burgundy than raspberry (on the brown end rather than the pink end of the wine spectrum). It'll do for now and I'll keep an eye open for a pinker more special option going forward as I thrift hunt.

So there it is: one highly recommended, one difficult to deal with and lukewarm, and one recommended with reservations. 

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Then & Now ~ Red Dress

Then

1950s Emma Domb  Timeless Vixen Vintage

 Now

2014 Martin Grant

Matched Merch



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