Gail Carriger Presentation Outfit ~ Why I wore Vintage 1950s Red & Black Flowered Sheath
I recently did a Business of Writing presentation. I don't do this often, but I feel like I'm getting to the point in my career where I should pay it forward. A kind of, "Let me tell you what I have learned from my mistakes so you don't have to."
Anyway, this is what I chose to wear for my presentation:
I always think of red and black as power colors.
I'm not sure there is any scientific reality to my assumption, or if, instead it's just that I feel more powerful when I'm wearing them. I blame Star Trek. Red makes me feel in command.
Also this is a pretty comfortable and cool outfit, it's light weight and simple, and doesn't wrinkle easily. It's one of my go to outfits in general, and for autumn in particular, I think, because of the color profile.
This outfit, from the 1950s, is in two parts: a black cotton shift dress with red & orange applique flowers that perfectly matches a stiffened georgette jacket.
|In 2012 in just the sheath in Spain, before my publisher there folded|
|In 2012 at a romance event in LA|
The jacket has been a bit of a problem over the years, because it is georgette with a fused backing from the 1950s it's actually pretty fragile. I've repaired it a number of times. Fortunately, the pattern is so busy it's hard to see the repair stitches. It does, however, mean that a presentation is a much better venue then a convention (where I am doing a lot more risky stuff).
Wearing this dress at a convention before I promptly ripped the jacket.
I love this dress because it feels faintly Spanish influenced and it reminds me of this one on Joan in Madmen:
I keep waiting for eShakti to do a run on this style of dress but I suspect the fabric is hard to come by as is, and no one wants to do that kind of applique anymore!
I'm wild about this swim suit:
|Bathing Suit 1950s Timeless Vixen Vintage|
For the characters!
For Mrs Barnaclegoose in the Finishing School series...
|1855 Kerry Taylor Auctions|
Countess Nadasdy in the Parasol Protectorate series...
|Charles Fredrick Worth, 1878-1880 The Philadelphia Museum of Art|
And the countess later in Romancing the Inventor...
|1885 Kerry Taylor Auctions|
|Boots 1885 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art|
Vintage velvet hat with applique leaves (gift), vintage glasses (gift from a reader) with my prescription, necklace vintage heirloom, dress & jacket 1950s, modern CK wedge sandals from several seasons ago (similar $15-30).
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