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Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

While Etiquette & Espionage is officially not yet out, I was pleased to debut the cover of Curtsies & Conspiracies in my author blog today! As I have done for Etiquette & Espionage I thought I would do some fashion items that seems to match the book cover. Here we go!

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

 First let's start off with things from the past.

 Something for Sophronia's mother, perhaps?

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
1842 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
And an amazing broach to go with it:

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
1845  Doyle Auctions

Something for Sophronia herself to wear:

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
1850-1852 Evening Dress  The Metropolitan Museum of Art




Something for Alexia to wear in the Parasol Protectorate books.

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
1874 Afternoon Dress  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And something for underneath.

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
1884  The Chicago History Museum

Something for Prudence to wear in the Parasol Protectorate Abroad books.

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
1900s  The Goldstein Museum of Design
And to carry.

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Fan  1900  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

And how about some pretty sparkles?


Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Boucheron Plume necklace

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Harry Winston Skyscraper ring via Harry Winston on Facebook

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Vhernier necklace at vhernier.it
Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Sapphire Ring  Tiffany & Co., 1920s-1930s   Lang Antiques

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Willow Pattern Plate Set Necklace

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
The Rockefeller Sapphire via  Christie’s

Some Modern Looks


Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Zac Posen short sleeve dress;  Elie Saab Spring 2013 Blue Suit

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Roland Mouret Jarndyce Gown
And a peak at what Gail might wear to launch this next book!

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
 Blue brocade shirt, made from an 80's dress.

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Blue and white print dress & over jacket.


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

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Three Blue & Black

After a day spent in steampunk garb I changed that night for my easy royal blue dress. This is the one I put to the vote for the documentary. It's not vintage but it fits well and with the full skirt it looks good with flats.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Three Blue & Black

With the AB off and about on his own I sadly got very few pictures of this outfit. But i paired it with black and fake white diamond accessories.

I like blue and black as a color combination, I think it's quite classic but with just enough edge. Wine or red with black is so popular in goth culture, that though I love it blue and black feels fresher to me.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Three Blue & Black

To make it ultra modern I like to go for blue leather, or mix it with neutrals.And my retro cut JC Penny printed one is an old favorite. Apart form anything else, it packs great. Although, I am thinking of putting a crinoline under it to make it more poofy.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Three Blue & Black

Something for my characters to wear.

 Something for Sophronia in the Finishing School books . . .

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Three Blue & Black
1850-1852  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for Alexia in the Parasol Protectorate books . . .

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Three Blue & Black
1875  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

And something for Ivy after the Parasol Protectorate books . . .

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Three Blue & Black
 1880  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art


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

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

So, in case you hadn't guessed, Fashionable Reader, I enjoy standing out visually, but in a classy way, or course. Or as classy as I can possibly manage.  *insert snorting noise here*

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

Under circumstances such as San Diego Comic Con standing out is a challenge. There are amazing cospay ladies everywhere, from comic book characters to steampunk to cross overs between the two. There are also lost of shorts and logo t-shirts, wings and hats, and robotic attachments.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

So what did I decide to do in order to be unique? Well, frankly, just dress the way I normally do. With the exception of Saturday day, when I wore a cool adaptation of my old favorite spoon steampunk outfit, I mostly just chose nice bright ladylike dresses.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

I've been hunting down, expanding, and investing in some day dresses in light packable fabrics. And a good thing too, day dresses look much better with flats and we've already discussed that crisis. On Thursday I wore my new blue and cream dress, paired with cream accessories.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

I wore it with the matched jacket, day hat and low key pearls for daytime.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

And switched the jacket out for an evening muff, the hat for a flowered hairband, the purse for a clutch, and the daytime pearls for an evening set for that night.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

I love blue & cream (or blue & white) together. It's an elegant color combination and I just don't have enough of it in my wardrobe. I always think of Wedgwood china and the like when I see it, which reminds me of tea, which is no bad thing.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

This outfit packs beautifully. As ever, here are some other takes on this classic combo for your perusal, fashionable reader. Let us start with some great retro options.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & WhiteGail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White
 Dita-von-teese-westwood-louboutin; Dior 2011

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & WhiteGail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White
 Monique-Lhuillier; Louise-Roe-Rebecca-Taylor

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White
 stella_mccartney_resort

Here are links to a few up for purchase.
Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & WhiteGail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White
With a peplum and belt, so cute.


How about a few accessories?

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White
Cornelia James blue leather driving gloves at corneliajames.com

For a modern take on this look I really love adding a touch of red. It remains ladylike but has a bit of an edge. Black tights can also work well, or simply choosing a dress that is a little more modern.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White


How about something for the characters to wear?


For Lord Akeldama . . .

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White
1740 Waistcoat The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

For Monique in the Finishing School series . . .

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White
1860 Wedding dress Metropolitan Museum of Art

For Alexia and Ivy in the Parasol Protectorate series . . .

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White
1870 A blue dress circa from La Mode Illustree

Next up, another day dress at Comic Con! (You know you want one.) Until then I leave you with myself, manga Alexia, and a reader.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

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