Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Gail Carriger Presentation Outfit ~ Why I wore Vintage 1950s Red & Black Flowered Sheath


I recently did a Business of Writing presentation. I don't do this often, but I feel like I'm getting to the point in my career where I should pay it forward. A kind of, "Let me tell you what I have learned from my mistakes so you don't have to."

Anyway, this is what I chose to wear for my presentation:


I always think of red and black as power colors

I'm not sure there is any scientific reality to my assumption, or if, instead it's just that I feel more powerful when I'm wearing them. I blame Star Trek. Red makes me feel in command.
Also this is a pretty comfortable and cool outfit, it's light weight and simple, and doesn't wrinkle easily. It's one of my go to outfits in general, and for autumn in particular, I think, because of the color profile.

This outfit, from the 1950s, is in two parts: a black cotton shift dress with red & orange applique flowers that perfectly matches a stiffened georgette jacket.


In 2012 in just the sheath in Spain, before my publisher there folded
In 2012 at a romance event in LA

The jacket has been a bit of a problem over the years, because it is georgette with a fused backing from the 1950s it's actually pretty fragile. I've repaired it a number of times. Fortunately, the pattern is so busy it's hard to see the repair stitches. It does, however, mean that a presentation is a much better venue then a convention (where I am doing a lot more risky stuff).


Wearing this dress at a convention before I promptly ripped the jacket. 
I love this dress because it feels faintly Spanish influenced and it reminds me of this one on Joan in Madmen:


I keep waiting for eShakti to do a run on this style of dress but I suspect the fabric is hard to come by as is, and no one wants to do that kind of applique anymore!
I'm wild about this swim suit:
Bathing Suit  1950s  Timeless Vixen Vintage

For the characters!


For Mrs Barnaclegoose in the Finishing School series...

1855 Kerry Taylor Auctions

Countess Nadasdy in the Parasol Protectorate series...


Charles Fredrick Worth, 1878-1880  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

And the countess later in Romancing the Inventor...


1885  Kerry Taylor Auctions

Boots  1885  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art


Vintage velvet hat with applique leaves (gift), vintage glasses (gift from a reader) with my prescription, necklace vintage heirloom, dress & jacket 1950s, modern CK wedge sandals from several seasons ago (similar $15-30).
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