Poison or Protect: A Delightfully Deadly Novella, my first major self-published story set in the world of the Parasol Protectorate and Finishing School books, it out now. The cover, after much consideration, is a cool purple color with hints of blue.
We went with this color because the main character, the Assassin Preshea, is kind of a cool customer. But still very feminine and purple just seemed to work really well for her.
Here, inspired by that cover, are some fun purple dresses that I could imagine Preshea choosing to wear throughout the ages. She is a very fashionable young lady but her preference is for things on the deadly side of elegant.
In the Finishing School books...
During Poison or Protect...
|Day Dress 1860s Augusta Auctions|
During the time of the Parasol Protectorate books...
|Day dress ca. 1870 From the Kent State University Museum via fripperiesandfobs tumblr|
|1879 The Victoria & Albert Museum|
|1883 Musée Galliera de la Mode de la Ville de Paris|
During and after the time of the Custard Protocol books...
|1890 Necklace late 19th century Christie’s|
|Half-Mourning Ensemble 1897-1899 The FIDM Museum|
|late 19th century- early 20th century The Philadelphia Museum of Art|
|1900 edwardian-time-machine tumblr|
|Tea Gown Jean-Philippe Worth, 1905 The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|1910-1913 Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arketektur, og Design|
I imagine Preshea would be one of those hugely annoying women who remains perfectly skinny and utterly fashionable well into her dotage.
And some pieces Gail covets...
|1920 Brooch Christie’s|
|1930s Rococo Vintage|
|1950s Timeless Vixen Vintage|
|1958 Shoes Fragiacomo, 1958 The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|1960s Mill Street Vintage|
And purple on the runways of today...
|2014 Oscar de la Renta tweed dress net-a-porter.com|
|2014 Reem Acra long sleeve embroidered illusion gown at shopbop.com|
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