Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Gail Carriger in Colorado Springs in Black and White at Pikes Peak 2014

I've been inspired by black and white recently, there's some so crisp about it, Fashionable Reader.

BW town and country paris

So when I was packing for Pikes Peak Writers Conference I was drawn to my favorite black and white wingtip spectator peep toe shoes and packed accordingly. This sudden black and white obsession could be my cat's fault, hard to know.

Obligatory cat photo

Here's the outfits that resulted:

Friday; Saturday; Sunday

On Friday a black & white polka dotted dress (just an old cheap one from Ross) with simple white headband and vintage bauble necklace.
On Saturday: the black shirt I made out of a black dress I didn't wear paired with the black & white skirt my mom made for me before BEA, black hat (vintage gift), and octopus necklace (reader gift).
On Sunday: a black a-line skirt from the 1970s (gift) with white striped button blouse, H&M blazer, white belt, and black and white kerchief. The white gloves are super cute with this little bow but I think they are 1980s, not 40s as I once supposed.

That black shirt on Saturday started life as a dress rather like this:

Jacques Fath, dress1954. Photo by Georges Dambier via theniftyfifties tumblr
In the first two images I'm wearing a DG full coverage custom corset underneath, that's why the outfits look so good. I had intended to wear it the entire time (bras are a challenge right now) but even I, corset diva, could not handle full coverage and high altitude. Never did I think there would come a time when I would give over a corset, Colorado Springs was that time. Or should I say: that place? Note for future packing, no corsets above 3000 feet.

1950s  Timeless Vixen Vintage

So back to black and white. I found this dress image and decided to build a whole imaginary outfit around it.  Here we go...

1945  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1930 Clip Brooch  Dusausoy, 1930  Sotheby’s

1925 Bracelet  1925  Christie’s

Ring 1925  Sotheby’s

1925  Christie’s

1920 Necklace  1920  Christie’s

1900 Stockings  late 19th century early 20th century  The Victoria & Albert Museum
Not Flurvogs

"Avoid saying any thing to women in showy attire, with painted faces, and white kid gloves."
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

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  1. I adored all of your outfits! You looked amazing. And I really need to absorb your corset knowledge.
    Love this post!

    1. Thank you thank you! I do have lots about corsets if you need. You cna just search this blog using "corset."

  2. MK pointed me in this direction, and I'm so glad she did! OMG. That Timeless Vixen dress is...WOW. I love your style, too. Also...corsets above 3000 feet = bad. Got it.


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