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Cover Cosplay for Gail Carriger Books, Literally, At the Alaska Steamposium


So at the Alaska Steamposium the con com were given a challenge: Dress like a Gail Carriger cover. Beatrix took it literally.

Cover Cosplay for Gail Carriger Books, Literally, At the Alaska Steamposium

The outfit was covered in details from my books including such things as...

Cover Cosplay for Gail Carriger Books, Literally, At the Alaska Steamposium

Dandelion Fluff on a Spoon.

Cover Cosplay for Gail Carriger Books, Literally, At the Alaska Steamposium

Flowers, bows ribbons and so forth all made from pages and paper.

Cover Cosplay for Gail Carriger Books, Literally, At the Alaska Steamposium

There was even a tiny book written by, as Beatrix put it, any one of the Lefouxs.

Cover Cosplay for Gail Carriger Books, Literally, At the Alaska Steamposium

Cover Cosplay for Gail Carriger Books, Literally, At the Alaska Steamposium

Really remarkable work.

Cover Cosplay for Gail Carriger Books, Literally, At the Alaska Steamposium
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Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I gets a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

CLOSED Become Madame Lefoux Yourself, Cosplay Give Away with Gail Carriger!


Hello, my dear Fashionable Readers!

It's Giveaway Time!


So at one point I myself dressed up as my own character, Madame Lefoux. In honor of the release of Romancing the Inventor I'm giving away the outfit that I wore!

It's a size 4-6. Definitely the smaller end of 6. So if you aren't around that size (or want to give it to someone who is) please don't play along. I'm sorry, I know, but it's what I have.

So what can you win?


CLOSED Become Madame Lefoux Yourself, Cosplay Give Away with Gail Carriger!

I'm giving away:
  • 1930s grey wool blend women's riding suit. It has a long, 3-pocket jacket, and tight, high-wasted, jodhpur-style trousers with reinforced inner knee area. I am 5"7' and the pants are quite short on me (by design). I mention this so shorter ladies realized they would not have to tailor them. (People who might want to enter so they can resell, you should be warned that this suit has some damage that will drastically reduce resale value. So, uh, don't bother? Please leave if for my fans who really want to cosplay.)
  • Tan stripped pussycat bow blouse.
  • The boots, gloves, and vest are not included.

CLOSED Become Madame Lefoux Yourself, Cosplay Give Away with Gail Carriger!

The suit has been repaired in several areas due to moth holes (that's the reason it became a costume piece). Here's one similar from a museum collection.

CLOSED Become Madame Lefoux Yourself, Cosplay Give Away with Gail Carriger!
Riding habit, 1920-30 via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

 Not pictured but included are:
  • Pocket square
  • A signed copy of Romancing the Inventor
  • Signed wrap cover art of Heartless
  • Brian Kesinger octopus training books
  • Small paper parasol
  • Madame Lefoux's business card 
  • Steampunk octopus necklace & earrings
  • Assorted Gail Carriger swag 
  • Fake mustaches!

To enter fill in this form here and comment with your favorite scene from Romancing the Inventor, and please join my newsletter, if you aren't already on it.

You have until November 30!

CLOSED Become Madame Lefoux Yourself, Cosplay Give Away with Gail Carriger!


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

You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.
Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I gets a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Gail Carriger's Game: Spot That Outfit in Imprudence Answer!


So a little while ago I blogged about Rue wearing the following outfit in Imprudence. I asked you, Fashionable Reader, to tell me which chapter in order to win a special goodie box (winner was randomly chosen from all correct answers). The winner, Michelle, has been notified and confirmed her address so her box is in the mail.

The answer?

Rue wears this outfit in Chapter 10: Egypt


Gail Carriger's Game: Spot That Outfit in Imprudence Answer!
1890s  Nordiska Museet

Gail Carriger's Game: Spot That Outfit in Imprudence Answer!
Cutwork Leather Boots, ca. 1890 via Chicago History Museum

Aren't you made for these boots? I wrote the whole scene around them.

Gail Carriger's Game: Spot That Outfit in Imprudence Answer!
1890s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Apologies for those who did not win but there will be more contests in future.

I'm purging my costume collection which means I am giving away clothing and...

The next goodie box will be Madame Lefoux themed!


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

You can also visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.

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

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In Which Gail Carriger Gets Crafty: Turning A Little White Dress Retro Style

In Which Gail Carriger Gets Crafty: Turning A Little White Dress Retro Style

It took me a very long time to learn to wear white. My mother, being a gardener, is deeply mistrustful of the color and has never worn it my whole life. However, it is a common vintage color, or at least cream is.


My dear friend Rachel (who also Betas my books) believes that you can never trust anyone in white trousers. I will admit to once being tempted by a lovely white suit, but until this season the furthest I ever went into white was a tailored white shirt, or cream knit sweater. However, the 2011 spring runways were all about the little white dress (LWD). 

So I decided I could break away from my dear Mum, and become an Adult Who Wears White. I thought if I thrifted one and tailored it myself, perhaps I wouldn't be so scared of it. The quest was on!

In Which Gail Carriger Gets Crafty: Turning A Little White Dress Retro Style
The original dress, cream eyelet muslin from Bon Mar Thrift store, $5.
In Which Gail Carriger Gets Crafty: Turning A Little White Dress Retro Style
The modification in progress. 
Hemmed dress to shorten it and then used cut piece to make small sleeves. 
Also nipped in at the back to make more fitted at the waist. 
In Which Gail Carriger Gets Crafty: Turning A Little White Dress Retro Style
The finished dress on the dummy. Luckily I have a slip that is perfect for wearing underneath.

Here are some ideas as to how to take a dress like this from retro to street and from summer to autumn. I'm looking forward to experimenting.  Of course you don't have to go for the whole dress, you can always just do an accessory.

I'm introducing and new occasional feature to the Retro Rack blog. The book that matches your outfit!

In Which Gail Carriger Gets Crafty: Turning A Little White Dress Retro Style

For the Little White Dress I am suggesting you try an old favorite of mine, Restoree by Anne McCaffery. It's an earth-girl-stolen-to-alien-planet political drama with a great romantic thread and a light breezy tone. It has a summer read feel to it. Don't worry, the aliens are amorphous ~ no bugs. There is some plastic-surgery kind of experimentation, but it's very light. The romance element is wonderfully well done.

Have a lovely weekend all!

In Which Gail Carriger Gets Crafty: Turning A Little White Dress Retro Style
Cover Cosplay for Gail Carriger Books, Literally, At the Alaska Steamposium CLOSED Become Madame Lefoux Yourself, Cosplay Give Away with Gail Carriger!Gail Carriger's Game: Spot That Outfit in Imprudence Answer!Men's Fashion Retrospective ~ After 1900 by Gail Carriger Men's Fashion Retrospective ~ Victorian Fashion Before 1900 by Gail Carriger Gail Carriger in a Flowered Day Dress and Silly Velvet Flower Hat in San Antonio, WorldCon 2013 Outfit Report: Day 2A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger In Which Gail Carriger Gets Crafty: Turning A Little White Dress Retro Style

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