Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Shopping My Closet ~ Discoveries


Because of my recent big investment in a custom corset (designed for 1950s style) at Dark Garden I haven't been doing much shopping recently. What I did do (in an effort to put together that Edwardian outfit) was upend my costume collection.

I found these shoes:


I forgot how useful they are, being both white and cream.


I discovered to my delight that my Regency Evening Dress, which hasn't fit me in YEARS, actually fits me again since the Rack Reduction. Although I need help buttoning it up the back. It's designed to go with the accessories from my 1850s Picnic Dress, although with a proper bonnet, of course. Royal blue and cream is a favorite combination of mine.

All I'm saying is... bring on the Austen Ball people!


I found this cute little top hat which was a gift, but is hard to travel with so I haven't worn it much. I think I might putter about concocting something to go with it, possibly using my grey corset. 

I also discovered that several of my dresses and skirts need some serious repairs. And when am I going to have time for that, I ask you?

I have Gaslight Gathering in San Diego coming up and I can pack anything I feel like for that event because 1. I'm flying Southwest, 2. It's not far away, and 3. It's mostly indoors and clean and not too hot. I'll be debuting the updated and modified to be more steampunk (and less bust) corsets there. I have an old Mini Murry cosplay I might dig up, and yes I happen to own custom fangs. What you doubted me?

Expect to see some really fun pictures from that event next month.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Then & Now ~ Old Gold Velvet Gown


Then

1875  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Now

2014 S_S Ulyana Sergeenko

Matched Merch


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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Then & Now ~ Blue and Cream Gown


Then

Evening Dress  1848  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Now

2014 Spring

Matched Merch


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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

WorldCon 2016 in a Polkadotted Skirt, Black Top, and Tilted Hat


So for the next day at WorldCon I wore this old favorite yellow skirt with black dots. It's Max Studio and if I had to buy a new one I'd get something like this instead $20 white with black dots, high waisted. I think it'd fit better in my wardrobe. 


The shirt actually started life as a vintage 1960s black linen pencil dress and I cannibalized it into a peplum blouse. Dress looked a lot like this originally. 

Maggy Rouff  1950s  Vintage Fashion INC

I'm wearing these two pieces with steampunk earrings (similar $20), pen necklace (here $18), and flat aerosole sandals to save my feet (here $40). I also added a tilted teardrop hat. You can follow my adventure dyeing this hat here


I love this hat but it is hard to travel with so you don't see me in it often. Here's a bit of a sample of other tilted hats...

1872  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1943  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2014 Ralph-Russo

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

WorldCon 2016 in a Gold eShakti Dress with Tassel Jewelry


So this was the first eShakti dress that I purchased after the Rack Reduction. It's a little bit big and I need to work on the measurements that I give them if/when I order from them again.


I ordered this just after the holiday season because I love the fabric. It's better in person but it has a peacock component with blues and pinks within the gold.  It's no loner available. It came with a sash belt and pockets (!) and I had the neckline altered to a wide V and short sleeves added because I wanted it to look more 1950s like this:

Party dress, 1950s via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

I'm wearing it with short beaded cotton gloves (because of the heat in Kansas City) similar $15 in satin.


The multi-colored hair flower is a gift (similar $10) and the shoes are modern MJ almond toe pumps (similar $30). I love them but they are wicked painful. The tassel necklace is a modern jet piece that I love (similar $17). I got it from Dark Garden years ago. I have a THING about tassel jewelry.

Tassel Jewelry a Retrospective


Watch Fob  1850  Lang Antiques
Pendant  1910  Bonham’s

Brooch  Cartier, 1920s  Christie’s

1920s Necklace  1stdibs.com

Brooch  Cartier, 1925  Christie’s

Diamond and Pearl Necklace  Sterlé, 1955  Christie’s

2014 via 13 Amazing It-Bags to Seriously Invest in for Fall and Beyond on WhoWhatWear.com

2016 Saint Laurent Lolita tassel choker at ysl.com


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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

WorldCon 2016 in a Blue & Cream 1950s Day Dress


For the first night of WorldCon I wore my new purple dress from the previous blog. But for the first offical day of the convention I wore this favorite vintage 1950s blue and white day dress.


It has a cute little jacket too, but I didn't get a picture of it at this event. Here it is at Comic Con, 4 years ago pre-reack-reduction.


Believe it or not I weigh less in these Comic Con photos, just goes to show what a little less boob will do for a girl's figure. Now where was I?


So I am wearing it with a little flower hair band (similar $18), faux pearl set (similar $10), vintage white leather gloves (similar $29), and some Mia nomad flats (discontinued, similar $23).

A Historical Retrospective on Blue & White

For Lord Akeldama

1760s  The Victoria & Albert Museum

For Sophronia


1853-1854 Blue FLower  The FIDM Museu

For Monique


c.1860      United States      MET

For Dimity


Bodice  1865-1866  Musée Galliera de la Mode de la Ville de Paris 

For Agatha



1868 Robe à Transformation   Kerry Taylor Auctions2

For Ivy


1872  The Kyoto Costume Institute

For Prudence


Afternoon Dress 1903 s  Jacques Doucet  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For Primrose


1905 Summer Day Dress  The Victoria & Albert Museum

For Gail


Clip Brooches  Raymond Yard, 1935  Christie’s

Glamorous 1950’s Dress.  Glamorous❤Vintage❤Soul tumblr

2013 Elie-Saab-Couture-Oblivion-Moscow-Premiere

"A great variety of bright colours is only suited to a carpet. For a dress, two are quite sufficient."
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)



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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Imprudence Tour Outfit & WorldCon ~ New Purple Dress & Eyeball Necklace


I picked up this purple chiffon pleated day dress on a whim from a local vintage shop for $30, Fashionable Reader. Already it has proved itself a very good investment.



It's super light and thin and packs beautifully. I'm guessing 1970s from the fabric and the way the flowers are sprinkled over it.

On Book Tour 

On Instagram

On tour I wore it without a hair clip because I forgot the flower back in my hotel room however I remembered the matched eye of Suaron jewelry set that I got at WorldCon in London (from Etsy shop Hibernacula ~ worst most impossible to remember name EVER but boy do I love their stuff, here's their actual website), tobacco skinny belt (vintage, similar $10) and Guess tobacco wedge sandals (similar $30).

with Hope via Facebook

via Jennifer on Facebook

At WorldCon


I paired it with cream instead.  


That's the same necklace (I REALLY love it), the belt is a modern one (similar reversible $34), the shoes are these kind of patterned scaled Via Spiga peeps with blue heals from yonks ago (similar $46), and that's a vintage bag (similar $44) with a vintage octopus broach pinned to it (similar $19 or here $12). 



The scarf, upon which I got many compliments, is here for $14. I love it. I find 32" square is the perfect size both for packing (see this blog post on how to roll vintage) and for doing more elaborate hair scarf ties. There is something about the colors in this particular one that I find goes with most of my wardrobe, and I get tons of complements. (The makers have a whole range of different patterns.)

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.
Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I gets a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.