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Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White

Is there anything more classic than black and white?  I do love it so. And it's been all over the runways for fall. Today, Fashionable Reader, a collection of lust worthy black and white outfits that I hope will inspire you to try this combination.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White
 1912-1913 Jean-Philippe Worth  Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arketektur, og Design

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White

And now something for the various characters!

Rue, who is often dressed by her adopted father, has a predilection for Worth gowns. Here's something he might insist she were of an evening. She does like long coats, like her blood father, for similar reasons.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White




 1900 Evening Coat  Jean-Philippe Worth  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And to go underneath.
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White
 1900s  The Minnesota Historical Society

Something for Primrose. Who patronizes various fashion houses, and likes a few more frills.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White
1900-1905  Visiting Dress  Jacques Doucet, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


And, as Halloween is just aroudn the corner, here's a option for a fun black and white outfit.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & White

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

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

In keeping with the Win an ARC contest over on my other blog today I present to you, Fashionable Reader, outfits inspired by the cover of my forthcoming book, Etiquette & Espionage the first of my new YA Finishing School series.

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

First, a couple of gowns that might be worn by the characters in these books . . .


Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
  1860s skating costume

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
1866-1868  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

And something for Primrose to wear in the forthcoming Parasol Protectorate Abroad series.

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
1890-1895  The Victoria & Albert Museum

 Some vintage picks for the Rack:

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1914 Dinner Dress  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1925  Raymond C. Yard  Christie’s

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail CarrigerBook Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1938 Evening Suit  Elsa Schiaparelli  The Arizona Costume Institute; 1938-1939Suit  Elsa Schiaparelli,   The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1940 Elsa Schiaparelli  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail CarrigerBook Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1940 Schiaparelli ensemble; 1943 Sally Victor  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1945 Evening Gown  Elizabeth Hawes  Augusta Auctions

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1954 Cocktail Dress  Christian Dior  The Chicago History Museum

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1955 Norman Norell  The Indianapolis Museum of Art

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1958 Jacques Fath  The McCord Museum

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1959 Cristobal Balenciaga  The Henry Ford Costume Collection

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Joan on Mad Men c. early 1960s look

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger


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

Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger

In honor of Steampunk Invasion Day this Saturday at San Diego Comic Con here are some fashionable images ~ vintage, retro, and modern ~ that felt a little steampunky to me. Enjoy, fashionable reader!

Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 Alexander McQueen rivet-detailed leather waist belt net-a-porter.com

Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 Fun DIY project
Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
Made by Cake Wrecks reader Lisa N

Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 self.


Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 1952 Cossack  Charles James,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail CarrigerSteampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 1908 Golf Ensemble The Victoria & Albert Museum; 1896-1898  Cycling Ensemble  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 1890-1910  Spats The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 1905  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail CarrigerSteampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 1908  The Philadelphia Museum of Art; 1900  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail CarrigerSteampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 1885  The Philadelphia Museum of Art; 1885  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail CarrigerSteampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 1880  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1873-1879  The Metropolitan Museum of Art


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

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger

Upon occasion my characters will hijack my author blog. Today, Madame Lefoux has hijacked this blog. She hopes you enjoy it, Fashionable Reader.

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
 Right: 1828-1830  The Victoria & Albert Museum
A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
 Left: 1937  The Victoria & Albert Museum

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
 First: Evening Suit  1885  The Victoria & Albert Museum, Last: Tuxedo  Jeanne Lanvin, 1927  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
 Wedding Stock  1835  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
 Sally Victor, 1944  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

So, Fashionable Reader, I am procrastinating terribly and have decided to post one of my occasional book outfit posts. Today, we will take a look at Changeless.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Book the Second of the Parasol Protectorate is all greys and black and teal. I've two outfits influenced by this book and formal one, as you see above and the flowing, which is more casual.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

I love Alexia's dress on this cover, it's probably my favorite. In fact, I had it made up for me from Clockwork Couture.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger


Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

 One of the things I really love about the Changeless cover is the range of teal to turquoise in both the dress and an script background slashes.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Here are some Retro Rack friendly images I've collected inspired by this cover, starting with some fun vintage pieces.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger
1912 Tunic dress Museum Purchase

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger
 1930s Timeless Vixen Vintage; 1932  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger
 1940 nov; 1953 Norman Norell  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger
 1960 Hubert de Givenchy  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1961 Roger Vivier for Dior,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Here we have some retro images.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger


Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger


Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

And here are a few modern takes on this color pallet.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Some interior design inspiration from this color pallet.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Something for Sophronia to wear in the Finishing School Series

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger
1860s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for young Prudence to wear, in between the Parasol Protectorate and the Parasol Protectorate abroad books.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger
1885 Girl’s Dress  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

And I will leave you with . . . cake!

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

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

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

As I just blogged about on my Author blog, this here is my new cover for the Spanish edition of Blameless.

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

There is something very Spanish about it, perhaps the color pallet. Perhaps it is her profile. Perhaps it is the little lace gloves. Delving into my own wardrobe I uncovered the following items of clothing that might go with this book.

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

And here are some fun fashion items from around and about the interwebs to match . . .

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
This Prada necklace at prada.com
Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Ombre patent leather Vernice Bowler from Prada
Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Bow Pumps

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
 Abbey-Lee-Kershaw-Vogue-Russia-Design Scene Net
Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Diane von Furstenberg

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Ruby and Diamond Necklace Michele Della Valle  Christie’s
Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Moustashe Pumps

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Dita; Monique-Lhuillier

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Emilio Pucci from a magazine

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Amazing bloody nails

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
 Vena Cava; Derek Lamb

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
From a magazine
Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Kendra Scott Maxine earrings

Vintage looks

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1961 Cocktail Hat  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Marilyn Monroe

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
 1950s Cocktail Dress  Pierre Balmain  Whitaker Auctions; 1950s  The Frock

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1948 Cocktail Dress  Cristobal Balenciaga,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1945  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
 1940s  Timeless Vixen Vintage; 1930s  Timeless Vixen Vintage

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
 1925 Coco Chanel  The Chicago History Museum; 1910s  Antique Dress

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1910s  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1902  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For the Characters


For Alexia after the Parasol Protectorate series

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1880s  Whitaker Acutions

For Countess Nadasdy after the Parasol Protectorate series

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1885 Charles Fredrick Worth  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
 For Ivy after the Parasol Protectorate series

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1885-1886 Charles Fredrick Worth,  The Museum of the City of New York

For Prudence after the Parasol Protectorate series

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1884-1887 Mantle  Emile Pingat, The FIDM Museum

For Primrose in the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1896  Whitaker Auctions

And for Prudence in the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1890s  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1890-1899  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Black & WhiteBook Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail CarrigerSteampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail CarrigerA Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

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