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Gail Carriger at an Edwardian Picnic Costuming Report


The one weekend I was home in August I went to an Edwardian Picnic in the East Bay.

Gail Carriger at an Edwardian Picnic Costuming Report

This is not a time for which I have any specifically period accurate attire. Or better put, I have one late Edwardian costume but it's an indoor only evening gown with a long train that needs repairs. So I put this outfit together from bits and bobs. The hat is from an old (now defunct) walking dress outfit. The shirt is actually a 1970s peignoir, the skirt is actually the underskirt for the above mentioned evening gown and the vest I picked up at a thrift ages eyes ago and only now fits me (after the Rack Reduction, although it's still a bit tight in the boobs). Those are 1950s vintage leather gloves and that's a modern parasol. (I got the parasol from Lace Parasols Online, my favorite parasol purveyor. This is their Penelope and it's not lace, but broderie anglaise, which is why I like it so much. Everyone has the lace ones these days.)

Gail Carriger at an Edwardian Picnic Costuming Report

Here you can see the hat a bit more. That's what happens to hats when left alone too long with me and a glue gun. I'm not wearing my standard glasses or lippy, and I've a ton of fake hair pinned on. How Gail looks incognito.

Here's the hat close up:

Gail Carriger at an Edwardian Picnic Costuming Report
And here are the shoes:

Gail Carriger at an Edwardian Picnic Costuming Report
These are super old I found them at a thrift store in the 90s.  But the brown ribbon in myself, now I think I'll switch to gold or cream so I can wear them with more stuff.

Gail Carriger at an Edwardian Picnic Costuming Report

The picnic was quite lovely with everyone under the trees stylishly dressed. We had delicious nibbled and lovely tea.

Gail Carriger at an Edwardian Picnic Costuming Report

Here are a few more outfits that caught my eye...

Gail Carriger at an Edwardian Picnic Costuming Report

Gail Carriger at an Edwardian Picnic Costuming Report

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All in all a lovely little interlude over a busy weekend. Hope you all had lovely times too.

Gail Carriger at an Edwardian Picnic Costuming Report

Costuming tip! Hat Trick: Instant Edwardian Glamour Using a Wreath and Wide Straw Hat
via The Pragmatic Costumer

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3 Comments on Retro Rack: Gail Carriger at an Edwardian Picnic Costuming Report

  • archersangel
    on August 23, 2016 | 21:44 archersangelsaid :
    "the outfit really come together. did i miss what the shoes were?"
  • jmcwilliams
    on September 11, 2016 | 19:22 jmcwilliamssaid :
    "I can see myself in the background of a photo–pity I did not recognize you with the fun wig!"
  • jmcwilliams
    on September 11, 2016 | 19:22 jmcwilliamssaid :
    "Pity I didn't recognize you with the fun wig! Delighted you came and had a good time!"
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