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Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger

On the cover of Blameless (which may be my favorite cover partly because of the "oops" which you see in action here) Donna wears a loved wine red traveling suit.

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger

It reminds me of a steampunk version of this famous one by Chanel.

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger
Suit  Coco Chanel, 1938  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Here are a couple of outfits from my wardrobe that I put together to match the cover of Blameless.

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger
A formal outfit using my Jessica Wiggle dress $98, a black velvet and feather jacket gift from a friend, black velvet hat gift from another friend, beeded bag gift from my mum, grey hematite jewelry set gift from my mum, and black and white spectator shoes by Via Spiga $50 Nordstrom Rack. 

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger
A funky casual outfit using a leather look pleated skirt from BCBG $50; a jersey red shirt with Asian style from a thrift store in SF $15; gold and black patent mini bag inherited from my grandmother, ace of spades earrings from Dark Garden $30; and plaid tights from Target a few years back $15.

Thinking about Blameless reminded me, yet again of my love of the red dress.Here are some I've gathered from about the net that I consider appropriate to the Rack. First, retro inspiration . . .

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger
 1955 Christian Dior cocktail dress via The Victoria & Albert Museum; 1963  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger

Some retro takes:

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger
Self at Sword & Laser interview with pencil dress & Leopard; and rocking the red with white at WorldCon 2011 and best arm candy ever, the BFF

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger
The Jessica Wiggle with black & white in Germany, and with black

And now for some modern options!

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger
 Three looks from Elie Saab Spring 2013

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger
Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Belted Dolman Sleeve Sheath Dress

I'm optimistic. Looks like red might be around for Spring 2013. Regardless, I'll wear it anyway.

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

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Today is the offical release date in the US of Soulless Vol. 2. This is the manga version of Changeless. In honor of the event I am presenting to you some of my favorite picks and things coordinated to the most excellent cover REM drew for this book.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

First, the person most likely to dress up and match such and event is, naturally, Lord Akeldama.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
1775-1789  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for Mrs. Loontwill to carry in her misspent youth.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
1810-1811 Parasol   The Victoria & Albert Museum

Something for Dimity to wear, in the Finishing School series. She does like bling.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Something for Countess Nadasdy to wear in the Parasol Protectorate series.
Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
1870s  Christie’s

So far as the Rack is concerned, the 1950s were all about turquoise. I happen to adore the idea of a day dress: full skirt cut with tight bodice, full support. The color looks good on my complexion so if I have the chance I'll certainly pick one up! Here's some awesome versions, variation in tone and cut.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
Leather 1953 Bonnie Cashin  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
1950s  Christian Dior  Whitaker Auctions

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
1950s  Timeless Vixen Vintage

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
1955 Thunderbird

Elie Saab Spring 2013 showed a lot of fun turquoise looks.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Those of you who follow my blog will know I've been immured in Prudence recently and that in this first book they jaunt off to India.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

And, of course, there is the stone from which we get the name turquoise.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
Turquoise & Diamond Necklace

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
 Turquoise and Diamond Bracelet  Cartier  Christie’s

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger


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

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

In keeping with the Win an ARC contest over on my other blog today I present to you, Fashionable Reader, outfits inspired by the cover of my forthcoming book, Etiquette & Espionage the first of my new YA Finishing School series.

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

First, a couple of gowns that might be worn by the characters in these books . . .


Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
  1860s skating costume

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
1866-1868  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

And something for Primrose to wear in the forthcoming Parasol Protectorate Abroad series.

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
1890-1895  The Victoria & Albert Museum

 Some vintage picks for the Rack:

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1914 Dinner Dress  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1925  Raymond C. Yard  Christie’s

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail CarrigerBook Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1938 Evening Suit  Elsa Schiaparelli  The Arizona Costume Institute; 1938-1939Suit  Elsa Schiaparelli,   The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1940 Elsa Schiaparelli  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail CarrigerBook Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1940 Schiaparelli ensemble; 1943 Sally Victor  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1945 Evening Gown  Elizabeth Hawes  Augusta Auctions

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1954 Cocktail Dress  Christian Dior  The Chicago History Museum

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1955 Norman Norell  The Indianapolis Museum of Art

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1958 Jacques Fath  The McCord Museum

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
 1959 Cristobal Balenciaga  The Henry Ford Costume Collection

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Joan on Mad Men c. early 1960s look

Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger


Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.
A Timeline for Planning Outfits for a Book Tour by Gail Carriger Book Outfits in Blue ~ German & French Covers of Soulless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Parasol Protectorate Omnibus Vol. 1 by Gail Carriger Looks Inspired By Books ~ The Parasol Protectorate Omnibus Vol. 2 by Gail Carriger Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger Book Inspiration ~ Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

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