I had been getting into a bit of 1920s dressing recently while modelling for my vintage shop, but I somehow didn't feel like going Flapper this time; so as the Prohibition Era kind of lasted into the 1930s, I went with a more 1930s full-gowned look. Another consideration was what people in the 1920s and 1930s would dress up as for fancy balls, when not in their everyday trendy wear. The fairies were a popular theme, which was quite what I had in mind. I will probably do a post of the inspirations later as well.
|(Photo courtesy of Ronan McCall from Film Fatale)|
And here are two on the stairs for the full length:
(I can't believe how I actually accomplished the new hairdo [it's a variation of the Civil War "Luana Braid"]; best I have done of it so far, seriously.)
The end result is a bit ambiguously between fairy (A Midsummer Night's Dream Titania fairy queen kind), Vivien Leigh's ballet costume in Waterloo Bridge, and maybe just a 1930s Hollywood lady dressed formal; which was good with me as I was actually trying to avoid dressing up too specifically. The accessories included my favourite, currently overused big drawstring bag (it looks old-fashioned but is a modern reproduction), 1960s white ruched nylon gloves from the treasure trove Lucy's Lounge in town, a 1920s (1920s!) Art Deco pattern gold-tone jewelled clamp bangle, and lastly but most sparkly, 1940s rhinestone clip-on earrings found at my friend Moira's stall at the Purevintage Fair.
The entrance to the secret venue was on Wicklow Street in City Centre with Charlie Chaplin as gatekeeper, leading to a restaurant that had been converted to a Speakeasy den for the night. We had quite a queue in, so I took some photos while in the line; it looked like boarding Titanic?
Inside cabaret and burlesque performances awaited. Miss Truly DiVine (I first knew Miss Truly DiVine when I too was playing at The Ferocious Mingle Market a few years ago, though I'm not sure if she remembered me until more recently, as I might have grown a bit older since then) was putting on her Marlene Dietrich song act.
I have missed Film Fatale's December movie It's a Wonderful Life, but am thinking about the February screening of The Artist which is also a celebration of FF's third birthday - the only problem is that I have already seen it in the cinema before! Oh well, I suppose I might give in and go...I could imagine tickets must be going fast!