Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Today is the offical release date in the US of Soulless Vol. 2. This is the manga version of Changeless. In honor of the event I am presenting to you some of my favorite picks and things coordinated to the most excellent cover REM drew for this book.

First, the person most likely to dress up and match such and event is, naturally, Lord Akeldama.

1775-1789  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for Mrs. Loontwill to carry in her misspent youth.

1810-1811 Parasol   The Victoria & Albert Museum

Something for Dimity to wear, in the Finishing School series. She does like bling.

Something for Countess Nadasdy to wear in the Parasol Protectorate series.
1870s  Christie’s

So far as the Rack is concerned, the 1950s were all about turquoise. I happen to adore the idea of a day dress: full skirt cut with tight bodice, full support. The color looks good on my complexion so if I have the chance I'll certainly pick one up! Here's some awesome versions, variation in tone and cut.

Leather 1953 Bonnie Cashin  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1950s  Christian Dior  Whitaker Auctions

1950s  Timeless Vixen Vintage

1955 Thunderbird

Elie Saab Spring 2013 showed a lot of fun turquoise looks.

Those of you who follow my blog will know I've been immured in Prudence recently and that in this first book they jaunt off to India.

And, of course, there is the stone from which we get the name turquoise.

Turquoise & Diamond Necklace

 Turquoise and Diamond Bracelet  Cartier  Christie’s

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


  1. Absolutely gorgeous! Those shoes are to-die-for. They, literally, make my mouth water.

  2. Congratulations on the release of the second manga! I'll have to seek it out in my local bookstore when I go this weekend. Love all the different turquoise objects :)

  3. I love turquoise but I just don't have the colouring for it, sadly - it just makes me look appallingly washed out. Many congrats on Manga II!

  4. Ah ha! So that is what a dirigible flying skirt with straps looks like. I have just finished reading Changeless, and have been musing over the construction for days.

    1. I have a whole blog on the subject as well, if you want more. http://gailcarriger.livejournal.com/136152.html


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