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Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid

I had so much fun at the Alameda Vintage fair last time that I went back again last weekend. I was on the hunt for some very specific items: a pair of green and gold earrings and a bangle to match, some emerald green gloves, emerald green shoes, replacement red knit top, black and white gingham petal pushers, cream lace top, cream cardy. I ended up with a little green ring and an embroidered/beaded cashmere cream sweater, both of which you will certainly see me wear at an event soon. I had a wonderful time, went with friends and ran into old friends there.

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid

Part of the fair's theme this time was steampunk. I didn't feel like going the whole hog, because I thought I might want to try stuff on, so instead I just wore my plaid 1940s dress which has some steampunk elements. My dear friend Rach took a similar approach, although don't you just love her jacket?

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid

We encountered various actual old vintage pieces, mostly from close to the turn of the century, more Prudence than Alexia. But fun to see. Nothing that would fit my Rack, of course.

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in PlaidGail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid

Mostly we had fun browsing the wares, trying on hats and giggling.

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid
 Wingtip spectator bag!

We developed a plan of attack for next time, gossiped a lot, and generally enjoyed ourselves. This time they had nibbly bits instead of absinthe drinks, a marked improvement if you ask me. I loathe absinthe. Perhaps next time they will have tea!

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid
My bag find a sibling! (Mine is the one with the parasol scarf tied to it (of course).

You may recognize the plaid dress I wore from a few other occasions. I donned it on the first day of the last Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition.

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid
 Parasol now dead; Newport News leather jacket gone to a good home; tan cloche hat given away on this blog; glasses upgraded; but I still have the dress, jewelry, and belt.

I also wore this plaid dress to RT in LA one year. I like this dress, the fit is good and because it is a modern piece it has a bit of stretch to it, a front pocket (!), and packs well. Yet it still fits over the Rack.

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in PlaidGail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid

And it's the one Locus shot me wearing for the Steampunk edition cover and used again for the film announcement recently.

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid

Plaid has been showing up all over the runways for Fall 2012. Plaid alwasy seems to show up in some form or another in the autumn.

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in PlaidGail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in PlaidGail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid
 Left DSquared; middle & right Ralph Lauren

And how about something in plaid for Alexia to wear?

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid
1880  The Museum at FIT

And just because it's so pretty:

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid
1929 Ensemble  Louiseboulanger  The Museum at FIT

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A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger

Last Friday was the annual Vintage Fashion Fair in Alameda. Being as we had heard good things, and me with my little list of necessities, we planned an excursion. "We" being my dear friend (and Beta reader), Rach, myself, and eventually the Phrannish (my other Beta reader).

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger

Now, Rach has been into vintage long before me. The girl knows things about hats. As we trundled through she found one of the most interesting hats I have seen in a long while, the Fantopper. Here she is modeling it.

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger
A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger

It's made of paper, isn't it cool? 1940s in origin and it could have been mine of $20, but . . . what would I do with it? I suppose I could have worn it to ComicCon. However I was more excited by this remarkable creature...

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger

Doesn't it look like it's caught some strange disease? It reminded me of a dress I saw on one of my Gothic Lolita blogs recently.

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger

Of course I actually did want to but this hat. It's that blush color which seams to be my obsession right now. I was a good girl and didn't: too hard to pack, very few of my events are outside,  and I already have four wide straw hats in more practical colors (white, red, collapsible cream, and grey). But so cute.

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger

It did seem that hats were the order of the day. So many of them were so Ivy worthy that of course I wanted to try them all. Yes, Ivy gets that from me. I love hats. Fortunately I have the kind of head that can wear them. I have one friend who, poor thing, can only really get away with a cowboy hat. Words fail me.

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger
 Rach bought that cute navy straw one.

In fact, a hat was one of the few things on my list. Ever since i purchased this I.Magnin dress down in Santa Cruz I have been looking for something for evening for my hair in emerald green to match. I also want pumps and gloves, but I had no luck there.

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger

But I did find a feathered band in the right colors.

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger

It's hard to see in the photo but it matches perfectly. Then I hunted for the little dress clip in gold and green for the rough end of the hairband. I'm very happy with the result. (For one thing, that band curls up into a little packable ball. Since my Europe trip pack-ability has become a major concern. You may see my at a ComicCon evening party in this outfit. I didn't snap a shot of me wearing it but this is what it looks like:

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger

I actually used to own one just like it, I might still, only it's in storage. Mine looked like this:

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger

I ended up giving it up because it didn't sit right and was so close to the color of my hair that it jsut made it look like my hair was all messed up. Great on a blonde though.

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger
From Mad Men

I rather like feather evening hats, they have a quintessentially vintage feel to them because you don't see ones like them around much anymore.Of course you don't see many day ones either.

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger

Back to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair. It wasn't just hats, that happened to be the center of out loot. There were dresses, and shoes, and sparkles as well. I ordered two new pairs of glasses with vintage frames. They haven't arrived yet, so you will have to tell me what you think when we meet in person. I fell in love with this ultra-long purse, too expensive and hard to pack, but you could practically fit a parasol inside it!


A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger

In fact, do you  what kind of parasol you could fit inside? A folding tilt parasol! And do you know what I manage to find and but at the fair . . . a folding tilt parasol!!!!

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger

Ok, so technically I wasn't looking for one. And I do have nine parasols already. And the condition wasn't great. (I don't think the seller realized quite how old it was. My guess is 1820s.) But this little puppy fits into a carry on.  Just look at it!

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger

I don't have anything for scale but that is less than the length of my forearm.

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger
Here it is extended.

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger
And here it is deployed.

A Visit to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair with Gail Carriger
And here it is lying flat on the ground in tilt position.

It took half a bottle of clear nail polish (to stop the silk from running) and some stitch witch to make repairs, but I think she will serve my event needs. I intend to decorate her a bit more. Accordingly, I'm looking to buy or make eight lace or crochet patches/doilies/flowers or silk ribbon pansies/rosettes to cover over the repairs. I also have a bee in my bonnet about making a holster for it to hang off of my cargo belt at steampunk conventions but I have a draft to finish first. No projects allowed right now. Of course, regardless, she's coming with me to Steampunk Expo this weekend. How could I not bring her?

All in all the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair was a great success. You don't have to take my word on it. Stylenik has a bunch of photos of the event as well.


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