So above is a comparison of outfit evolution. A steampunk version with silly hat, corselette, red gloves, and flats and then a retro look with a red velvet jacket, gold sandals, gold gloves, and a shell cocktail hat.
For the steampunk look I utilized bits of my Autumn steampunk outfit. I suspect you are all too familiar with these.
I swapped out hat, belt, and shoes for the Avid reader event. Just goes to show how switching a few accessories can change everything!
A back view of the hat as I talk wildly with a reader.
The hat, front.
The hat, side.
The hat was a Christmas gift from my mum a little while ago. She picked up a whole selection at a silent auction. The label is very difficult to read but it think it says, Ínarthe 12, Rue de la Paix, Paris. I have managed to dig up a few similar in museum collections.
1935 The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Cocktail Hat 1950s The Victoria & Albert Museum
1964 The Victoria & Albert Museum
Flowered version from a still of Mad Men
The dress I bought from Held Over on Haight Street for about $40. I think it's 1970s (because of the fabric), despite the 1930s feel. The last thing I needed was a long black dress but I have a weakness for tears and pussycat bows. This one fits me so beautifully, despite the Rack. Now that I know it works as a steampunk option, I'll probably wear it more frequently.
Some similar teared dresses appearing on the runways for 2013.
Saint Laurent 2013; Ralph Lauren Spring 2013
Being top heavy, I like dresses with the weight on the bottom. Here are a few more for the 1930s.
1930 Coco Chanel The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1931-1932 Evening Dress Elsa Schiaparelli The Philadelphia Museum of Art
1937-1938 Evening Ensemble Coco Chanel The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1930s The Frock
Something for the characters . . .For Sophronia, perhaps for an infiltration operation.
1850 Mourning Dress The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Beaded Cap 1850-1875 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
And for Alexia.
1870 Mourning Dress The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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